This is my first attempt at sharing my thoughts on music. I found that this forum might
give me a better opportunity to share some of my recent picks beyond calling all of you
in the middle of the night and playing my stereo into your phone. Besides some of you
hang up, and you know who you are.
Here are some of my recent choices, and I have lumped these selections into the
classification of "driving" music. This means that these picks would sound best if you
play them at 2 a.m. while you drink cheap soda (I recommend A-Treat) and drive home a
little to fast with the windows down.
ONE LAST WISH 1986 (Discord)
Okay, Iím guilty of making a shrine to defunct D.C. bands, but this is a record that I have
been waiting for since the "State of the Union" compilation. One Last Wish was not
around for very long, and up until now only one song has been available to the record
buying public. For all intensive purposes 1986 is the next Rites of Spring album because
musically speaking this album picks up where the last Ritesí ep left off. Something
happen down there in D.C. in the late 80ís, some of the earlier angst was traded in for
some more thought out song writing. This record gives me the chills because sometimes
wishes do come true.
THE SCARIES WISHING ONE LAST TIME
(Route 14 Records)
Summer came early this year in the form of Chapel Hillís The Scaries. The bottom line is
that these guyís flat out rock. They donít stop the onslaught of chugging hooks and poppy
sing-a-longs. Every summer has to have "that" tape that you keep rewinding over and
over because once is never enough. Speaking of never enough hats of to these blokes for
their bouncy pop-punk rendition of the Cureís Pictures of You. I get the feeling that the
other nine songs here are all written about an ex-girlfriend, but I canít think of better
words to but between screaming octaves and pick slides.
THE WHO BBC SESSIONS (MCA)
Iím not talking about classic rock radio staples of arena rock decadence (read as "Live at
Leeds"), but what Iím talking about IS the young angry Mod Who. At one point in time
Mr. Townshead bashed away on a Rickenbacker as Hiwatt amplifiers blew up in the
background. Keith Moon needs to be remembered for his back beats that wrapped around
John Entwistle's aggressive bass lines. This is the perfect collection of live mid-60ís radio
performances that up until now were only available as scratchy bootlegs. The bonus her
is the rare recording of A Quick One (While Heís Away), the Whoís nine minute mini
opera that blows away any other rock opus from that era.
Written By: Sam P.