JIMMYDO

JIMMY'S HANDY HINTS #32

BABY WIPES

Clean hands after pumping gas or changing oil.

A box left in the trunk of the car will prove a handy grease-cutter.

ROTATING:

VARIOUS ARTISTS

2 Tone Collection: A Checkered Past

Ahhh, remember that?

The boys in their big 'ol Bermuda shorts and bowling shirts on their way to smoke cloves at the kegger?

The pastel L.L. Bean clothes that made all the girls look like they worked at Hot Dog On A Stick?

Remember begging mom and dad to buy you a Vespa so you could look like the guy in Quadrophenia?

The pea coats? The Doc Martins?

Well, this was the skank-till-you-rank soundtrack to all that.

The bands: Specials, Madness, the Selector, and all the rest.

Oh gosh, what great times those were.

On second thought, not really.

 

LABRADFORD

Labradford

No this is not Dick Van Patten and Grant Goodeve’s side project (look it up, kid). It’s a very interesting band.

My pal, Nancy Hess, first pointed me in the direction of this.

Hard to explain musically but I’ll try:

Down ambient, minor keys, lots of open space, ragged tremolo electric guitars from old creaky amps, scraping sounds...very engaging.

I’ll share something with you;

The moment I put this album on, the mood actually takes my breath away and I get deep-down in the saddy-sads.

A real blues jam, papa. Weird.

Of course, you have to want to feel that way and revel in it awhile. I’ve never ever heard any other music that affects me that way.

Aaaaand, once again Jim has said too much.

 

THE REPLACEMENTS

Pleased to Meet Me

What the hell can you say about this album?

It picks you up, turns you upside down, steals your money, drop kicks you across the room, stomps on your sack, steals your woman, drinks your beer, and pees on your welcome mat on the way out.

And that's track #1…

 

CROWDED HOUSE

Woodface

What a brilliant pop band.

I find myself singing them catchy Finn Brothers songs often.

And yet there's something about them that’s a little too lightweight for my taste.

Something I can't quite put my finger on.

Okay, it's a little like the feeling I get when I see Elton John singing SATURDAY NIGHT'S ALRIGHT FOR FIGHTING.

Because I can't help but picture good ol’ gap-toothed Reginald Kenneth Dwight actually IN a street fight, getting the snot beaten out of him by hooligans.

He’s screaming and crying like a little girl, trying to run away, but one of the thugs grabs him by his feathered boa and yanks him back into the fray.

And it's all too damn funny to take serious.

I know that has nothing at all to do with Crowded House, but its all wrapped up in there with my CROWDED HOUSE problem.

I know - I need a lot of therapy, for a real long time.

 

R.E.M.

Green

I like this record a lot.

Even though it has STAND on it.

WATCHING:

ROCKY (John Avildsen)

I saw this with my parents when I was a little kid. Everyone was jumping up and down about it and I didn't see what all the fuss was about. I still don't. Figured I'd give it another chance being that I'm old...ummm, more mature now, but I'm sorry, Stallone's a meathead and this overblown Cinderella story can take a pin and hang it out it's own ass. Hmmm. I don't know what that means...I heard it on a Zappa record.

 

Mickey: You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!

TEN SONGS A-SHUFFLING:

5.14.2022

5.02pm

Here are the ten most recent songs that shuffled at my house.

 

1. Bonnie Raitt

Sugar Mama

HOME PLATE

 

2. Mike Ness

Once A Day

UNDER THE INFLUENCE

3. Kiss

Two Timer

DRESSED TO KILL

4. India Arie

Beautiful

ACOUSTIC SOUL

5. The Who

Jaguar

THE WHO SELL OUT

6. The Sandpipers

Guantanemera

GUANTANEMERA

7. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Make That Connection

PLAYBACK

8. Seven Day Diary

Starfish

SKIN AND BLISTER

9. The Chordettes

Lollipop

STAND BY ME (soundtrack)

10. The Stooges

Loose

FUN HOUSE