Got It in His Head That an IQ Is All You Need

841. Erasure: The Innocents 842. Eric B. & Rakim: Paid in Full 843. Esquerita: Vintage Voola 844. Essential Logic: Beat Rhythm News 845. David Essex: Rock On 846. Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine: Let It Loose 847. Bill Evans: The Village Vanguard Sessions 848. Bill Evans Trio at Shelly's Manne-Hole 849. Gil Evans Orchestra: Out of the Cool 850. Gil Evans: Priestess 851. The Everly Brothers Greatest Hits 852. The Golden Hits of the Everly Brothers 853. Everly Brothers: EB84 854. Every Mother's Son: Come on Down to My Boat 855. The Very Best of Fabian Mixworthy: "Paid in Full," #842; "Some Other Time," #847; "(Till) I Kissed You," "All I Have to Do Is Dream," "Problems," and "Let It Be Me," #851; "Come on Down to My Boat," #854. Oh no--Eric B. & Rakim are misfiled. They're used to the neigh- bourhood, though, so they're staying put. Spent: "Rock On." Nothing from Essential Logic, so I guess I have to turn in my copy of Lipstick Traces. I'll give it another listen--it was just too weird for me at the time, but I'll hazard a guess that 20 years later it doesn't sound all that much different than X-Ray Spex, so maybe there's something there that I should be listing...I said that Bo Diddley was my second-favourite of the early guys after Chuck Berry; actu- ally, that'd be the Everlys. I like their rock and roll fine, even if I've only listed "Problems," but they've got to be the most sublime white ballad singers ever. I saw Simon & Garfunkel at Maple Leaf Gardens last year--my first show since Sonic Youth 17 years ago, the reasons for which I'll reiterate somewhere along the line here--and it was really something when Don and Phil came out and joined them for "Bye Bye Love." Not sure if they're talking to each other at this point or not; c'mon, Everlys, can't we all just get along?...Speaking of the early guys, there was a big commotion when the Esquerita reissue came out in the mid-80s. Did anyone try to make the case that he was better than Little Richard? I can't remember--I hope not. His pompadour's higher, that much is true. ________________________________________________________________________________ 856. Faces: A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...To a Blind Horse 857. Faces: Ooh La La 858. Eria Fachin: "Savin' Myself" 12-inch 859. My Name Is Eria Fachin 860. Fair Warning: You Are the Scene! 861. The Essential John Fahey 862. Fairport Convention: Unhalfbricking 863. Fairport Convention: Rising for the Moon 864. Adam Faith: What Do You Want? 865. Faith Hope & Charity 866. Faith Hope & Charity: Life Goes On 867. Marianne Faithfull: The Best Of... 868. Marianne Faithfull: Broken English 869. The Fall: Grotesque (After the Gramme) 870. The Fall: Bend Sinister 871. The Fall: The Frenz Experiment Mixworthy: "Stay With Me" and "That's All You Need," #856; "Who Knows Where the Time Goes," #862; "Come Stay With Me," #867. I've caught up with a few of John Fahey's more famous albums on CD and would definitely be listing three or four songs from those; ditto Fairport Convention's "Time Will Show the Wiser" and "Come All Ye." The Faces' "Ooh La La" makes for a great finish in Rushmore; on its own, not good enough. Faith Hope & Charity was comprised of Brenda Hilliard (nicknamed "Faith" on their debut), Albert Bailey ("Hope"), and Diane Destry ("Charity"), yet nowhere on the two albums I have are "Faith" and "Hope" separated by a comma--not on the covers, not on the spines, and not on the records themselves. But there was never a Faith Hope; she only exists in some alternate universe along with Peter Paul, Emerson Lake, and that bastard love-child of folkie grunge and film noir, Beck Bogart... It doesn't get any better in the car these days than hearing "Stay With Me" on Q-107 every now and again. All that show-offy guitar that makes up the last minute is phenomenal. Rod Stewart and Ron Wood are still attending once-a-week sensitivity workshops as recompense for the lyrics. ________________________________________________________________________________ 872. Family: Fearless 873. Family: Bandstand 874. Family: It's Only a Movie 875. Fanny: Charity Ball 876. The Best of Donna Fargo 877. The Fast for Sale 878. Disco 3 (Fat Boys): "Reality" 12-inch 879. Fat Boys 880. Fat Boys: Big & Beautiful 881. Fat Boys: Crushin' 882. Fear: The Record 883. Fear: More Beer 884. Phil Fearon and Galaxy 885. The Feelies 886. Feelies: Only Life 887. Felt: The Pictorial Jackson Review Mixworthy: "Let's Have a War," #882; "Raised Eyebrows," #885; "It's Only Life," #886. I burned the Feelies' The Good Earth a few months ago, and overall I'd take it over either LP listed above. I was confused by the mis-alphabetization of the Disco 3 12-inch at first, figured out pretty quickly that it must be the Fat Boys, got excited thinking the record might be valuable, started checking around online and came across "The Fat Boys: A Large Body of Work" from Roctober #32: "For some time now collectors and DJs have caused vintage vinyl of 80s Hip Hop to skyrocket in price. Except for Fat Boys records. Anyone who haunts quality used records shops has likely noticed a surplus of Fat Boys LPs and their Sutra label 12" singles in the budget bins mingling with superabundant Dan Fogelberg, Neil Diamond and JFK memorial albums." Dan Fogelberg? Ouch, that hurt--my hopes and dreams of a better life crushed once more. I'm not exactly sure how I knew enough in the first place to file "Reality" in the right spot; that the Fat Boys were once the Disco 3 has never, to the best of my knowledge, been one of the four or five million useless bits of information that clut- ter up my mind. I'm guessing that wherever I got it, someone had strategically placed a "Fat Boys!" alert on the price tag, just waiting for that one buyer shrewd enough to act swiftly and decisively on such news: "Fat Boys? Man, if I don't buy this right now, it'll be gone." ________________________________________________________________________________ 888. Narvel Felts: The Touch of Felts 889. Freddy Fender: The Texas Balladeer 890. Fergus: All the Right Noises 891. The Best of Ferrante & Teicher 892. Bryan Ferry: "These Foolish Things" 893. Fetchin Bones: Cabin Flounder 894. Fetchin Bones: Bad Pumpkin 895. Fetchin Bones: Galaxy 500 896. Richard "Dimples" Fields: Mmm... 897. Dimples: Dark Gable 898. The Fiestas 899. 5th Dimension: Greatest Hits on Earth 900. 52nd Street: Children of the Night 901. Fine Young Cannibals 902. Fine Young Cannibals: The Raw & the Cooked Mixworthy: "Midnight Cowboy," #891; "So Fine," #898; "One Less Bell to Answer" and "Wedding Bell Blues," #899. Spent: "Good Thing," #902. Calling the listed songs from Greatest Hits on Earth mixworthy does not begin to de- scribe how high they sit in the pantheon for me. There might not be another record in my collection where there's such a pronounced gap between the marginality of the per- former and the brilliance of its two best songs (true of many albums when talking about one song, but two cuts the list drastically)...All the Right Noises was an early-70s Canadian release. I think Paul White, a retired Capitol A&R guy I used to work with at Backtracks, had a hand in signing Fergus, although I don't see his name in the notes... Three Fetchin Bones albums? Looking at Galaxy 500's cover--a not very subtle attempt to conjure up the look of X's Wild Gift--I remember how Bad Pumpkin seemed like a passable enough imitation at a moment when X themselves were floundering around. What I'm not sure of is the complicated relationship between Galaxy 500 the album (1987), Galaxie 500 the band (formed 1986, debut album 1988), and Galaxy 500 the car (popular Ford model, 1959-1974), other than that the band was easily the slowest of the three... I prefer the plaintive harmonica version of the Midnight Cowboy theme heard in the movie (played by Toots Thieleman) to Ferrante & Teicher's psychedelicized muzaky hit, but anything that brings to mind the film is all right by me. I'm walkin' here! I'm walkin' here!

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