Released: July 13, 1985
Released by: Warner Brothers
Hole size: Large
Pressing: I have no idea
Nerd facts: None really. I guess owning it is pretty nerdy.
1. Take On Me
1. Love Is Reason
I bought this at a “record show” at a mediocre hotel’s even more mediocre “convention center.” It was like a low rent comic book convention but with no costumes and the weirdoes selling things weren’t total d-bags. Which is odd, considering the number of “record collectors” who are total penises.
Really? You have 5 copies of Pelican’s The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw? But they’re all on different colors?
Now I’m not going to hate on colored vinyl or having a smaller pressed color or a different version of the packaging, but multiple copies of the exact same record on different colors just seems wasteful. 5 copies of a $20+ record because one is blue and the other one is dark blue. Who has that kind of gotdamn money? We’re in a fucking recession. And I’m sure they downloaded the album then the thing leaked.
Anyway, A-Ha, Take On Me, you know it know. The video was a big deal, blah blah.
Released: December 1st, 2001
Released by: Sabot Productions
Hole size: Large
Speed: 33 1/3
Pressing: I have no idea, millions of these things have been pressed
Nerd facts: None
1. Jordan’s First Choice
2. Those Anarcho Punks Are Mysterious
3. Reinventing Axl Rose
4. We Did It All For Don
The cd version of this 7” has a couple extra songs on it. One of them, Pints Of Guinness Make You Strong, is one of the better songs about a husband drinking himself to death and the wife giving up on life.
Honestly I’ve listened to this release more on mp3 than on the actual vinyl, and I completely forget that Pints Of Guinness Make You Strong wasn’t actually on the record. Lame.
Either way, I contest that these are some of Against Me!’s best songs. The liner notes/insert whatever has a little story about Armageddon, their band van and a accident involving a Mac truck.
Record Nerd Facts - Clear vinyl, English Import
1. Playground Lover
2. High School Lover
First off, The Virgin Suicides soundtrack is the best thing Air ever did. The day I bought this I went to a friends house and played over and over until his girlfriend made me take it off. This shit is so fucking good.
Record Nerd Facts - Limited to 1,000
1. Fair enough to call you friend
2. Brighter Stage
4. Give Mine
5. Why Can’t We Be This?
6. We Work all Day
7. If It Can Be Worked Out
8. Try To Smile
Asian Man records had this blow-out vinyl sale last summer. It was like 10 bucks for like 20 records. They’ll pick 20 random records and mail them to you. I jumped on that because I wanted copy of The Broadways - Broken Star on vinyl and hell that was 10 by itself so what the hell. Ahiro was one of the records I got along with that Broadways album.
Honestly, I was kind of dreading having to listen to this record again. I’ve only listened to it once and I think I only made it through one song. I’m glad I gave it a second chance though. It completely reminds me of the poorly recorded hardcore band tapes you’d buy at a show outside the Rancor Pit*. Though clearly Ahiro is no SlamDunk Rancor** or Mislead Youth***. it also reminds me a lot of Minor Threat and other hardcore of that era. All and all this isn’t that bad.
* The Rancor Pit as a shed with nails sticking out of the walls that were poorly covered with Star Wars bedsheets (like that was actually going to stop nails) that had shows at it.
** SlammDunk Rancor was a hardcore band featuring Matt Nasty.
*** Mislead Youth was the only punk band in Grand Rapids (at the time/ that I knew of) with a girl in it. She sang. I hated them.