Musical palate cleanser, retro edition

Honestly, this cracks me up.

I’m trying to picture an R.E.M. fan who’s kept their cassette player for all these years, waiting for this moment… and I’m failing.  LOL.

Anyway, here’s the first cut off the EP, “Wolves, Lower”.

Just a reminder that Rickenbacker guitars will always rule…

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46 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, retro edition

  1. RangerRuss

    It has a good beat. I could dance to it. Sounds somewhat familiar. I give it an 82…

    Gotdam hippies.

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  2. rigger92

    Hey now, my wife’s car (2000 RAV4) and my car (‘98 528i) both have tape players AND CD players!

    But, when we were in school (‘88-‘92) neither of us got in to the REM craze, gotdamn hippies.

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    • RangerRuss

      I have a ‘95 Mustang ragtop in the garage the wife bought new in ‘94. Cassette/CD player works fine. Got Love Over Gold/Wish You Were Here on a Maxell XLII-S 90 magnetic cassette recorded off a Thorens turntable in ‘87 in the slot. Still sounds better than the CD. The Smith Brothers convinced me that you get what you pay for.
      I was at UGA 80-83. Never bought an REM recording. Never owned one. I think they’re great. Just not my jam.

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    • You guys kept your cars waiting for this release? Cool.

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      • RangerRuss

        Best reason I’ve heard to keep the old car. I had the ‘Tang totally refurbished hoping she’d sell it or drive it more often. I’m feeling a bit guilty that I never supported the local fellows. This’ll give me an opportunity. Damn right. Been waiting for this moment.

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        • Illini84

          When they played in Atlanta they would have a special unannounced sale at the Theater and sell primo seats to Athens folks in the know!

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      • PTC DAWG

        Older cars rock…not having car payments is glorious…like having an annuity.

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        • rigger92

          Back in ‘20 my wife sold her new car back to the dealer and made a nice chunk of change. I already had 2 old cars so she just started driving one of them. I got into the routine of scouring craigslist for well cared for older cars (BMW mainly) and when something catches my eye I pick it up (nothing over $5k), spend a couple thousand on new/refresh parts (mainly suspension, brakes, cooling system, fuel pump) and do the work myself. It’s fun, they’re all worth more than I paid for them now. Only downside is my insurance bill is starting to creep with 6 cars on it, lol. That RAV4 is meant for my daughter, turns 15 this year. My wife wants to find another first gen RAV for herself now.

          If I had to pay someone else to bring a car back to life it would be ridiculous though.

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          • RangerRuss

            That’s a helluva thing if you’ve got the capability and time. I seriously looked into having a speed shop restore Dad’s F-100 rather than buy the 2020. Better than new for $38-42k. A little more than half the price of a new truck. Went with the new one.
            I’d burn in hell or drive a piece of Chevrolet before I’d ever own a foreign car.
            😉

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    • silvercreekdawg

      Rigger, I was there at roughly the same time as you (‘90-‘93). My roommate’s sister was REM’s secretary at their business office, so I got to know the guys fairly well. They performed at her wedding while we were in school.

      Saw them live in ‘83 at Georgia Southern College after a basketball game and thought they’d never amount to anything. Told Stipe that story when I was a UGA student and he doubled over laughing because he agreed with me about their career at that point.

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      • rigger92

        My first 2 years were living in Hill Hall, REM blared 24/7 in that dorm and it just killed it for me with them.

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  3. Love that EP. “Carnival of Sorts” is one of my all time favorite R.E.M. songs.

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  4. thenewandimprovedtronan

    This came out when I was a sophomore in high school. I was fortunate to hear it because 96 Rock was big into promoting local bands at the time (remember the “Home Cooking” series?). For a brief time, they’d intersperse crotch rock like Van Halen and Molly Hatchett with newer sounds like REM and the Producers. It was fun while it lasted.

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  5. Illini84

    I run an AM’/FM cassette in my 66 Chevy truck.

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    • RangerRuss

      I84, do you know why the new Chevys have those dual exhausts?

      You can use it for a wheelbarrow when the motor dies.

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      • Illini84

        I’d rather push a Chevy than drive a Ford!

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        • RangerRuss

          I drove an 85 F-150 for 17 years. Had an extensive tool box and a Haynes Manual to keep it running that long. Converted the rotting plastic EEC2 smog control to a 77 carburetor. Just couldn’t save the truck. Plastic dash and doors fell apart. Planned obsolescence.
          Those old steel 60’s trucks will run forever properly maintained.

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          • Illini84

            Steel dash, steering wheel that will go right through your chest in a head-on, dry breaks with a single master cylinder! Mine has a crate 350 with a 2bbl Rochester, electronic ignition, fairly new 3 Spd Saginaw with a Hurst shifter I recently replaced, and a rebuilt rearend. I replaced the bed a couple of years back but couldn’t hack the cost of the kit so I used 3/4″ treated.I’m also running “Smithy’s Steelpacks”, purrs like a kitten till I light it up! My buddies, RIP, helped! I had a 62 GMC with a 305 V6 before I moved down here, same basic truck but a short bed.

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            • Illini84

              Drum breaks

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            • RangerRuss

              Ah yeah! After borrowing Dad’s pop rivet kit and an old sling for closing the door after the plastic fell apart, he lamented the throwaway aspect of those models. You know, “Make a Ford and a Chevy that still last ten years like it should.” But then we talked about back in the day you’d be lucky to get 100,000 miles out of a set of rings. New ones are almost indestructible with proper oil change and not being stupid.
              My buddies and I did all my maintenance until I ordered a Southern Package F-150 in 2001. Drove it for 20 years and never even changed the oil myself. Sold it to to StatWoman and she drove it to Iowa and towed an old vehicle back last month. Trucks are more durable than ever now. Treated properly the drive train won’t let you down.
              I have to Google how to open the hood on the new truck. Shit, I can’t even change the battery when it dies.
              3 trucks since I graduated UGA in ‘83. Paid cash for ‘em all.
              “like having an annuity.”

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              • Illini84

                I sanded mine down in front of the house and then had it painted with “John Deere Blitz Black” the paint they use on the wheel wells of tractors. The hoods on the 61-66’s are beasts and the springs will take your head off if you’re not careful when taking them off. The door panels on her are sheet metal but they put stainless screws in them. When I had to replace the mechanism in the doors I had to take the panels off and it was nearly impossible to drill the screw heads to get them off! All in all I’ve taken the whole thing apart in 35 years and I know it like the back of my hand. When I put he floor shifter in I drilled holes in the floor and used a cold chisel and hack saw to make the hole! I have shoulder belts for it but I have speakers in the columns and I can’t figure out how to anchor them! First world problems!

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    • Raleighwood Rob

      Such a beauty!

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    • Got Cowdog

      Love the beater. What’s the hood ornament?

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  6. Illini84

    I moved here in 84 and went to see them on Legion Field (in that truck) in 85? I remember walking up to the gate and thinking, wow the Bryds are opening for them!

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    • Loved that show! I was a freshman living in Russell Hall, and they were already my favorite band. I went with a dorm buddy and a cooler very early and stood against the stage. Fantastic show, but looking back I wish I was old enough then to appreciate that Alex Chilton opened.

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      • Illini84

        I must have missed that!

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        • Having graduated (for the second time) in ’79 I missed that show. Luckily, I was living in Atlanta then and would regularly see them on Wednesday nights at 688 for a whopping $1 cover. I could also get over to the Celebrity Club on Ponce and catch Dreams So Real, sometimes on the same night. Great days, man.

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  7. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    No Senator, for some reason, Hipster younger Millennials and Gen-Z, in looking for their own “thing” (like how Gen-X and older Millennials have gone heavy on collecting classic vinyl) are now collecting shitty used cassettes. No lie. The resurgence is baffling to more than a few record store owners I know, and not just because the fidelity of magnetic tape sucks.

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    • Illini84

      Petty’s Full Moon Fever CD has a notice at the end of side one. “Hello, CD listeners. We’ve come to the point in this album where those listening on cassette, or record, will have to stand up, or sit down, and turn over the record, or tape. In fairness to those listeners, we’ll now take a few seconds before we begin side two. [pause] Thank you. Here’s side two.”

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    • RangerRuss

      As I stated before, you get what you pay for in cassettes. Those shitty commercial tapes you could buy in lieu of vinyl back in the 80’s had bad sound and were of dubious quality. I have some and won’t put them in my car stereo for fear of them fucking up my player.
      The blank metal cassettes that cost as much as an album were certainly worth the money. 35 year old tapes still going strong.

      I bought a Panasonic stereo/turntable/8 track in 1975. Left that at home when I matriculated HS. Recorded mom some Jim Reeves, Sonny James and such on 8 track. She was still listening to those tapes last year when she moved into Magnolia Estates. Nephew bought the place. I told him he could trash all that shit.

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  8. Dawg93

    I’ve owned “Dead Letter Office” on CD for years and they have all of the songs from “Chronic Town” plus a bunch of other good covers and one-offs, so I’ll probably pass on this. But I do love that these songs are getting some love. “Wolves, Lower” is easily in my top 5 REM songs. I will say, though, that I always liked the “Eponymous” version of “Gardening at Night” over this version because of Stipe’s vocals.

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  9. ugafidelis

    Cassettes, CDs, and vinyl are all making a resurgence. My youngest is into music and he and his buddies love going to Goodwill and looking through the old albums. Hell I’ve still got a mix tape that a young lady made me (in high school) and I’ll pop it in the tape deck of my 04 Chevy from time to time.

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  10. Derek Anderson

    I always enjoy the R.E.M. palate cleansers.

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