Saturday, September 24, 2011

Nirvana, Tribe, Chili Peppers, oh my!

Released Sept. 24th, 1991 on DGC
Twenty years ago, a number of albums hit record stores for the first time, including Nirvana's "Nevermind", RHCP's "Blood Sugar Sex Magic" and Tribe's "Low End Theory."

Today they've expired.
Released Sept. 24th, 1991 on Warner Bros.

Released Sept. 24th, 1991 on Jive/RCA

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sorry, Charlie. Ween - The Pod

Released on Shimmy Disc, Sept. 20, 1991
As indicated on the Ween Facebook page, today is the 20th anniversary of the band's second album, "The Pod."  It's also the first record to expire since starting this project that I listen to on a regular basis.  As I've mentioned before, Ween is my all time favorite band and getting rid of any of their music is a painful yet necessary thing to do.

I knew last night that I'd be expiring this album, so I grabbed my iPod and listened to thePod one last time before falling asleep.*

You could classify their entire catalogue of music as "weird", but "The Pod" may be the weirdest of the bunch.  

I've still got plenty of Ween left to enjoy.  "Pure Guava" doesn't expire until next November.  Yay!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to delete these songs from my iPod and iTunes.**

*Unfortunately, I fell asleep about halfway through.  
**The music is backed up on my hard drive.  I'm not deleting it for good.  I just can't risk these songs popping up while on shuffle. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Back in the holster, Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I, II

Released on Geffen Sept. 17th, 1991
Once again, I'm a couple days late in updating, but as of Saturday Gn'R's "Use Your Illusion I & II" have expired.  I don't have a lot to say in the record's defense.*  I've never been a Guns N' Roses fan.

If you've read any of my previous posts, you'll know I wasn't listening to much "hard rock" from the 80's and early 90's.  So when my friend showed me this CD in 1991 and began talking about its music and lyrics my eyes sort of glazed over.

I just remember repeating the title over and over in my head trying to wrap my brain around it.  It didn't (and still doesn't)  make much sense to me.  Maybe if I'd listen to the records or did any type of research, it would.  The album cover is the only thing that's really stuck with me.  I only now realized it's a small segment of a larger painting by Raphael.  I always thought it was a person bending over after having ben set on fire.  I was clearly wrong.

Anyhoo, all you GNR fans playing along are running low on available content.  "Appetite for Destruction" expired four years ago.  "GNR Lies," three years ago.  I haven't heard "Chinese Democracy" (Exp. '28) but from the few reviews I read after its release I can't imagine I'm missing out.  I suggest you consider this a prime opportunity to replace GNR with a new, relevant band/record from the past twenty years.

*I'm starting to realize how truly uninformative my blog can be at times.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

You've crapped out, Rush - Roll The Bones

Released September 3, 1991 on Anthem/Atlantic
I'm a few days late, but as of Saturday Rush's 14th studio album "Roll the Bones" has expired.  My uncle introduced my cousin and I to this band when we were kids.  I spent the next several years collecting their music.  Every time I'd walk into a music store I'd head straight for the "R" section.  I still remember being in the New Orleans Riverwalk Mall and coming across "Caress of Steel" on CD*.  I'd never heard of it and felt like I'd unearthed a secret bootleg recording.

I've probably got more memories tied to this band than any other.  19 studio albums makes that an easy title to hold.  One of my favorites is when the local classic rock station announced they'd be playing the yet-to-be-released "Counterparts" album in its entirety beginning at midnight.  I stayed up super late, sat in the corner of my room and recorded the whole thing on cassette.

I'll also never forget the summer my cousin and I (with the help of my aunt) painted two large murals in their church's game room.  James did an amazing job recreating the "Grace Under Pressure" cover while I painted the "Signals" cover.**  Both were badass, both have been painted over since.  Why did it happen?  Because it happened.

I'll be honest, though I do love "Roll the Bones" it's not in my top five Rush albums.  It hasn't gotten a lot of play in recent years, so it will most likely be a while before I really start to miss it.  In the meantime I'll be listening to their last five albums...  Well, I'll at least be listening to "Counterparts."

*"Lakeside Park" is one of my favorite tunes of theirs.

**I hid my initials on the face of the hydrant.