I’m pretty proud of myself since I’ve managed to successfully complete a total of 13 hours of training this week between swimming (10k), running (25k), cycling (130k) and all my functional strength, core and weights sessions. So, yeah, I’m tickled pink. Nothing left to do now but sit here in my jammies, drink beer, read my ‘Lantern Rouge‘ book by Max Leonard and listen to records. Perfect. Today’s listening session begins with the only acquisition I made from this past Friday’s Black Friday Record Store Day extravaganza at SRCvinyl Canada in Niagara Falls, the re-release of the ‘Barbed-Wire Kisses‘ album by the Jesus & Mary Chain.
Originally, the album was released on Warner Bros. records back in 1988 as a compilation of singles, b-sides and rare tracks. Back then, I never paid it any serious mind. I dug the band but, this album…not so much, for whatever reason. I’m not sure why because it had lots of cool stuff on it like the cover of Bo Diddley’s ‘Who Do You Love?‘ (which was used on the super-shitty soundtrack to the super-shitty 1988 film ‘Earth Girls Are Easy‘), and the track ‘Sidewalking‘ (of which I was certainly familiar with thanks to a high school buddy who practically played it on repeat in his car for weeks), which was voted one of the best singles of 1988 by Musician magazine.
What can I say? With age comes wisdom.
Fortunately for me, 28 years later, Rhino Records decided to re-release the album as a 2-LP Limited edition of 8,000 copies on 180-gram blood red vinyl – spooky and perfect – for 2015 Black Friday Record Store Day. This was my big purchase.
Besides the tracks I’ve already mentioned, it also contains a heavily thrashed-up cover of the Beach Boys ‘Surfin’ USA‘ and various alternate versions of album cuts including ‘Taste of Cindy‘ and ‘On The Wall‘. ‘Swing‘ in particular, a ‘Darklands‘ out-take is particularly interesting. As an added bonus though, the album also contains four tracks not on the originally released vinyl; ‘Cracked‘, ‘Here It Comes Again‘, a live (from Nuremberg, 1986) cover of Can‘s ‘Mushroom‘, and ‘Bo Diddley Is Jesus‘. It’s a great way to start off the next few hours of splendid nothingness which, hopefully, will continue on for the rest of the day.
Let’s the games begin…