Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Playlist Note

by Tom Bozzo

If you've wondered enough about some of the crazy stuff in the [Random/Nonrandom] Ten playlists posted to this blog to try to obtain some of it, a good place to start is a recent Rhino Records 100-song box set, "Children Of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychedelic Era 1976-1995," with a hat tip to the Onion's musical year in review. "Nuggets" was a series of Rhino vinyl compilations of garage, grunge, and psychedelia mostly from the second half of the sixties.

The commercial end of the "Children" package includes tracks from the Bangles, the Dukes of Stratosphear (a.k.a. XTC), and Primal Scream from before their rave-influenced days, which is to say it doesn't waste any space on especially well-known cuts just to get a TV soundbite or two. Among material that would be difficult to obtain otherwise, it nicely incorporates a number of choice tracks of British indie neopsychedelia as well as Australian garage-grunge a la the Hoodoo Gurus and The Died Pretty, much of which can't be had through the iTunes music store or other legal web services.

This set might even make it to my post-holiday shopping list, as it compiles a bunch of tracks that I either don't have in my personal collection, but recall somewhat fondly from my radio days, or that I'd have to laboriously convert from the vinyl.
I love that Hoodoo Gurus song. A fine example of the three-minute pop.
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