Liner Notes

Commodores – The Commodores

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I have heard both Brick House and Easy countless times. They’re all over the radio; plus movies, tv shows, and commercials. I never realized A) they’re both by The Commodores (somehow I was under the impression that Brick House was a Rick James song), and 2) they’re on the same album. I also had no idea that Lionel Ritchie was in the band. I guess what I’m getting at is in addition to really enjoying this album, I also learned a lot about The Commodores today.

I’ve always thought Easy was a little corny. I don’t know if my opinion has mellowed or it’s because of its association with Baby Driver now or what, but I’ve definitely learned to appreciate that song more. I also really enjoyed Won’t You Come Dance With Me and Funky Situation. All for completely different reasons. The songs on this album vary quite a bit in tone, which makes it surprising to me that it holds together so well.

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The Damned – Damned Damned Damned

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Neat Neat Neat is both the opening track on this album, and the one included in the Baby Driver Soundtrack. That seems to be a recurring theme. I think at least half of the albums I’ve listened to so far that have a song in the soundtrack had the song in question as track #1. It keeps reminding me of the “Desert Island All Time Top 5 Side 1 Track 1” conversation from High Fidelity. I’m not sure what it was about the song that got my hopes up so high for this record. It was probably the really great chase scene that it was used in. At any rate, I wouldn’t say my hopes were dashed, but they were certainly unwarranted. This album is not really anything to write home about. It’s not bad, though. The more I listened to it, the more it grew on me, too. And since it’s only 34 minutes long, I was able to listen to it a bunch today. I think probably the most enjoyment I got out of it, though, was learning the stage names of the band’s lead guitar and drummer: Captain Sensible and Rat Scabies (respectively). Amazing.

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Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers – Rock ‘n’ Roll with the Modern Lovers

⭐️⭐️

When they point out in the movie that Baby is listening to Egyptian Reggae, I thought it was a genre. I guess it might still be, but it was actually the name of the song he was listening to. There's a lot of songs on this album that sound sort of like Egyptian Reggae, but what struck me while listening to Rock 'n' Roll with the Modern Lovers is that the ones that sound the most like it are covers of traditional songs. Tracks 1 (Sweeping Wind (Kwa Ti Feng)) and 7 (South American Folk Song) are good examples of this. If that sounds weird, it is. The whole album is. I mean, track 12 is a cover of Wheels on the Bus! And somehow it kinda works! If I had to try to describe this album, it would be if Velvet Underground tried to make a Beach Boys album. Weird.

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Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man Soundtrack

★★★★

I woke up with a splitting headache yesterday that didn’t go away for hours, so I spent the holiday sitting around in my pajamas watching the Captain America movies. In the second one (Winter Soldier), Falcon tells Cap that if he’s catching up on what he missed while frozen in ice, all he needs to do is listen to the Trouble Man Soundtrack.

Since I saw that movie the first time, I’ve been meaning to listen to it. I decided today to finally listen to it, and since I did to pick up this project again. It’s been about 5 weeks since I tried to keep up with listening to an album every day. And 6 since I stopped blogging.

I felt a little burned out on the blogging, so I tried just listening. But without the blog, it was easier to excuse not listening to anything. So listening to an album every day but not blogging it only lasted about a week. In that week, though, I discovered that the time I most enjoyed listening was while cooking, which makes taking notes very difficult, especially in my small kitchen. All that to say, I’m going to try picking this project up again, but change the format a little: I’m going to stop individually rating every track. It’s the least enjoyable part of the process to me and all those notes are private anyway. So except for the lack of 👍🏻 / 🤷‍♂️ / 👎🏻 you probably won’t even notice.

Anyway. What did I think of the Trouble Man Soundtrack? It was good. Not “the only thing you need to catch up on after almost 70 years frozen in ice” good, but still pretty good. Based on that line in the movie, I was expecting something beyond just a soundtrack, but that’s all it is (though it is a good soundtrack). Which is to say it was so consistent thematically that it was quite repetitive and a little boring. There also weren’t really any stand-out tracks. I wouldn’t mind listening to it again, but I’m having a hard time imagining a scenario in which I’m trying to think of something to listen to and decided on this (now that I’ve finally heard it the one time). Maybe only the next time I watch Captain America: Winter Soldier?

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Rodriguez – Cold Fact

★★★

  1. Sugar Man: 🤷‍♂️
  2. Only Good for Conversation: 👍🏻
  3. Crucify Your Mind: 🤷‍♂️
  4. This Is Not a Song, It’s an Outburst: Or, the Establishment Blues: 👍🏻
  5. Hate Street Dialogue: 👍🏻
  6. Forget It: 🤷‍♂️
  7. Inner City Blues: 👍🏻
  8. I Wonder: 👎🏻
  9. Like Janis: 🤷‍♂️
  10. Gommorah (A Nursery Rhyme): 👎🏻
  11. Rich Folks Hoax: 🤷‍♂️
  12. Jane S. Piddy: 🤷‍♂️

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