New Music Tuesday

When Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band came out on CD for the first time in 1987,  I bought it. I was familiar with the history but I had no concept of the Summer of Love and what it meant to be a part of it.  The CD came out 20 years after its initial release but to me it might as well have been 1000 years ago.  To a kid like me, it seemed like ancient history.  I guess that’s what it feels like to my kids now that Nevermind is being re-released.  I remember hearing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the first time on the radio and thinking it was some British band.  I thought that because there was not one rock record to reach #1 on the charts in 1990.   I remember watching the video on MTV.  I remember hearing that Nevermind was #1, replacing Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album.  I remember my plaid shirts and torn jeans being in fashion for the first and only time in my life.  I remember it just being everywhere and I could play it for my kids but I don’t think it will mean anything to them.  I hope they do get a moment in their lifetime  where ideas, fashion and  music change with the release of one record.   I do believe that time will come again.

In the meantime, I can enjoy my moment again not by listening to Nevermind but by playing the new album by Wilco entitled, The Whole Love.  I don’t think there’s a band out there today that brings me as much joy as Wilco does with each new release.    I think the review in the LA Times got it right in  that this is a true band where each band member has their moment to shine.  Their live shows are just brilliant and I would happily follow them around from city to city if I could.   Click on the photo to see them perform an hour-long performance on Letterman.  This record will be on an endless loop for me for at least the next month.   I look forward to 2031 when the re-release of this album (in whatever bizarre format we’ll be listening to) comes out.

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One Response to New Music Tuesday

  1. aaron says:

    plus, you gotta love the jacket. no grunge there.

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