Tuesday, November 01, 2005


One of the first MP3 sites I discovered was Bubblegum Machine, a one-man journey into the darkest parts of his record collection. If you haven't seen it, delve into the massive collection of obscure singles, forgotten hits and weird psychedelia. The site (indirectly) resulted in me buying the Rhino Handmade compilation "Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets From The WEA Vaults", where these great tunes come from.

As the sleeve notes say, "just because these artists were going for mainstream acceptance doesn't mean they weren't also trying to achieve HEAVYOSITY in their own, artistic way. Just remember, it's a nugget if you dug it. So, let's go!

The Glass Family - House Of Glass

"The House Of Glass, man, is, like, self-explanatory - the opening theme. It's a story about all of us, the mystery of us, and our adventures for a year and a half"
bassist/keyboardist David Capilouto, from a promotional piece titled "David's Rap".

Thanks, Dave! What a great song...

The Next Exit - Break Away

Love the tremolo effect on the vocals! From the sleeve notes: "Sadly, no one involved in the making of this record can remember exactly who The Next Exit were"...

The Association - Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies

The image at the top of this post is from a bizarre traffic-calming scheme instigated by Derby City Council. Strangely, whenever I see one if these signs, I want to drive into it... NOT, I assume, the desired effect.

Visit Rhino Handmade
Visit Bubblegum Machine
Buy "Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets From The WEA Vaults"
Chill Out, Driver Dude

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