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Albums Of My Life - The Roxy Laurie Tape

Sadly, this edition of Albums Of My Life is a posthumous one. Having succumbed to the sweltering summer heat of my car, the Roxy Music/Laurie Anderson tape has turned into the Roxy Music/Laurie Anderson wrapped-in-a-blanket-singing-under-water tape.

Three years ago, I found this tape in a pile marked FREE at the artist's studio building I was working in. The cover was handmade, clearly from the 80's and simply said Roxy/Laurie on it. I was intrigued. I had Laurie Anderson's The Ugly One With the Jewels, and listened to it sometimes, although it gives me the creeps for some reason. And Roxy Music was just one of those bands that was on everybody's list. For Your Pleasure, every music magazine list seems to have it. I knew them by name, but not by sound.

So I took it home and started listening to it in my room. At first, I felt weird. Side A is Mr. Heartbreak by Laurie Anderson. It is so world music it hurts. Side B is Avalon by Roxy Music. It has saxophones and Bryan Ferry is ...well... just weird. But a strange this happened and I became obsessed with this tape and I would play it in my car back to back for days on end. It was like a drug, a smooth jazz and pan flute drug.

that's condo-owning music, people.

As for Laurie Anderson, I went so far as to make a poster with the lyrics to the song, "Langue D'Amour."

Let's See :: letterpress poster

Also, here is the really sweet early computer art video for "Sharkey's Day"

So, thank you Bryan Ferry and Laurie for three free years of music, and I know you are in the big free tape pile in the sky now.

Albums of My Life - Fear of Music

There are albums that I listen to all the time, especially when I'm working. I will just loop these things over and over. These are the Albums of My Life. I have a double tape deck/radio/record player in my studio and a small but beloved record collection. Talking Heads make up a large chunk of that collection.

So I salute you, Fear of Music. Thank you for everything you do for me while I'm folding paper and sewing signatures.

That also brings up the subject of the David continuum. A chart which rates Davids. You can make your own David continuum. Here's how mine goes, David Byrne and David Lynch are on the high end of the continuum. David Cronenberg is somewhere in the middle. David Hasselhoff is definitely on the bottom.