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Music From The Adventures of Pete & Pete
Music From The Adventures of Pete & Pete
4 used & new from $131.68

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PIPE!, June 5, 2005
All I can do is repeat the same story of other reviewers in searching for this, watching it go out of print and then finally getting it again once it came back in print. I tore off the cellophane, put it in the CD player and screamed until I started bawling at how much the undergrad experience came back once the opening chords of "Hey Sandy" came on. I'm getting misty-eyed just typing this. Look, if you loved the show, and if you didn't, you either didn't have cable or you are part of the adult conspiracy that tried to get rid of Artie, buy it, play it, and love it. The only thing associated with Pete and Pete that's more gorgeous than this music was/is Ellen, older Pete's not-really-sure-if-she-ever-was girlfriend. Farewell my little vikings!

Signed,

epsteinsmutha


Don't Believe The Truth
Don't Believe The Truth
Offered by Speedy CD
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best since Definitely Maybe? 'Tis possible., June 5, 2005
This review is from: Don't Believe The Truth (Audio CD)
Had this less than a week, and rather missed the Gallagher boys. Almost forgot anything came out of Manchester not related to a disappointing third place football club in the EPL since the Roses called it a day ten years ago. This restored my faith in the city that brought us everything from Peter Noone to New Order. This is their most consistently decent album since their first, meaning that I've listened to it repeatedly. The last one of theirs I did that to was the live CD and studiowise, Masterplan. Yep, after two misstep studio albums, Liam and Noel have rediscovered the proper mix of Gary Glitter, Slade, the Beatles (Aye, having Ring's kid playing drums don't hurt by half either) and the Stones, slamming it into the back of the net like United haven't been able to since that overrated egomaniac Beckham bolted for Real Madrid.

Cheers, boys, we wish you success. It's good to have the both of ya back.

Signed,

epsteinsmutha


Freedom of Choice: Yesterday's New Wave Hits
Freedom of Choice: Yesterday's New Wave Hits
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High school soundtrack redoing Elementary school soundtrack, June 5, 2005
It's for a great cause, this album, despite what rightwingers might think of it. If you are old enough to remember the old K-Tel compilations (predates Now That's What I Call Music!) like Chartaction '83, Streer Beat or Hit Mix, you probably heard the originals on one of those. Before alternative got silly, several of the "biggies" (Sonic Youth, Redd Kross, Superchunk, Mudhoney, The Muffs and an uncredited Soul Asylum doing the Vibrators' "Baby Baby") and some lesser knowns put out this album of cover tunes. It was too early in some respects for the 1980s retro boom of late, but 13 years on they still hold up pretty well and the price is right. I got this when I was in high school and still listen to it quite frequently.

Signed,

epsteinsmutha


Super Friends, Vol. 2 (DC Comics Classic Collection)
Super Friends, Vol. 2 (DC Comics Classic Collection)
DVD ~ Danny Dark
Offered by Jo Jocz
Price: $10.00
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10 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DC = Donnie and marie Clones! Someone, please kill me., May 24, 2005
Wonder Twin powers ACTIVATE!

Shape of an out of chronological order DVD set! Form of borderline litigious crosses between Donnie and Marie and Vulcans joined by that popular trope that ruined many a Hanna Barbera cartoon in the 1970s and 1980s, the oft-nonsensical (oftener still-animal) sidekick (see: Fonzie's dog on the Happy Days time travel cartoon, the pig drill sergeant on Laverne and Shirley, Baby Plas on Plastic man, Son on Captain Caveman and Son, "the dangerous not to cities, just himself" Godzookie on Godzilla, and the anti-Christ: Scrappy-Doo) this time being Gleek, a blue monkey.

Yes, coming from the same period that saw the Fantastic Four trade in the Human Torch for H.E.R.B.I.E. (they were afraid kids would set themselves on fire, but replicating the piling on of rocks that turned Benjy Grimm into The Thing was perfectly fine) and predated those half hour commercials for products that would dominate the mid-late part of the 1980s (My Little Pony, Potato Head Kids, Care Bears, Transformers, Rainbow Brite. You played with them. Rep-ra-ZENT!) the latest installment of the HB releases of The Superfriends cartoon.

Is it good for nostalgia? Yeah, sure. It's just far enough on this side of "sane" that you aren't like the forty-something virgin denizens of comics shops who ditched their jobs to wait in line for Episode III (Gee, d'ya think he really turns into Vader at the end?) The animation isn't as bad as, say, the Filmation stuff from the late 1960s or the mid late1970s superherowise, but still, of all the periods of the cartoon, this was my least favorite.

Why the Marvin and Wendy period is being avoided like a hand grenade with Herpes, I have no idea. This is the same company that has yet to touch any of its late 1950s/early 1960s cartoons like Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound and/or Quickdraw McGraw. Who knows?

Signed,

epsteinsmutha


God Save the Smithereens
God Save the Smithereens
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5 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars To Pat, Jim, Mike, and Dennis: Give it up or move along NOW!, May 23, 2005
Great, two Smithereens albums I already have and a handful of demos that don't justify buying the whole she-bang a second time. The Smithereens were one of the first "college rock" groups I really liked because they didn't sound like the usual dreck eMpTy V played, but between this and the second best-of, the band's becoming as unattainable when it comes to new material as the girls Pat DiNizio used to sing about. Is it writer's block? Is it lack of interest on the band's part? Learn from the mistakes of George Lucas, boys. You sang it yoruselves on the Timecop soundtrack, "Time won't let me wait that long."

And to the buyer, unless you're a pair of Nikes shy of Heaven's Gate when it comes to the Smithereens. You already have these so go spend your money on something/someone else.

Signed,

epsteinsmutha
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Live At 25 (US Release)
Live At 25 (US Release)
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8 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not happy to be stuck with this..., May 21, 2005
This review is from: Live At 25 (US Release) (Audio CD)
I'm not ashamed to admit that like most children of the '80s, Huey Lewis was an important part of my life's soundtrack and every time he, Sean, Bill and Johnny (it's not The News without Chris Hayes and Mario Cipollina and I'll never deal with it!) and their backing band put out a new CD, I'm on it like an Ethiopian on a Big Mac (another '80s reference), and when I saw that they were FINALLY putting out a live album, I thought, "FANTASTIC!"

Then I played it.

I hoped Huey threw on some unlisted bonus tracks (i.e. the DVD bonus songs) as it's hard to imagine a live CD without "Walkin' on a Thin Line," "Jacob's Ladder," "Couple Days Off," maybe some of the covers off Four Chords like "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash" or INSERT SONG FROM BACK CATALOGUE HERE, AS LONG AS IT ISN'T "STUCK WITH YOU"! This should have been as well-endowed songwise as Huey is, allegedly. Why this wasn't a double CD, I guess they figured lack of interest. They are a people's band, though, right up there with NRBQ and The Saw Doctors, and despite there being a slightly reasonable amount of decent tracks on it for a single disc, it's hard not to feel like you got the fries, but the server forgot your burger.

All I want is a couple more tracks!

Signed,

epsteinsmutha


Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll
Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't take this release (or Social D.) for granted, April 27, 2005
After a series of solo albums where Mike Ness pretty much sounded like well, Social Distortion running at 1/4 power, Ness, John Maurer et. al. have returned five years after the death of guitarist Dennis Dannell to show all these NOFX = NOriginality clones how it's done. I didn't think this CD would ever come out, to be honest, between Mike's solo stuff and Dennis' death. In a day when 3/4 of the original Ramones are dead, the Pistols are a fat Vegas lounge act, and the Misfits having gone from Jerry and Doyle playing with two nobodies to Jerry with Dez Cadena and Marky Ramone becoming Bad English with mohawks, it's a rarity for any band from around the same period to go so long unheard of without coming back and suffering amnesia when it comes to what made them great.

I can't say what the other reviewers haven't said and said better, really. Just really beautiful music that's as dependable as The Ramones (Yes, I'm making the comparison, deal with it!). You know the name, you know the sound and most importantly, you know you're going to love it before you ever push play on the CD player. And love is not too strong a word, esp. the track I paraphrased in the review title. Great job, lads. I'm sure Dennis is looking over you from the great whatever and is really p***ed off that he isn't on the album.

Signed,

epsteinsmutha


Stage
Stage
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get it this time if you didn't on Ryko the last time..., March 20, 2005
This review is from: Stage (Audio CD)
Of the two re-releases (David Live and Stage) this is the one to get if you did not get the Rykodisc incarnation early in the last decade as David Live is readily available in its older form. For some reason, the late 1990s reissues skipped the two live albums, excepting the "Station to Station" live version that made it onto the Christiane F. soundtrack reissue. Do you really need a synthed up version of "Ziggy"? If you need ask this, you should have just stopped with ChangesBowie or another best-of.

Why is it only four stars? I don't understand why the decrease in the quality of packaging for every release since Aladdin Sane. Both of them (Ziggy and Aladdin) were in hardcover book forms and this one, I can see why it was only fifteen dollars due to the crap packaging. Still, Bowie before 1985 is like pizza. Even when it's bad, it's still pretty good.

Signed,

epsteinsmutha


End of the Century - The Story of the Ramones
End of the Century - The Story of the Ramones
DVD ~ Rick Rubin
Price: $9.99
35 used & new from $2.96

2 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy it used if you must at all, for as little $$ as possible, March 18, 2005
Messrs. Bell, Erdelyi, and Reinhardt:

Please contact David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls, and Nigel Tufnel RE: drumming gig. We've had a problem with past drummers and thought we might reconcile both of our fortunes.

Cheers,

Spinal Tap

P.S. Our amplifiers also go to eleven.

Well, just finished watching this and all I can do is repeat what I said in an e-mail to 2/3 of the Electric Kisses (They're a Seattle band, both singers are really nice and fantastic songs, check 'em out. Do it. Do it.) When Joey died, I was in a state that, well, I'm still in a state. When Dee Dee died, it was more of an anticipated shock, really. When Johnny died, I thought, "Should have been him first." Seeing the late Mr. Cummings in this documentary, that has only increased. In fact, if he weren't dead already, I'd pray for his demise. What a EXPLETIVE DELETED. There is nothing I can find that's decent about him, either his politics, his personality, or his guitar playing which was just Davie Allan (<--buy anything by him you can)on 45 instead of 33 1/3 RPM, Davie Allan and the Chipmunks if you will... but I digress.

Joey, Dee Dee, Tommy, Marky, Richie, and C.J. all got EXPLETIVE DELETED by him and it continued here as he seemed to get most of the screen time.

Okay, on with the review. If you read the Jim Bessman book already and Dee Dee's autobiography in either form, this is not going to contain anything astounding to you. If you saw the PBS/BBC and/or Time-Life documentaries (a lot of repetition in terms of the interview footage of Joey from it is here) on the history of Rock n Roll, again, this is not going to be anything you don't already know about 1970s Punk. The same figures both dead (Joe Strummer and 3/4 of the Ramones) and alive (Legs McNeil and Danny Fields) speak on behalf of the movement. It is necessary if you are a Kool-Aid shy of Jonestown when it comes to the band, but otherwise, to quote Lennon, you have the memories, you have the albums. Stop with that.

Signed,

epsteinsmutha


Punk [VHS]
Punk [VHS]
VHS
9 used & new from $3.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't this called The Best of So It Goes?, March 13, 2005
This review is from: Punk [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Twelve years ago, Granada TV licensed the performances from its Manchester broadcasted programme hosted by Anthony H. Wilson who would later go on to found Factory Records (immortalized in the Michael Winterbottom film 24 Hour Party People starring Steve Coogan. Snippets of these performances appear in the film.) for inclusion on this videotape. This is the finest, most well-produced footage of British punk in the 1970s among those who trekked North to the Lesser Free Trade Hall and Granada studios. There are some performances from the Hope N Anchor. One can only hope that Granada does what producers of The Old Grey Whistle Test did and release this on DVD. It is the only place one can see/hear Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Make Up to Break Up" and the rest of the videotape is also pretty decent.

Signed,

epsteinsmutha


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