theclosingtime asked: I love asking you shit so I'll just ask more shit. Any song you can't find anywhere? No bootlegs available, album has been out of print for 50 years etc. I know it's Internet, but some stuff just can't be found, especially when used in a movie scene with additional sounds, so you can't even rip it properly.
Oh, shit, now you’ve opened a can of worms. There’s a few things I still can’t find, like the “Dig A Hole” cassette-only single by Toadies. There’s a song that was used in the trailer for David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch that wasn’t on the Howard Shore soundtrack. There’s an LP that Smart Pils supposedly released on the Bluurg label that I just can’t find anywhere. There’s still some early singles by Howlin’ Wolf that haven’t been collected on CD. I’ve heard rumors of a studio album recorded by The Screamers that the band shelved and never released, but that might be horseshit, like those rumors of some recorded sessions Captain Beefheart supposedly did for DJ John Peel. There’s a couple Brian Jonestown Massacre bootlegs I haven’t tracked down yet. I can’t seem to find anything by this Folk-Punk artist The Casual Terrorist, aside from a couple tracks he’s done for punk comps. And I’m always searching for more from Mutant Monster Beach Party, a Japanese band that didn’t record much—I don’t think they ever made an album—but what little I’ve found by them is amazing.
This isn’t counting all the records I could find easily but can’t afford, like a lot of stuff from Jay Reatard’s label Shattered Records, or some of those early Punk singles from Dangerhouse Records, which are probably worth more than my life by now. If I had a pile of money I’d start collecting those early Chuck Berry singles, especially Chess 1722, a 45 with “Almost Grown” on one side (featuring backing vocals from a young Marvin Gaye), and my favorite, “Little Queenie,” on the other. But I’m too poor to be a collector, so I’m content to listen to “Little Queenie” on my iPod.
To be honest, it still amazes me how much easier the internet has made it for me to find music. I’m only in my late twenties, but I remember a time when I had to drive an hour to the one indie record store I knew of, and then place a special order just to get a spoken word CD by William S. Burroughs that you can probably rip off the internet for free right now. Wait a moment… Yup, I just checked, you can totally rip that album for free, or buy it on iTunes, or order it from Amazon. Isn’t technology great?
Thanks for writing & keep on rockin’ in the Free World, dude—