Re: PMX2 Thursday Soundoff

Author:Matt Johnsen
Date:2018-10-12 14:45:00
In Reply To:Re: PMX2 Thursday Soundoff by Michael Blevins
Platinum - Iceman. A reddit find. Cheesy USPM from 1990, coming out of New Jersey, no less. The cover is... really nice. The singer is amazing, but the songs, for the most part, are what you'd expect from the best local act of Bloomfield, NJ circa 1989. There are a couple standout cuts, but mostly this is utterly forgettable.
Worth digging up, or no?
Only to satisfy whatever knowitall impulses might afflict you. I am in the grip of such impulses always!
Cheap Trick - At Budokan. I'll take the studio cuts of "I Want You To Want Me" and "Surrender" over the live ones, but otherwise, this is as good as rock live albums get.
One of the first albums I bought with my own money, and "Come On, Come On" was the first song I learned to play all the way through on guitar. As always, there's some question as to how "live" this is, but it doesn't matter - it's a generational album.
Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if it was *mostly* live, because those guys were a fucking MACHINE back then. I can see why people generally like these versions better, because they're definitely more powerful, but sometimes this kind of music is best at its most twee. I would say that's the case for I Want You To Want Me. Surrender, maybe not, but the studio version of that is perfect.
least, are good. I never listened to any of the reunion albums. Should I?
Not really. Jeff Keith's voice is REALLY shot.
Good to know. He's kind of the lynchpin in that organization!

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