Beyond the 500 – Episode 13

This is an interesting week in that I only have one of the albums in my collection. Nonetheless, there are things to write about, and I am happy to explore, once again, Beyond the 500.

  1. TLC – CrazySexyCool

No, this is not the album I own, but I did and still do like the song “Waterfalls.” The groove in it is irresistible, and the video is outstanding.

Yesterday evening (Friday) when I started thinking about this week’s installment, I recalled when Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes burned down Andre Rison’s mansion. That was sort of a big deal. That led me to revisiting the TLC’s Behind the Music from MTV/VH1. I watched the entire episode, but finally figured out it was the updated version. It was still good, and I enjoyed reliving that musical slice of the 90s. Here is the original episode from 1999, however, in which the house burning episode is covered in more detail. It was lit, and I am surprised Bennett and Kyle didn’t delve deeper into the story.  Damn them and their maturity.

  1. Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory

I’m not the biggest Oasis fan. I understand their appeal, but they just don’t quite do it for me. I owned their first album Definitely Maybe, but I ended up selling it to Papa Jazz Records in Columbia, SC after I had enough of their sound. I don’t think I ever owned this one, but I can recognize that “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova” are very good songs. Oasis is one of those bands that many people absolutely love. I suspect there are some time/place connections with the band and the music. Please tell me about your love of Oasis in the comments or on the Twitter, if you are one of these people. While Bennett wasn’t completely convinced, Kyle liked it a lot, and I am okay with that. Nonetheless, I don’t feel like I am missing out. I was there, it was fine, but I quickly moved on. Hot take alert: The Black Keys, for me, are the current version of Oasis.

  1. Roxy Music – Siren

This album I own and love, but really it could just have “Love is the Drug” played ten times in a row, and it would still be a favorite. What a song! And with the lyrics “love is the drug, and I need to score.” I’m a never-been-married person in my 40s, but I still believe in love. Bryan Ferry does a great job of capturing an aspect of that feeling, so let’s watch him perform it.

Kyle and Bennett are correct in recognizing the lack of Brian Eno on this album, but it is still strong, albeit a little more straight forward and less weird.

I also like this album cover. It’s Ferry’s model girlfriend Jerry Hall, who would later marry Mick Jagger, but my favorite Roxy Music cover is Country Life.

This week was pretty good, and I don’t really have any problems with any of the ten selections. But they just aren’t in my library for whatever reason. This changes next week. Stay tuned.

What’s currently on my iPhone: The amazing surf noir album Weirdo Shrine from La Luz, the much anticipated Total 15 compilation from Kompakt records and Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-2008 from the recently prolific AFX (Aphex Twin).

Hailing from Parts Unknown by way of Germany and South Carolina, Harris King came to BGS packing a koffer full of knowledge. With a double doctorate in Good Tunes Studies, a Master's in Baking, and various certifications in breaking hearts and spitting truth, Harris is both invaluable and beloved. He is not to be trifled with.

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