Three Classic Records That Came Out This Week

There’s nothing inherently special about any week, as each week of the year means something special to one person and simultaneously means Jack Q. Shit to everyone else. Even the week that includes Christmas and New Years, so important to most of the world, means nothing to me. Christmas has historically been the day all my friends were busy as a child, and it would be quicker to name New Years parties in which I did not throw up.

This is actually liberating. Because no week is “special” to everyone, some weeks can become special once they become home to a classic album’s debut. I think you can see where I’m going with this. Here’s a few great albums that came out this week in history.


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The Replacements – Hootenanny (4/29/1983)

The group’s second album is so frantic, sweaty and boozy that it practically smells like a 24-pack of “Beast Lite.” Paul Westerberg’s razor-sharp songwriting comes into full focus, while a pre-devastating-alcoholism-Bob Stinson delivers some of the most memorable riffs to hit hardcore punk music in a long-ass time. Some highlights include the Beatles homage/rip-off “Mr. Whirly (not the last time the ‘Mats would cheekily reference the Fab Four; see their classic album Let it Be), the hypnotic groove of Willpower, and the classic pop of “Color Me Impressed” (above). Not the group’s best record song-for-song, but an essential part of their story and a damn good album in its own right.

The Doors – L.A. Woman (4/19/1971)

Speaking of “devastating alcoholism,” have you guys heard of this guy Jim Morrison? He basically took his god-given talent and looks and turned them into garbage! Luckily, he did so after releasing a handful of pretty-good records, including the Doors’ swan song, L.A. Woman. Though some of the lyrics in “Riders on the Storm” are pretty dumb, (squirming like a toad, etc) one cannot deny the trance-like power of the trackas a whole. Ray Manzarek’s honky-tonk piano in “Love Her Madly” is sublime, and though Morrison’s voice is all but shot at this point, he still brings some “oomph” to the title song. If you wanted to stop hating the Doors, this might be a good place to start, you know, hating them less.

Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever (4/29/1989)

It’s probably a testament to the quality of the songs on Tom Petty’s first solo record that they sound considerably older than they actually are. Songs like “Free Fallin,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and “I Won’t Back Down” are such mainstays of classic rock radio that one can be forgiven for thinking they were released sometime in the 70’s. Petty writes instant classics, and Full Moon Fever is chock-full of them.

See you next week or something!

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