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Bloviating Zeppelin: Strafed by the Album Meme

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Strafed by the Album Meme

Immediately that dates everyone who responds.

I would reference these terms:

  • Album = what you bought
  • Track = an individual cut
  • Cut = what the album producer had to do to create the vinyl album
  • Vinyl = what that 1' round black plastic disc consisted of
  • LP = "long player" or "33-and-a-third"
  • 45 = as opposed to 33 or 45
  • 78 = the rpm's that the album spun on the turntable
  • Record = generic for an album of vinyl
  • Turntable = the round, flat platform on which one played records
  • Stylus = the needle which came in physical contact with the record
  • Needle = another word for stylus
  • Flip = what you'd have to do when Side One ended
  • A Side = the first side
  • B Side = the second side; usually a lesser "hit"

Need I go on, in order to remind you how old you are?

Today, it's all about MP3, Blue Ray, CD, downloading.

I have an iPod Nano but, despite that, I still like to hold all that stuff in my hand.

One of the first albums I purchased myself:

1968 soundtrack to the Steve McQueen movie "Bullitt."

1968 soundtrack to the Stanley Kubrick movie "2001: A Space Odyssey."

In 1968 I was reading early versions of "Spiderman" and Jack Kirby's "The Fantastic Four."

First "rock" album: 1970's "Cosmo's Factory" by Creedence Clearwater Revival."

Next: 1971's Black Sabbath "Master Of Reality" album which, oddly enough, was purchased by my USAF father at the WPAFB exchange as a gift.

From there, that messed me up big time. Nothing but heavy metal and continual doses thereof would satisfy me from then on. I can clearly recall placing my head between my two meagre speakers, on the floor of our 2-story USAF house at 444 E Street, and listening to Tony Iommi's riffs. Until I met the power chords of Mountain and Leslie West, with incredible bass provided by the ill-fated Felix Pappalardi.

From there I transported to King Crimson. But that's another post entirely. I was one of the first Loyalists (along with Karl Kimball) to watch King Crimson perform their very first version of Lark's Tongues In Aspic at the Agoura Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, in 1972.

All this music led me to another distinctly separate career in Radio.

I worked as DJ "staff" for WWSU, WING and WHIO in Ohio.

From there, I came back to Fornicalia and worked for KEG, KERS, KFBK, KNDE, KOBO and then KFBK-FM on any number of levels as on-air personality, Program Manager, Station Manager, Promotions Director, Programmer, Traffic Reporter ad infinitum.

I was blessed to have a slightly deeper voice that could replicate any manner of accents imagineable, create sound effects, and mock most anyone I heard.

That tradition continues today and would continue on this blog if I but had the technology to create a weekly summary podcast for my readers.

"And that's the way it is."



Blogger Ranando said...

Glad your back and I hope all went well.

My first album? Who knows...I know I still have it somewhere.

Mon Apr 30, 07:45:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

First album I physically owned?..... that's gonna take a bit.... Um ... think it was a 33 I won at bowling when I was about 10.... Herman's Hermits I think .... damn .... that was forever ago.....

Mon Apr 30, 07:55:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Ranando said...

I remember now, it was Sandy Nelson (Let there be drums), maybe 1962.

Yes, I still have it.

Pablo Cruise at Squaw Valley, now that was a concert.

Mon Apr 30, 08:04:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Three Score and Ten or more said...

My first 45 was one of Bix Beiderbeck playing trumpet, but I don't remember the name of the album. My experience in radio was a lot shorter than yours, but I still have two "transcription" disks about two feet in diameter (Did they really play at 71/2, I can't remember, and I am not at home to check the disks.--Don't know why the heck I hang on to them, but it seemed a shame to see them go to the landfill.

Mon Apr 30, 09:14:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Gunny John said...

My first album was a Glen Campbell record. Not sure which one, but it had Rhinestone of my favorites then. I think AC/DC was my next one...quite an eclectic mix huh?

Tue May 01, 04:33:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Kinda makes you think, doesn't it?


Tue May 01, 07:41:00 AM PDT  
Blogger bigwhitehat said...

This was meant to date people.

Here is the kicker. The last vinyl I purchased is a classic '78 from Jimmie Rodgers circa 1928. Yodeling Blues. The wild thing is I have an antique Victrola to play it on.

I'm the youngest western swing aficionado that I know about. The good thing about that is the heirs never want the collections. The bad thing is the decedents take their knowledge with them.

Tue May 01, 10:59:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Dionne said...

I'm going to do that meme too!!

Tue May 01, 08:08:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the Karl Kimball that BZ referenced who saw King Crimson at the Agoura in Columbus in 1972. Our growth has paralleled in many ways, and I'd like to get back in touch. write

Thu Oct 25, 08:13:00 AM PDT  

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