Friday 5: What Physical CDs/Vinyls Are Undiscardable?
Happy Friday, MetalSucks reader! Welcome to MetalSucks Friday 5, our awesome series that appears every Friday (duh) on MetalSucks (duhh) and involves the quantity of five (duhhh).
Here’s how it works: A list of best/worst/weirdest/whatever five somethings is posted by one of your beloved MetalSucks contributors or by one of our buds (like you?). Then you, our cherished reader, checks it out, has a chuckle, then chimes in with a list of the same. No sweat, just whatever springs to mind, k? (Just like that movie about those losers working at a Chicago record store!) After all, it’s Friday — the day dedicated by the gods to mindless, fun time-wasting.
Today, let’s talk stuff that we’ll never throw away! EVER!
What actual CDs, vinyls, and/or cassettes will you take to your grave?
Anso DF, MetalSucks senior editor
1. Angel Dust by Faith No More
Reprise | 1992
Do you follow us on Twitter? If yes, then you may have followed our Vince Neilstein’s quest to purge his collection of CDs in favor of weightless digital media. Ah yes, let’s all of us free ourselves of baggage and clutter. After all, only nostalgia holds us back. Let it all go. Except!!!! Which actual CDs, vinyls, and tapes must stay in your life? Which ones remind you of that night you barfed during sex? Which are autographed or otherwise totally singular? Which have ridden in your pocket for moral support during times of tumult? Oh man, Angel Dust by Faith No More — my copy has travelled around the world into many weird situations. Thanks buddy! Prepared to be tucked into my casket!
2. Antenna by Cave In
RCA | 2003
My copy of Antenna is long gone and replaced by an ordinary burned CD. But never shall I part from it, the ugly smelly piece of shit, for it’s the “Anso DF Edition” of Antenna: A few album tracks are replaced by earlier versions (“Lost In The Air” “Bigger Riff”/”Rubber And Glue”) and augmented by non-album single (“Lift Off,” all from the Epicenter EP). The result: An incredibly awesome album tweaked to perfection. Plus, this hot girl Charlie once sat on it naked, so that settles it. To eternity it shall accompany me!
3. Pump by Aerosmith
Geffen | 1989
The unveiling of the “compact disc” format came with promises of an enhanced listening experience. For example, an album like Aerosmith’s masterpiece Pump could index its interludes as secondary tracks, so to speak. So a little noodle of electronic twinkles (“Water Music”) or a rousing strip of getaway music (“Dulcimer Stomp”) wouldn’t be numbered like the real tracks, but would be assigned a decimal point. This feature of CDs was embraced by almost no artists and amounted to nothing, but it heralded a brave new world to me! I loved it! Hey Steven, play me track 6.2!
4. Rust In Peace by Megadeth
Capitol | 1990
I remember bolting from the family car and racing into the record store. It was the huge megastore in the shitty part of town — not my neighborhood shop. I was about to purchase my first ever CD and above my head like a trophy it went as I returned to the parking lot. My dance of triumph was cut short for I was rudely grabbed by two staffers; they gestured back toward the exit to indicate that I’d set off their security alarm. A minute later, I jumped back into the car and resumed fondling my fancy purchase and its paper carrier. Memories!
5. Controlled By Hatred/Feel Like Shit … Deja Vu | Suicidal Tendencies
Epic | 1989
Easter 1989: My basket of goodies was wedged under a stand-up piano, invisible to the eye and impossible to extract. In doing the latter, I mangled the non-essential parts of this very exciting Suicidal Tendencies release that I hadn’t even known about! But there it was, case in shards, inlay card irrevocably creased to shit, beautiful. The Easter bunny is a genius!
Your turn! Have a great wknd!