Today’s vinyl rip is quite special. So I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I can remotely grasp how important this album is to music. Nor am I going to act like I’ve listened to this album since I was a teenager, because I didn’t. I’m also not going to sit here and try to write a review of it because to do so is pointless, it would be like writing a review for Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks or whatever. I mean, c’mon, this album has been written up by so many music crickets, for over 30 years now! Hell, even Pitchfork used a 30th anniversary edition out a few years back as an excuse to get in on writing one up.
No… I’ll just say this instead. I’m so thankful this album exists and came out when it did. Almost every band I love has been influenced by this album in one form or another. Some quite directly, like REM, others not so directly to my knowledge, like my beloved Decemberists because once a young Colin Meloy would worship Morrissey, who (unless I’m wrong) once worshiped Patti Smith.
The Violent Femmes loved Velvet Underground and John Cale produced this album, so if you tell me that Gordon Gano didn’t sit in his bedroom at one point, holding this record cover, while “Redondo Beach” filled the air, I’d probably call you a liar. It’s just one of those albums, you know?
Do I think you should like it? No, I don’t think that about any album… but I do think you should listen to it & appreciate it, if only because what you are listening to today most likely would not exist quite like it does without it. So, let’s get appreciating, shall we as…
TSURURADIO Proudly Presents…
Horses on Vinyl!!!
1. “Gloria: In Excelsis Deo / Gloria (version)”
Jesus died for somebody’s sins
but not mine…
2. “Redondo Beach”
4. “Free Money”
2. “Break It Up”
3. “Land: Horses / Land of a Thousand Dances / La Mer (De)”