A “drop” back in the old, old, OLD days meant that you put the needle on the record one time and the client decided right then and there, on one drop and 15 seconds of music if the song was right. Sadly, I remember those days. However, now in the days of free license and the Internet, this isn’t so much an issue.
Sadly, every day “real world” distractions have kept me busy. Here are some real world “drop” plays that have made an impression. I have literally bought entire albums off of one track. It’s not at all common these days. Unfortunately, I remember a time when one single track could sell an entire album, sight unseen. Here’s a few to tide you over. Enjoy, and remember that I’m only doing this because I love you and want the best for you…
I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to NOT leave Alabama. I first saw this music on “Animidnight” on PBS in the United States. San Francisco Academy of Arts students made a video depicting an under water monorail traveling through the ocean with this music as its backdrop. It left an impression that would last forever. Thank you.
I can’t say I bought this album sight unseen. I heard the song, “Shittowne” in a friend’s car. I said, “Well, where do the crack heads live?” She replied, “Down the street from him.” I’ll be damned if she wasn’t 100% accurate. It wasn’t the best song from this album. I think this was, although that subject was and still is debatable. I bought an album based on this song. Good job, Live. (Homies from York, PA, close enough for jazz, as far as I’m concerned.)
This is one that rivals the “Alabama Blues” for the mostest, bestest song EVER. I love Tricky Kid, and this is the finest of his repertoire. Are you ready? I wasn’t, fell in love, and have been smitten ever since. Yes, I bought the album “Blue Lines” based solely on this song. I hadn’t heard any other tracks. Although now, I must say that “Be Thankful For What You’ve Got” is one of the best remakes EVER.
All “proud Southerner and okay with the KKK” connections aside, I was a normal person who didn’t support the Confederate movement working in DC and living in N. VA after this song came out. I drove the Beltway every day and went to work like a good, non-cynical person. Oh, how times have changed. Anyway, the city at 5:00 a.m. is beautiful and lightly lighted like something out of Blade Runner. This song captures that in music. Congratulations, Postal Service. Oh, and “Give Up” is one of the mostest, bestest albums of all time. Check it out.
Okay, my bad. Sign in, and see the uncensored version of this Klassic. I bought an entire album based on this. Of course, it helps that I’m no stranger or mere voyeur in the bondage department. The album was, well…abrasive. I grew to love this strange, angry man from Pennsylvania (just like me). We have both mellowed out with time, as you will see. In the mean time, enjoy this total klassic, complete with crucified monkey, and then we’ll chat afterward.
So, I have but to assume you’re not completely uptight and hypocritical if you’re still with me right now. I bought “The Downward Spiral” based on that album. I have to point out, that as a reptile rescuer; I’m not impressed with the selection of reptiles and amphibians appearing in that video. The rest is history. I don’t want you to think that every impulse purchase is based on banal sexual desire though. There’s this serious lapse in judgment:
Oh yeah, we were all on board with that. That is, until we found out that the rest of the album sucked donkey swangers. I bounced back. I sold that bitch back at Rasputin ASAP. Don’t drink and listen. I have to admit, I lived in New York once. I live in Norcal NOW. I’ll stay soft and pinko commie thanks.
I have had slip-ups. I also have complete dead-on-balls hits. This is one hit that I will never regret:
I found this at a time when I was particularly down in my life, and watching this realized I could be so much more. It made me hope for the time when, like Star Trek, we could beam to other star systems with the blink of an eye, or at least visit them in the holodeck. The rest of the album is about the nuclear holocaust and the attitude of those that survived it. You should check it out.
Okay, a few seconds to revisit NIN. He’s mellowed out over the past 15 years, as have you. I bought an entire album off of this track, and have yet to regret it. There are some definite low points on this purely digital work, however, they pale in comparison to this gem beyond great price:
The last YouTube offering I have to dish out is the mostest, bestest video EVER. I bought this album based on this song. My mistake. The album isn’t that good; however, this video is over-the-top irresistible. If you don’t like cats, well, fuck you. I don’t have time to therapist out your “cats are too close to humans and therefore I hate them” complex. If you hate, torture or God forbid, kill cats, there’s a special place in hell reserved for you. For those of us who are compassionate humans, I give you this. This is the only video known to bring active joy and laughter to my heart. Enjoy, and remember I love you…