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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Funny How Things Are

Today I am sitting around in my house. For those that don't know where I live, I live in Scotts Valley, California. SV is in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos (suburb of San Jose) and Santa Cruz which is on the coast. Lucky me that I live in a town of 14,000 and have the ocean 10 minutes from my house and the 10th largest city 15 minutes away. We live just 60 miles south of San Francisco. I am sitting in my house looking at the big Redwood trees sway from our storm and enjoying some good down time. BUT that is not the reason for this post.

How many times have you listened to something and thought.....Errrrr I love this bands earlier stuff but this just does not do it for me at all! Case in point was The Adverts Cast Of Thousands. I hated this the first time I listened to it. Fast forward to 2008 and I am listening to I Will Walk You Home and something clicks. Now the album is one of my favorites. Just love it! Funny how after so many years you can go back and re-avaluate a release and realize how damn good it is. Well it happened to me again today. Hanging out and listening to The Undertones, I thought you know, I am going to listen to Sin Of Pride. It happened! Much better than I remembered. Keep in mind that it is nothing like their debut or Hypnotized, but worthy of making it more of a focus now.

Now I am asking you folks out there. What album has done that to you?


  1. I know exactly what ya mean. I've revisited TONS of albums that just didn't "click" when I was younger (I'm 36). Usually I thought they weren't "punk enough" back then...I was dumb. That changed as I got older. 1 off the top of my head is later Gov't Issue stuff...fkn beer clouding shit, sorry, I know there's more.

    Did you like The Undertones "Get What You Need"? I tried, but I just couldn't do it.

  2. I guess this is why we do this blog together as we think way to much alike! Years ago I dismissed Cast of Thousands (maybe due to negative reviews and actually not hearing all of it) but love that lp now although
    the remastered version made a big difference. A brilliant lp imo... The Undertones was the same thing as upon listening to the Sin Of Pride, as I totally enjoyed it at the time and really respect what they were trying to do at (altough I think Get What You Need and Dig Yourself Deep blew the last two lp's away... They have really captured their original magic again) A Brilliant band IMO.................


  3. You nailed it Ken. Definately The Cast Of Thousands. I really didn't like it at the time but love it now. The Lurkers 2nd album (Gods Lonely Men) has another I found disappointing at the time but like more now and also Buzzcocks Love Bites was another I didn't really like at the time but enjoy more now. Funny that they are all 2nd LPs from those bands.