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A few words on some records I purchased the other day. (more…)

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Back at the end of the 1990s there were quite a few bands coming over from America who I had never heard of before. Actually, I had never heard of the name of the sound they were making either. I was completely new to this so called emo craze, although the name struck a chord with me. Still I considered emo to be something completely different, much more aggressive and hostile that the college rock that was starting to grow bigger and bigger back then. At the highest point of the underground boom Underdog Recordstore set up a two day festival at the “Rhenania” on the banks of the river Rhine with the big names in the business. One day Jimmy Eat World were headlining, the next day it was Hot Water Music. Also playing was the prime of the German scene, especially Reno Kid, Germany’s answer to Mineral.

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I usually buy records because of one or two tracks on it I really like. Sometimes it’s a song I heard the band play live, sometimes it’s something I listened to on our local college radio station. But very seldomly a record stuns me for the full time it’s playing on my turntable. Now I don’t own a vast amount of records, but still I think it can be considered enough to call it a “collection”. And all those “pretentious assholes” like me know that you can’t listen to your entire collection all the time, so you pick out certain songs from certain records. So it’s pretty unusual that I listen to a record constantly for a long period of time. But that’s exactly what happened with this gem.

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