June 29, 2013

Before They Make Me Run


When I first bought the Rolling Stones' Some Girls back in 1978, the sales guy at Musicland at the Tanforan Park shopping center said "heyyyy" like the Fonz and I felt validated in spite of not wanting to be the kind of guy who feels validated by comments from the guy who works at the Musicland at Tanforan Park shopping center.

(These days I tend to avoid buying records in shops because of the handful of times when the guy at the register has said something like "ohhh, let's see what the famous Dr. Frank is buying today, Oasis, seriously? Ha, I thought better of you…" Similarly, that bothered me way more than I felt it ought to have. Mail ordering is preferable because then at least you don't have to hear the ridicule. So I guess I have a history of paying attention to what record store clerks say in spite of a wish to be a better sort of person who wouldn't care.)

Anyhow, it was only a few days from the release but the faces on the die cut cover had already been expurgated and replaced with the words "pardon our appearance, cover under construction." I was disappointed then, and I guess the disappointment lasted unnoticed because I just got an "all the faces" one to replace the long-gone original and now I'm surprised to discover that I feel a little more complete, as a person. It was mail order, of course, because, you know, I just can't take the ridicule in person. Point being, nothing satisfies like something you've wanted since you were 14, and the other point being, wow, it's weird how little has changed since 1978.

Posted by Dr. Frank at June 29, 2013 06:54 PM