The last time I bought an album, by which I mean a complete set of songs included together, was the Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang album. I bought it in 2005, not longer after I moved to Indy. I told myself the next time I’d buy an album would probably be whenever the Stones or Aerosmith dropped a new one. The album I bought prior to A Bigger Bang was Aerosmith’s Honkin’ on Bo Bo, which dropped in late 2004. I drove 30 miles from Salem just to get my hands on it (this was prior to my usage of iTunes). When I bought A Bigger Bang, I used iTunes and listened to it religiously from the moment it was released. I had managed to secure every Aerosmith song released up until then, including a vintage copy of Steven Tyler singing “Happy Birthday” to guitarist Brad Whitford. I was working on collecting every Stones song back then, and now I have all of them.
The Rolling Stones delivered again a minute ago, with a re-release of Exile on Main Street. It’s from 1972. Nineteen and seventy frickin’ two. Name one other thing that’s been around since 1972 that still works, delivers or matters.
This is the first album I’ve bought in 5 years. I’ve only purchased a handful of individual songs in the meantime, mostly some Dylan tracks and a few from the likes of Mellencamp and The Black Crowes.
I’m picky about music. I only want to listen to people or bands that can prove they know their stuff. Name one band or artist from the 90’s you can remember. Can’t? I know. The only person I could think of that’s actually still around and doing anything is Justin Timberlake, and he’s just around because he’s in movies now. What’s that leave? Chumbawamba?
I wish I were born in the 60’s so I could have been a teenager in the 70’s.