Toro toro, taxi: Dire Straits, “Skateaway” (1980)

Last week's post about Revolver being one of my Top Five albums got me spiraling into a sort of High Fidelity argument with myself about what would be in that Top Five list.  The album that I keep going back and forth on is Dire Straits' Making Movies from 1980.  Is it simply good or … Continue reading Toro toro, taxi: Dire Straits, “Skateaway” (1980)

Summer’s over: Breathe, “Hands To Heaven” (1988)

(Above: Quite possibly, the world's shortest album.)   There are usually a few signs that summer - and with it, summer vacation - is coming to a close. The main ones that I noticed each year were the intensity of annual cicadas each August and the first broadcast of exhibition football on television.  Hearing both … Continue reading Summer’s over: Breathe, “Hands To Heaven” (1988)

Car tunes: The Grateful Dead, “Touch of Grey” (1987)

(Pictured: My 1987 Nissan 300 ZX on a day when I drove around and gave away concert tickets. Find me and win.  I'd never play this game today.) Quick now: name all of the Grateful Dead songs to make the Billboard Top 40.  I'll wait. That's correct - there is only one, and it's the … Continue reading Car tunes: The Grateful Dead, “Touch of Grey” (1987)