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Monday, June 11, 2012

A Friendly Request

It's Monday, now I'm not the type of person to go on about how I hate Mondays because blah, blah, blah, and cliches everyone uses when they talk about how much they hate Mondays.  No, but today is a little different because when I woke up the grey filled the sky, rain sprinkled on my roof and I felt like crap due to some weird ailment that I had acquired over the past 12 hours.  None the less I feel no different towards Mondays, it's not like it's Monday's fault for me feeling like blah.
I get to work, prepare for the day ahead of me, pricing records, shattering peoples dreams of retiring off their Beatles records, so on and so forth.  As I'm checking the shop's email account, Pop walks up and sets a piece of paper, that has a request from one of our customers, in front of me on the table.  In the short but sweet message the customer asks if we had the Kinks album "Lola vs the Power Man".  This brought a huge smile to my face because I love this record.  It's not over rated, it's not underrated, and it certainly not an obscure album, it's just a magnificent record.  When working in a record store one tends to get really tired of people that only want the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, & The Doors.  Not that there's anything wrong with these bands because there's not and I really love all these bands but after awhile having people only ask for the same records over and over again gets really old.  Anyway back to the Kinks "Lola vs the Power Man".  This is the Kinks 8th album and in my opinion the last really fantastic album.  Don't get me wrong I think Muswell Hillbillies is a pretty great record but compared to everything else they released prior to Muswell Hillbillies it just doesn't stand up very well, that's just my opinion, I'm not trying to say this is the gospel or anything.  From the "Introduction" to "Go to Be Free" the band takes the listener on a fun and sometimes crazy journey though the music business.  Stand out tracks for me are "Lola", I know this is not an obscure track, but I don't care, it's a fun jangly rocking tune about hooking up with a transvestite.  What's not to love?  Another track that always makes me sing out loud with the song is "ApeMan", a wonderful track about a man that would rather give up the hustle and bustle of city life for living free eating bananas, & swinging in from tree to tree in the jungle, but most importantly escaping the nuclear crazed world he lives in at that moment.  The entire album rules but I'm not going to go through every track because you either already know this album and I'm not saying anything new.  If you don't have this album you should give it a listen, especially if you're a fan bands like the Beatles, the Who, the Move, the Stones ect, ect, ect.   

Unfortunately we did not have that record, which isn't surprising at all, it's a great record and when it comes in it usually leaves as soon as we put out the new used stock on Fridays, and it has not been reissued as of yet, on lp of course. Anyone can get the cd, so if you don't have a turntable immediately purchase this album!  
The point of this post was to show my appreciation for the customers that stray away for the norm when inquiring whether or not we have a particular record.  Thanks for putting a smile on this jaded middle aged man's face.  And thanks for reminding me how awesome "Lola vs the Power Man" is to this day.
    Thanks a bunch for reading this drivel,
    Yours truly,
    Murphy Winston

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