Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Thanks to Dan for reminding me that it's Wally Wednesday! Wally's hot spot is now healing and he's been leaving it alone, so he's cone free. I felt bad for him with that satellite dish around his neck, and a friend told me about a new, inflatable "cone" that goes around their neck and gives them more range of motion to eat and such, but still limits them getting their head around to chew on their body. As you can see, it looks like a life preserver:

Good idea, but it doesn't work. Not only could he still manage to get at his hot spot, but he could easily remove it. He would at least wait until I left the room, so that when I returned, I would often find him naked. The dog's regular collar gets looped inside the inflatable collar and it meant to help keep the collar on. I tried to outsmart Wally by tightening the interior collar up. It stayed on and on. Then he asked to go out and I opened the door so he could hang out in front for awhile. When he came back through the door - naked! I went out front in my garden and found his inflatable collar wedged in a space between the condo's foundation and the ground. He had shoved his head in until the collar became wedged, and then pulled as hard as he could until he got free. And people say Labs aren't the smartest dogs!

Diane posted earlier in the week about how she recently went through her CD collection to find something, only to come across some discs that made her wonder what the hell she'd been thinking when she bought them. I thought it might be interesting to take a gander at my own collection, and here are some of the things that I found in my record collection. First, let's start with the compilation records:

I didn't know where I'd gotten this until I saw my friend Robert's name written on the back. It's an actual K-TEL album. I'm not sure what compelled me to borrow it and then not return it. It features "Let My Love Open The Door" by Pete Townshend along with "The Tide is High" by Blondie. Then again, it also contains "Hot Rod Hearts" by Robbie Dupree and "Who'll Be The Fool Tonight" by the Larsen-Feiten Band (who???).

I'm pretty sure I lifted this off one of my sisters. If you look at the full size photo, you can see it actually includes some decent music. '83 was a very good year - see Adam Ant, The Police, Pat Benetar, The Thompson Twins and Bryan Adams among others. Still, I'm perplexed as to why I would want this when I have most of the albums by said bands.

Now for the Do I Really Have These In My Collection? records:

Yes, he was super charming in Moonlighting, but I actually paid for this record because I liked the song "Respect Yourself" THAT much.

This is possibly one of the most embarrassing records in my collection. First off, I didn't buy it. I can see from the smudged stamp on the front of it that I lifted it from a radio station I worked for. Which means that at the time, I was willing to lay my job on the line for a used copy of this so I could...listen to "Wake Me Up Before Yoo Go Go" over and over again? Keep in mind, I didn't work at that station until 1990.

And then there's this. Sure I was a huge Huey Lewis fan, but did I HAVE to have the two sided picture disc of Sports. You bet I did!

Finally, from the geeky but sort of cool that I still have this category, a narrated record of The Hobbit including full sound effects and soundtrack from 1977:

Since I mentioned it earlier, I might as well use it as the song of the day. "Let My Love Open The Door" by Pete Townshend off his 1980 album Empty Glass. I've never been much of a Who fan, and am one of those unusual people who prefers Townshend to Roger Daltrey. There are several Townshend songs I'm fond of, but this is the most memorable.


Anonymous lemaster said...

That reminds me - Do you remember how we used to argue over who was a better singer between Townshend and Daltrey? As I got older I realized that you were right all along. Pete Townshend is worlds better in every way than Roger Daltrey ever dreamed of being. You win.

One more thing - Not to use your blog for my personal needs, but doesn't Melanie come here? My band is doing a benefit show for my Africa trip and I want to invite her, but I don't know how to contact her. It will be our first show ever. I wish you were in town.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

I like Pete's solo work but with all due respect, you and lemaster ARE CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm curious if either of you have ever seen the Who perform live? Even watch some old video on Youtube - Pete did the writing, but is less important to the playing of the music than one would think. While he was windmilling, Entwistle and Moon were carrying the music . . . Pete may be better able to carry a tune, but not even he would assert that his voice was better suited to sing the Who's material... Daltrey is one of the great hard rock singers of all time

Poor Wally

7:45 PM  
Anonymous lemaster said...

Yes, I will allow that without Daltrey, The Who would not have been The Who. But I would never say that Pete Townshend was anything less than absolutely integral to the sound, and not just the writing. Without him, Daltrey is just a steel worker in Hammersmith. I have come to look at P.T. as one of the most talented performers in the history of rock music.

If that's crazy then lock me up!

And yes I have seen The Who live, but only twice. The Quadrophenia tour was incredible. I have been a giant Who fan since I was about 12. Tiffany gave me an endless amount of shit about my hero-worship of Pete Townshend while we were growing up.

7:56 PM  
Blogger LA said...

That Bruce Willis album is classic/terrible/hysterical.

I have a 60s compliation album set that I didn't include in my write-up because I actually really like the music on it!

As to The Who question... I'd say Daltrey definitely has a better voice, which doesn't really answer who's the better singer. Nevertheless, I think his voice and stage presence were as integral to The Who's sound and success as Robert Plant's were to Zep's.

(verification word: ihkfd - I Hate KFeD?)

11:07 PM  
Blogger Kings Fan said...

Kudos to Wally for using his smarts to outwit you. He's such a smart dog...

Yeah, we're going to have to delve deep into your record and CD collection. I see myself ripping you a new one - if the examples you gave are any indication of what else you have.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Kelly J. Compeau said...

Wally is a very clever and determined pooch!

Man, Tiff, you have a eccentric music collection. It's just all over the place. I remember those K-Tel mixed records of the late '70s/early '80s -- and WHAM, that's classic '80s bubblegum pop right there. Great stuff.

11:04 AM  
Blogger D.O.M. Dan said...

That CD cover of Wham and their song Wake Me Up . . . reminds of of the movie Music and Lyrics. I know it's off topic from your post, but it you haven't seen it it's a very funny movie.

12:04 PM  
Blogger EditThis said...

KingsFan - I know what you have in YOUR cd collection, so I hardly think you have room to make fun of anyone.

DAN - I did see that movie, and it's clearly meant to remind you of Wham! Funny movie, especially the opening music video.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Kings Fan said...

But the stuf in my collection is cool... Doesn't everyone have the entire catalog of the Hoodoo Gurus?

2:50 PM  
Blogger LA said...

Kings fan - I do have Leilani in my collection! :)

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LMAO~~ Ok first off LeMaster I remember Tiff and I making fun of PT's nose and giving you endless shit about liking the who. This is of course when I was wearing keds, tight guess jeans and thinking George Michael was HOT! LOL at the collection there Tiff. Every once in a while I look through my stuff and say hu? Crash Test Dummies anyone? mmmm

7:21 PM  

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