Friday, July 3, 2015


Today I ran into an old roommate and it made my day. Put a skip in my step. Though we had reconnected on Facebook a few years ago, we hadn't had seen each other face to face for decades. She's a special friend, one of several that I lived with in a seven bedroom house that changed the lives of everyone who lived there. They were formative years, the ages of the roommates ranged from eighteen to late twenties. It was just as punk rock began morphing into hardcore but we would have little to do with either, at least when it came to listening to music around the house. We listened to everything. There were stereos and thrift store record players in just about every room, including the kitchen, and occasionally the stair landing between floors. Records were scattered willy nilly everywhere. Back then thrift store finds were everyday occurrences, and just about every trip fruitful. Everybody in the house had an open mind when it came to genre jumping. My friend Lisa, the roommate I ran into today, was one of a select few that didn't give a shit what type of music it was. If it was good, she would dig it. That's a good thing to be around, particularly in a group setting. To be around it as a young adult, that's part of what was so formative.

Here's just a few songs that would get frequent spins. There's hundreds more but I didn't want to be here all night. The photo at the top of the post is a random group of some people that happened to be hanging out in in one particular part of the house on a day when my brother was using the room for a band photo shoot. There could well have been a couple more groups in other parts of the house. In that photo there are five residents, three local guests, one from Los Angeles, and another from Boston. The photo directly above is Lisa and I back in the day. You can read more yarns about the house here (once there, scroll down).

Gene Pitney - Town Without Pity mp3 at Fimoculous
Velvet Underground - There She Goes Again mp3
at Mustard Relics
Sam Cooke - Twistin' the Night Away mp3
at The Riddell Family (?)
Abba - Knowing Me Knowing You mp3
at Dennis Bessley (?)
Ricky Nelson - Lonesome Town mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Kurtis Blow - The Breaks mp3
at RRaul
Marie et les Garcons - Re Bop mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Kraftwerk - The Robots mp3
at Brain Magazine
Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps - Cat Man mp3
Big Youth - Hit tthe Road Jack mp3
at ATumblr
More posts about the Front Street house Scroll down the page.

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