Now That’s What I Call The Weekly Music Thread

Let’s discuss any and all music here. Got a new artist who’s rocking your boat that you want to talk about? Post a video! Found out about that unearthed Coltrane album that has the jazz freak in you losing your mind? Lay it out for us! Have a theory about what your favorite band might do for their next album? Let’s hear it! Anything and everything music-related goes here.

This week’s discussion prompt: Compilations

Did you or do you own any? Did they serve as a point of entry for certain artists or musical genres? Are there any that you still consider to be an essential part of your music library? K-Tel, PolyTel, dance mixes, benefit compilations, cover mount CDs – whatever the case may be, feel free to name check the good (and the not-so-good) here! And while we’ve discussed soundtracks before, given the ubiquity of “Songs Inspired by the Movie/TV Show” cash grabs during the nineties in particular, feel free to talk about any of those as well.

rap traxx

The PolyTel compilation Rap Traxx served as both the soundtrack to my summer of ’89 and my introduction to a lot of great songs and artists from what has come to be known as the golden age of rap music. Just look at that track listing – it’s a virtual “who’s who” of late eighties greatness (okay, I’ll concede that the Morris Minor and the Majors song is more of a novelty track, but it’s still pretty fun). I genuinely love almost every song on that tape, and no less than four of them (“Going Back to Cali”, “Push It”, “Paid in Full [Coldcut Remix]” and “Fight for Your Right”) appeared in my top 25 lists for our ongoing but soon to be winding down weekly feature Songs by the Letter. And Rap Traxx 2 and Rap Traxx 3 aren’t too shabby either.

The story goes that Sonic Youth were asked by their A&R guy Mark Kates to provide an outtake for the upcoming Geffen compilation DGC Rarities, Vol. 1, and when they told him they didn’t have any, he told them to “make one up” – which they did.

As always, any and all music-related topics are welcome. Have fun, and rock out with yr guac out!