DMX’s Born Loser


Who doesn’t remember DMX’s peak in the hip hop world? I was in middle school and even my dad didn’t mind his beats (he was pickier when it came to rap and hip hop). I still put DMX on at work because a manager once said he started the day that way because if you could handle DMX yelling at you first thing, you could handle the customers…

Earl Simmons (born December 18, 1970), better known by his stage names DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor.

In 1999, DMX released his best-selling album …And Then There Was X, which featured the hit single “Party Up (Up in Here)”. He has acted in films such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 The Grave, and Last Hour. In 2006, he starred in the reality television series DMX: Soul of a Man, which was primarily aired on the BET cable television network. In 2003, DMX published a book of his memoirs entitled, E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX. DMX has sold over 30 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling hip-hop artists of all time.

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Born Loser

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Original
Radio Edit

Side Two

Instrumental
Dr Cuess Mix

Peter Frampton Is In You


Peter Kenneth Frampton (born April 22, 1950) is an English-American rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. He was previously associated with the bands Humble Pie and The Herd.

Frampton’s international breakthrough album was his live release, Frampton Comes Alive!. The album sold more than six million copies in the United States alone and spawned several hits. Since then he has released several major albums. Frampton is best known for such hits as “Breaking All The Rules”, “Show Me the Way”, “Baby, I Love Your Way”, “Do You Feel Like We Do”, and “I’m in You”, which remain staples on classic-rock radio.

He has also appeared as himself in television shows such as The Simpsons and Family Guy.

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I’m In You

Side Two

St. Thomas (Don’t You Know How I Feel)

Mr. Richard’s Reviews: Player – Baby Come Back


Player – Baby Come Back (written by P. Beckett and J.C. Crowley and produced by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter)

I love this track and it’s the only single that we have in our collection by Player. So do a lot of companies as well.

Fortunately, Player owns part of its own publishing to this 1978 number one hit because it is incredibly lucrative working to sell many different products. You are probably familiar with this tune because it is being used to sell Swiffer mops, dusters and such for eight to nine month intervals at a time. Currently Human Leaugue is in possession of the rights, but “Baby Come Back” has been used by Sprint, SBC, Toyota and a slew of other smaller companies since its release. It has also been used in more than 30 movies.

The main singer, Peter Beckett, loves the publicity and is proud of his gold record with J.C. Crowley. The aquatic like guitar riff combined with great usage of background vocals is what catches my attention whenever I hear this track. Although this is their only major hit, it opened the door for their career as they opened for Eric Clapton, The Bee Gees, Kenny Loggins and Heart and many others as well as headlined tours in America. It’s a little bit of a guilty pleasure in my opinion, because every time that I listen I remember halfway through that Becket and Crowley are both white and from Liverpool and Texas accordingly…

- Mr. Richard

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RuPaul Celebrates


I enter every album in an Excel sheet so with the singles tab, I usually just have three columns; Artist, Side A and Side B. This 12″ from RuPaul is a first, causing me to expand the columns into Side C and Side D (I do use numbers on here but pardon that little difference). There are four tracks but each one is on it’s own separate side.

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Side One

Celebrate – R.H. Factor Vocal Mix

Side Two

Celebrate – Prince Quick Mix Warmed Up Mix

Side Three

Celebrate – R.H. Factor Dub

Side Four

Celebrate – Prince Quick Mix’s Rubber Duckie Dub

Back To RuPaul’s Roots


You perhaps remember me mentioning the roommate picking up RuPaul for me at RRRecords recently. When he showed this disc to me, I screamed. We both absolutely ADORE Ru, as her career has spanned our entire lives (just about now). We both remember her early TV show and still watch her on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960), best known as just RuPaul, is an American actor, drag queen, model, author, and recording artist, who first became widely known in the 1990s when he appeared in a wide variety of TV programs, films, and musical albums. Previously, he was a fixture on the Atlanta and NYC club scenes. Usually billed as RuPaul Charles, he has played men in a number of roles, and makes public appearances both in and out of drag.

RuPaul is noted among drag queens for his indifference toward the gender-specific pronouns used to address him—both “he” and “she” have been deemed acceptable, as stated in his autobiography: “You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don’t care! Just as long as you call me.”.

He hosted a short-running talk show on VH1, and currently hosts the reality television show RuPaul’s Drag Race. RuPaul is also known for her hit song “Supermodel (You Better Work)”.

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Back to My Roots

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Side One

Back to My Roots – Oscar G’s Dope Dub
Back to My Roots – Jheri Curl Juice Dub
Supermodel – “Work It Mr. DJ” Tribal Mix
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Side Two

Back to My Roots – Jheri Curl Juice Mix
Back to My Roots – 7″ Version
Back to My Roots – Murk’s Curl Activator Mix

Mr. Richard’s Reviews: Poison – Your Mama Don’t Dance


Poison – Your Mama Don’t Dance (written by Loggins and Messina and produced by Tom Werman)

And your daddy don’t rock and roll? Sorry Brett, but they do.

I had to review one of our Poison singles, because I’m sort of obsessed with Brett Michaels the person, just not his music. I find the band less than talented at anything other than alcohol and drug abuse and being trashy. I am super classless at heart, but not all that proud of it. These guys seem to still profit from their reckless images.

Why do I like Brett? It’s mostly because of the fact that he is a type 1 diabetic like myself and he made some of the best reality TV of all time! I will never forget Rock of Love Bus ever, as it is jaw dropping entertainment to say the least. Michaels does work with the Junior Diabetic Relief Fund and other diabetic foundations for a cure and I applaud him for that. My doctors predict that the illness will be cured in my lifetime, due to rapid technological advances, even witnessed in my life as a diabetic. I’m hopeful and had to give them a shout out for that!

I do have to say that their foldout poster sleeve art and other flashy packaging is pretty cool and certainly collectible. I chose this single in particular, because it still gets airplay and the younger generation my not recognize the artist. Also the B-side is “Look What the Cat Dragged In”, so shout out to felines too!

- Mr. Richard

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When Doves Cry, Romeo And Juliet Die


Growing up, Romeo and Juliet (the remake with Leo and Claire) was one of my favorite movies. It’s still one of the very few love stories I’ll watch, being more into action films. One of the stand out scenes is the cover of When Doves Cry. If you haven’t seen the film, check it out.

This single wasn’t actually one of my dad’s. The roomie and I stumbled upon it in the stacks while out crate digging and absolutely needed it. Isn’t the purple color amazing? There’s another of the same color coming up soon so keep checking back for more Prince all month long!

How can you just leave me standing?
Alone in a world that’s so cold (So cold)
Maybe I’m just too demanding
Maybe I’m just like my father too bold
Maybe you’re just like my mother
She’s never satisfied (She’s never satisfied)
Why do we scream at each other?
This is what it sounds like
When doves cry

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Side One

When Doves Cry

Side Two

17 Days

Mr. Richard’s Reviews: P. Diddy, Black Rob, and Mark Curry – Bad Boy for Life


Diddy, Black Rob, and Mark Curry – Bad Boy for Life (written by D. Wesley, M. Curry, R. Ross, J. Fisher and D. Goss and produced by Justin, Quincy, and Christian Combs)

This is my favorite track from P. Diddy and The Bad Boy Family because the beat is out of this world. The production is super recognizable and as soon as the needle hits the vinyl people know what they’re in for.

This is one rap by Diddy that I respect as well. His flow has always been pretty strong, but his lyrics are often weak. It’s almost like he puts all of his energy into getting the production perfect that the vocals are considerably lame by comparison.

This track uses samples from Labi Siffre, whom I’ve never heard of and am hoping to find in our catalogue when Erica gets to the L’s. Apparently, Bad Boy Records was starting to decrease album sales after the death of Biggie and Mase’s departure to become a Christian pastor. As a musical retort to the criticism, Diddy released this song to declare the strength of the label and demonstrate that the label would continue on no matter what.

Of course, this second track from ‘The Saga Continues…” only reached 33 on the charts and the label ultimately has continued to lose popularity through the late 2000’s and today. P. Diddy’s conceptual statement wasn’t exactly realized, but I still miss his show Making the Band on MTV. That’s some classic “reality TV”.

- Mr. Richard

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End Of The Month Wrap Up: February 2015


Between all the snow we had in February, the roomie and I did make it out quite a bit. Of course, you know about all the trips to record stores because you’ve been following along and know I do a weekly summary. Right?!? Of course, there was Garnick’s but Mr. Richard went to RRRecords for me and we made it to Bull Moose in Portsmouth together. As the crate digging trips are regular, we also wanted to get out and have some new experiences.

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First up this month, we went to go see Green Porno live in Boston. Are you familiar with the act? If not, it’s a bit educational, a bit sexy and absolutely hilarious. We used to watch the TV show while we were in college so it was like a flashback going to see the show. The actual performance itself was part lecture, part performance art and featured some of her TV clips like her hamster, duck, dolphin and praying mantis.

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We were a bit high up, but despite the above photo, it really wasn’t that blurry. We saw everything on stage from the puppets, to the screen to Isabella recreating some of her films, like when she used tomatoes to symbolize eggs in her mouth and sprayed herself in the face to show how a certain fish reproduces. Mr. Richard and I laughed harder than we have in a long time while still learning a ton.

We had other plans to spend “Pal-entine’s Day” (I just made that up, ripping off Lesley Knope’s Galentine’s) but the snow hit. I won’t bore you with more images of my trash cans covered in snow, but check out the past updates if you’re visiting this blog from outside the north east. It’s been quite the month for snowfall here and I certainly haven’t lived through anything like it.

Luckily all of our plans could be moved, like a trip to the Butterfly Garden a few towns over and a few dinners we have certificates for. Look for those little adventures next month! Our luck did take a turn for the best and we avoided any bad weather for our trip to Maine.

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I mean, it was cold, obviously. This is winter in New England people, but bundled appropriately, we trekked out, stopping in Portsmouth for some crate digging (again, check out some of the previous weekly updates for more).

In Maine, we stayed right on the water, a gift from his parents. We arrived early and pulled over to go for a little walk along the beach. Obviously, most stairs were blocked off, but just staring out was peaceful enough. It was so calming! Below is a little collage of the ocean, the top picture being sunset of our first night, the middle being early the next day and bottom of a lighthouse we visited.

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We got to the hotel, Anchorage Inn, and it was beautiful. There was a heated indoor pool with bar, fitness room and in the summer, a playground. The only slight hiccup was we planned our trip over school vacation. We got into the room and barely had the bags off our shoulders when the phone rang. Assuming it was the front desk to say they forgot something or ask if we were okay, I answered. Screaming. I hung up.

Ring, ring. “Is your refrigerator running?” comes out of what I best could guess was a six year old. I hung up again and thought of Dave Chapelle. “I don’t like people playing on my phone!” and called the front desk. It took one more prank call before it ended. We were settling in and as funny as it would have been to a younger me, I wanted to relax damn it!!

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After we got the chance to settle in, we ventured back out for some dinner. Obviously, a lot was closed for the winter but we drove into Kittery and found this amazing Thai restaurant, Tasty Thai. It was a bit of a drive but every single bit was worth it.

We eat a ton of Thai food, like, we’ve probably tried 90% of the Thai in Boston and at least 80% in Lowell and a lot in New Hampshire, Vermont and other random places but this was hands down the best. Mr. Richard even went as far to say it was better than anything he had in Vancouver when he was there for school. He never says that! I mean, he compares everything to there and nothing ever compares, but this was a total 180!

The Thai rolls were crispy and perfectly filled, curry puffs to die for and the pad Thai was plate licking delicious. We even considered stopping back there on the way home to get three orders of the curry puffs and 500 side orders of the peanut sauce.

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We woke up early and headed north before turning back to Massachusetts. We ended up at a lighthouse where we both snapped some great pictures. It was about 10 degrees cooler there and five times as windy so we could only stay so long. The view was still breathtaking and we managed to catch some beautiful lighting and sat in the heated car a moment to take it all in.

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It was so windy, Mr. Richard was photographing the lighthouse while I was coming up from exploring off the pavement and the wind blew his phone down onto me! I’m surprised he managed any pictures of the lighthouse since the parking lot was full of seagulls. He loves them and must have snapped a dozen or so reference pictures for more stencils he’ll cut!

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We both don’t particularly like our pictures taken, but I did get a few throughout. Above is our little collage of ice cream and beer in the hotel, selfies while walking the beach, free breakfast and a little gambling on the way home.

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This last week, I went out to a bridal expo with a friend from work. It was at the aquarium, free to go with free food and wine! We expected a sort of time share pitch to get her to have her wedding there, but we pigged out and ran around the aquarium taking full advantage of the child free zone.

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The food was amazing, pasta, bacon wrapped scallops and jerk chicken! It was a bit strange to eat so much seafood in front of the fish but that’s the circle of life I suppose! I definitely want to somehow go back when it’s this empty so I can get more close up pictures of all the sea life, but who knows when I’ll have that chance again…

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This morning, for Rare Disease Day, Mr. Richard and I spent the morning at the Butterfly Place in Westford, Massachusetts before going out to the record store. It was so beautiful!

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We so many different butterflies! It was spectacular! They had some small birds as well, but since it’s winter the plant life wasn’t as full. We’re definitely planning a trip back in summer when it’s more lush. I’d also like to get my friend up here with her baby. I think she’d be in awe!

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It was also really warm so it was a really, really great treat to bask in the 80 degree temperature. I didn’t want to leave. If you’re in the Boston area, get up here to Westford. Right now on TravelZoo.com you can even get a great deal!

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I hope you like the pictures, there’s larger versions on Facebook so make sure you’re following along! Check it out in the sidebar of the blog or by clicking HERE. I try to keep all the social media pages current and a bit more personal. For instance, on Twitter, I’m using today to shout out different rare diseases in honor of the roomie! Check it out and raise awareness! #RareDiseaseDay2015

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