As I make my way through the 1001 Albums list, I usually google the album and band while I listen to an album. Even with bands/albums/songs I know, I find something interesting or new when I do that. It makes listening to the album a bit more interesting.
It might be an “hmm, I didn’t realize that.” This week I’ve listened to two albums from Big Star. Hmm, I didn’t realize Alex Chilton was in that band.
Other times it might be “Oh, so that’s what this is about.” Wikipedia has the full story on Smoke on the Water. When I listened to it I thought, “Oh, so that’s what this is about.” It was always just a riff to me.
Today was the “Oh, this is creepy.” I was listening to GI from the Germs. It was one of the first hardcore albums and their only studio album. I’m more than a bit of a hardcore/punk fan so I was enjoying the album until I googled it. “Oh, this singer committed suicide a year after singing this album. I’m listening to a kid (he was 22) who is going to kill himself in a year. Oh, this is creepy.”
GI also gets an “hmm, I didn’t know that” for being produced by Joan Jett. I didn’t know that and wouldn’t think she’d produce a hardcore album. But she did and it’s one more thing I’ll love about Joan Jett. (big fan)
At the moment I’m listening to #434 – Live at the Witch Trials (which isn’t live at all). Time to go read up on The Fall.