Wednesday, December 12, 2012

rep the stutter step

I've got an early Christmas present for you.  So wake-up, kiddos!  It's album giveaway time again.

You may recall from my recent review how gobsmacked I was by XX, the 20th anniversary reissue of Rage Against the Machine's seminal debut album. Normally I am a fairly vehement detractor of the whole reissue thing, but I will make an exception for this one.  XX is actually well worth it.  

The special edition I have to give away contains two CDs - a remaster of the self-titled debut Rage Against the Machine album and the original demos for same - and it also comes with a DVD of videos and live clips.  You may just want to give yourself this for Christmas.

All you have to do is tell me what you were listening to twenty years ago.  And if by chance you weren't around or you were listening to womb sounds at the time, just tell me what you wish you were listening to twenty years ago.  The winner will be chosen by random draw.

Let's have a quick turnaround time for this contest, shall we, to ensure that you get get this special edition under your tree before all the shortbread is consumed.  Contest will close Sunday, December 16 at 11:59pm MT.  Unfortunately the contest is only open to Canadian residents, although of course I would love to hear the musical reminiscences of my non-Canadian friends as well.

So come on!  Take the power back and get in on this!


mellowlee said...

Easiest thing for me to remember! I am all excite! 20 years ago, Dev was a wee fella of 2 years old. (so tute!) Dev's Mum was listening to lots of grunge/metal/industrial!
Nirvana was my top favorite, followed by Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam...and on and on and on. I'm pretty sure you aren't asking for a full list, but I was called "Miss Grunge" by a friend of mine :)
One of my favorite cassette tapes was a compilation put out by Sweet Relief (A Benefit for Victoria Williams) but I'm not certain of the year there...I will have to google it.

mellowlee said...

The album in question was 1993 :)

Anonymous said...

Twenty years ago...hmmm.

Probably, my ex's drunken ramble but, to drown that out, I'd say it was likely Pearl Jam's "10" that played for about a year after its release at my house. Grunge, I was grunging.

(PS, It's Deb but I forget how to sign in to my damn blog)

Anonymous said...

Mel...exactly the same list as yours!...including Sweet Relief (which I have on cassette tape, dammit)

xo & high five


mellowlee said...

Deb! I made friends with a fellow from Sweet Relief. I got the mp3s (still have the cassette too) I can share...j/s :)

Anonymous said...

Snob! ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Mel and Deb, so great to step back a couple of decades with you! I can see why you were called Miss Grunge, Mel! Hang onto that cassette tape, Deb, they are the new hipster accessory!
Ladies, your names have both been entered into the big black sorting hat.

ReBelle, I feel like such a meanie! Especially since you visit our home and native land almost enough to be called an honourary citizen.

Brook said...

Wally says the same thing he is listening to today - RUSH (hohoho) Merry Christmas to you guys!

John Mutford said...

Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Good to hear that some things never change, Brook! Merry Christmas to you guys too. Hope there are many krokinole games in your immediate future. And tell Wally he's been entered in the draw.

Another grunge guy! Consider your grungy ways to be entered in the draw, John.

Sean Wraight said...

Pavement for me Barbara! An original slacker I was... So many great discoveries that year; Jesus Lizard, Teenage Fanclub, L7, R.E.M. and the Beasties. (Not to mention those Aberdeen, WA boys of course.) Twenty years ago, wow! Kinda blows my mind a little.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You slacker, Sean! Actually, speaking of Teenage Fanclub, Norman Blake has just been announced for MTT Fest in Calgary this year. Also Suicide. You may want to come for a visit...
Your name is in the draw, my dear!