Quarter Life Crisis

The world according to Sven-S. Porst

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After marking earlier today I went food shopping and thought I could do with a new record as well. Unfortunately, Göttingen isn't a good place to shop for records. One of the record stores is too much into electronic stuff for my taste and in other one which has an OK selection of records I always tend to find the people a little unfriendly and too busy with being 'cool' or something. Also, they mostly seem to relate much more to the electronic or Hiphop stuff they sell, rather than the music I buy. Another drawback is that while in Bremen or Berlin you'll pay €13 to €17 for an LP, in Göttingen it's invariably three to four Euros more expensive for the same records. Not a good place, as I said.

After looking around for a bit, I found a nice Cover of Sympathetic sounds of Detroit sampler by Sympathy for the Record Industry, the label of the White Stripes. It's called Sympathetic sounds of Detroit and is quite enjoyable, including a couple of bands that I've seen before like The Von Bondies whom I saw at Vera back in September or Whirlwind Heat who supported the White Stripes when I saw them in Logo club in Hamburg about a year ago.

Other bands, The Detroit Cobras and The Come Ons I've heard of before because friends recommended them and the remaining bands are in the same style and may be worth investigating in more detail in the future. So I guess, I could claim that buying this record was some kind of educational spending.

One thing that's strage about the record is that in the 'silent' bits right at the beginning and at the end there's an annoying static-like noise. I wonder whether they just didn't produce it carefully or whether they did this on purpose – either to annoy people or to remind lazy bastards like me that they have to put on a new record or turn off the current one at least.

Another thing about Sympathy for the Record Industry is that their logo looks a bit Nazi-esque to me. I doubt that the company has any questionable connections – but again I wonder whether they chose this logo because they didn' know better or to offend a little bit, as, for sure, they do like playing the little offending game:

Sympathy for the Record Industry – Part of the problem since 1988.

Sympathy for the Record Industry – you've tried the rest, now go fuck yourself

[Buy at amazon .com, .uk, .de]

February 22, 2003, 20:49

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Comment by d.w.: User icon

The picture on that cover is the old General Motors headquarters on Grand Blvd., by the way.

February 24, 2003, 11:07

Comment by ssp: User icon

Cool. Thanks for the hint.

I had put the record sleeve on my desk the other way round to see the track listing, so I saw the back of the cover most of the time. (Apparently an image of this doesn’t exist on the net)

It looks like there are trams on there, which I found remarkable. Somehow I don’t expect there to be trams in the U.S. My impression was that there are either subways for commuting or people go by car. The photos look a bit old, though - are there still trams in Detroit?

February 24, 2003, 17:37

Comment by d.w.: User icon

It’s very funny that you should mention that. Detroit had a very nice streetcar system during the first half of the 20th century. General Motors decided that mass transit was bad for its business, and used its considerable local influence to kill the system. There hasn’t been a decent mass transit system in the area since.

February 24, 2003, 18:02

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