Feb 16, 2009

Diggin' in the Crates "Honey I Shrunk The Bosstones" Edition

After an unintentional one-week hiatus... funny thing is, I picked this up the day before said hiatus...

Artist: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Title: Devil's Night Out LP & Where'd You Go? EP
Vinyl: 2x 10" heavy vinyl

Unafraid to take advantage of the rising demand for vinyl, long-running independent label Taang! Records apparently decided to do something special with not one, but two of the titles from one of their biggest-selling acts. This release is a special repackage of two Bosstones titles, their first LP Devil's Night Out and a subsequent EP, Where'd You Go? (the title track of the latter notable for being in the film Clueless and more recently in the ever-addictive video game Rock Band 2, the rest of the EP featuring ska/punk rearrangements of Aerosmith, Metallica and Van Halen songs... and you thought their pole-axing of KISS' "Detroit Rock City" was a left-field turn!), on two 10" records in a gatefold sleeve.

If it seems to some vinyl trainspotters like it's pushing it to be putting an "LP" on two less inches of vinyl than normally acceptable, it should be noted that Devil's Night Out is less than a half-hour long total. 

Pic of one of the discs (specifically, the one corresponding with Devil's Night Out to show how "small" the record is compared to a 12" record. 

And further showing off some of the Bosstones' musical roots, the labels on the records are emulations of some famous old-school soul, reggae, and ska record labels (top to bottom, the labels emulate Stax (Atlantic era), Channel One, Trojan, and 2-Tone). Given that on their cover of "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" the Bosstones slipped in a few bars of the Specials' "Niteklub" (specifically, the couplet starting "I won't dance in a club like this...")

No downloads this time around since both titles are in print, but both releases are easily found on iTunes, eMusic, and Amazonmp3.com.

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