Aerosmith - Get Your Wings (Columbia 1974)
Beat Happening - Dreamy (K/Sub Pop 1991)
This project of documenting my entire vinyl collection through Insta isn’t going to be easy - just like life in general, there will be occasional mistakes and messes to clean up. Case in point: Since I’m already through the A’s, what happens when I get a new Aerosmith record?? Or what do I do when I get so excited to post about my favorite band, The Beatles, that I end up completely skipping over my one Beat Happening album? I mean, nobody’s perfect...
After reading about them in Michael Azerrad’s amazing chronicling of the indie underground, Our Band Could Be Your Life, I really wanted to like Beat Happening. I was intrigued by the story of K Records, Calvin Johnson and the way he cultivated such a unique scene in Olympia. However, I’ve only found a handful of songs by the band that I like - if I’m missing something, please let me know.
Aerosmith continues to be controversial. Rock purists are often divided on their opinion of the band, some saying what they have become is unforgivable and erases any cred they may have racked up in the early days. Personally, I’m in the opposing camp - their first four albums (and parts of the next few) are just straight-up 70s rock gold. Rocks is probably the best of them, but Get Your Wings (their second album) contains one of my favorite Aerosmith songs, the amazing Steve Tyler-penned ballad “Seasons of Wither”.