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out today 7/15...dark knight...abba...mamma mia...the x-files...

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 17, 2008 07:20pm | Post a Comment
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There is a new Nas album out this week, but that is about it. Nothing much else for me to share with you. The big albums might not be coming out every week, but the big summer movies continue to come out. Both the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, and the movie version of the musical Mamma Mia! come out this weekend. As a huge fan of both Batman and ABBA, I will be seeing both of these movies as soon as I possibly can. The week after this weekend is the release of the new X-Files movie, I Want to Believe. Some people may not like that they keep making movies out of old TV shows, but I would much rather see an X-Files movie with the actual castthe-beverly-hillbillies than a remake 10 years down the road starring new 20- something actors in the roles of Mulder and Scully. You know it is going to happen. They did just remake Get Smart into a new movie with new actors, and Hollywood seems to be constantly turning old TV shows into new movies. But they usually don't work out so well-- The Dukes of Hazzard with Jessica Simpson and The Beverly Hillbillies with Jim Varney are two bad examples. It did have both Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton in the cast, so I guess it wasn't all bad. Still, sometimes these remakes work out beautifully, like the big screen adaptations of Charlie's Angels. I also have to admit that I like the Brady Bunch Movie as well, and I am looking forward to the Wonder Woman and A-Team movies. I just hope they don't make Jake & the Fatman or Head of the Class into big screen movies. But a Murder She Wrote movie is not such a bad idea. I bet it would actually make some fantastic money among the senior set. Unfotunately I think they waited too long to make a Golden Girls movie. The Get Smart movie actually worked. I know there were a few people out there that did not like it or decided to not give it a chance, but I think Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway could do no wrong. Without them in it, I seriously doubt I would have even seen it. abba

So yes, I am very excited about this X-Files movie. I was obsessed with the show and can't wait to see what they did with this movie. I also seem to be enjoying the "musical movie" more as I get older...or maybe they are just getting better or I am getting less cynical. The movie version of the Hairspray musical was actually fantastic. I love the original John Waters Hairspray movie so much that I really thought I would hate this new version, so I skipped it in the theater, but I was pleasantly surprised when I watched it on DVD. I just tried to look the other way every time John Travolta appeared on the screen. I did see the Mamma Mia! musical about 10 years ago. I have always loved myself some ABBA and the musical was super fun. I also love Muriel's Wedding, which was basically another ABBA movie. I have been preparing for the new Mamma Mia! movie by listening to a lot of ABBA. I don't think I am alabbaone in the fact that I have only ever owned ABBA collections until this week. I have owned various versions of ABBA's greatest hits over the years. Most people have an ABBA Gold or Essential ABBA in their CD collection, but who really owns all the ABBA albums? Well, I decided to change all that and invest some money in the ABBA catalog. All their albums got reissued in 2001 and they are super cheap. You can find most of them for $9.98 or $8.98 new! Some of the albums are full of the songs that you already know, but it has been really fun to go back and listen to all these old albums and discover songs that I have never heard before. I highly recommend it. Here is a breakdown of the ABBA albums that you might need to add to your collection...


Ring Ring (1973) "ring ring"..."love isn't easy"...


Waterloo (1974) "waterloo"..."honey honey"...


ABBA (1975) "mamma mia"..."sos"..."bang-a-boomerang"...


Arrival (1976) "dancing queen"..."knowing me,knowing you"..."money, money, money"..."fernando"...


The Album (1977) "take a chance on me"..."the name of the game"...


Voulez-Vous (1979) "voulez-vous"..."does your mother know"..."chiquitita"..."summer night city"..."angeleyes"..."i have a dream"...


Super Trouper (1980) "super trouper"..."the winner takes it all"..."lay all your love on me"..."on and on and on"...


The Visitors (1981) "one of us"..."head over heels".."the day before you came"...

What is so great about ABBA is that they released a new album almost every year. They only took one year off in 1978. Not sure what happened that year, but that is pretty awesome. Most bands these days take 2 to 3 years to come up with a new album, and it is rarely as great as an ABBA album. And unlike most other bands, they did not continue making bad albums up into the 90's. They were really a 70's band and simply stopped making ABBA albums in 1981. They may have made solo albums after that, but ABBA the group just stopped when it was time. I really love all these albums. One of my favorites right now is The VisitorsEven though it is their last album and I didn't really recognize any of the songs, tthis album really has some great songs like "Under Attack," "One of Us," and "Head Over Heels."

My ABBA obsession has gotten so bad this week that I actually wanted to buy some ABBA cassettes for my car. I only have a tape player in my car but I refuse to get an adapter. I was once a big fan of the cassette tape and actually never stopped loving them. I still have all my old tapes and now have a use for them. And there are thousands of cassettes at Amoeba for me to explore. Unfortunately the ABBA cassette selection was not the best the other day. Somebody must have beat me to it. But I just found a "Grandes Exitos" ABBA cassette from Mexico, so that will have to do for now. I really love cassettes, and I know I am not alone in my love of the cassette. While my first exposure to music was Vinyl, when I actually started buying my own music, it was on cassette. I also have very fond memories of taping songs off the radio. I would tape live shows of my favorite DJs and also tape songs I liked off the radio. I also made and received many mixed tapes over the years. I really miss those mixed tapes. Burned CDs are just not same. I also love when people still refer to albums as tapes. I have heard many people at Amoeba asking for some artists new "tape." My first Depeche Mode, Cure, and Smiths albums were all on cassette. And most of them still work. I have had a couple cassettes expire on me over the years. Music for the Masses by Depeche Mode and Louder Than Bombs by The Smiths both had to be put to rest, and one of my Erasure cassettes was not doing so well today. Let's just hope that my "new" ABBA cassette will work perfectly.

Here is an ABBA video for you to enjoy. It may not be "Dancing Queen," but it is just as good...



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Eight Oh Eight by Black Devil Disco Club











Love to Make Music by Daedelus










Dark Knight Soundtrack











Stay Positive by Hold Steady












Object 47 by Wire








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