nov 19

Klosterman Reviews Chinese Democracy

Chuck reviews Chinese Democracy. Grade: A- (At midnight on September 16, 1991, Chuck and I waited in line outside Budget Tapes and Records in Grand Forks, ND to buy Use Your Illusion I & II. Standing outside a Best Buy in New York, NY on November 22, 2008 sounds less enticing.)


I did the same thing at Tower Records in Seattle's U District.

Little did I know that Nevermind would come out two weeks later and pretty much erase GnR from my mind and throw Seattle into a whole new world of crazy shit.

Also as a side note: Did you know that RS gave Nevermind 3 out of 5 stars?

posted by Gavin at 1:17 PM on November 19, 2008

The A.V. Club? No offense, but doesn't the definitive Chinese Democracy review deserve a more distinguished placement? Maybe hardcover pamphlet form a la Chomsky after 9/11. Or etched onto a black monolith of indeterminate substance and origin.

posted by stevemarsh at 1:43 PM on November 19, 2008

I'm totally going to be at a best buy in Richfield on Friday night, aren't I. Fuck. This is not how I thought my life would turn out.

posted by stevemarsh at 1:47 PM on November 19, 2008

I was there with you and Chuck... Can't remember for sure, but I think you drove that sporty little Buick you had when we were sophomores living in McVey. I think Nevermind hit GF right away, I had a copy dubbed from someone's CD and the hottest girl in my high school class wouldn't listen to the whole thing on a weekend drive back to Langdon. That set me back a few years musically, reverting to Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd on KJ 108. Sheesh!

posted by Sandman at 1:51 PM on November 19, 2008

I should just admit this to myself: at this stage of my life, it is the best buy in Richfield. And I overlooked the silver lining to the A.V. Club: comments. Get a load of these jackals.

posted by stevemarsh at 2:00 PM on November 19, 2008

Hey, here's my chance to get you to answer my question, Rex!

Okay, reading it, I guess it wasn't a question but moreso a command. Answer anyway!

posted by katiebakes at 2:05 PM on November 19, 2008

Gavin: Even worse, Spin gave "album of the year" that year to Teenage Fanclub.

Steve: Buick Skylark! Who was the hottest girl from Langdon, and did I sleep with her?

Katie: Yep. That's me.

posted by Rex at 2:16 PM on November 19, 2008

Suzanne B. Pretty sure you didn't. Opinions vary on hotness/accessibility.

Ummm... I think it might have been Disc & Tape (by the mall), not Budget. Or maybe I wasn't with you guys, thought I was.... I got the damN thing that morning though.

posted by Sandman at 2:50 PM on November 19, 2008

Oh Langdon girls, how I miss thee.

We started at Budget at midnight, bought our CDs, and then went down o Disc & Tape to see the crowd there.

posted by Rex at 3:28 PM on November 19, 2008

Remind me, did they turn the Uptown Cheapo into a Best Buy?

PS - this thread is teeming with nostalgia.

posted by Laura at 4:17 PM on November 19, 2008

And I only say that because it AMAZING! Must get home for some First Avenue and some Grain Belt..

posted by Laura at 4:24 PM on November 19, 2008

Laura: Other way around -- the Best Buy became a Cheapo.

posted by Rex at 4:34 PM on November 19, 2008

Ahhhh...I really need to get back. Still, I don't think I'll ever forget the head shop where the Gap is today.

posted by Laura at 4:38 PM on November 19, 2008

Laura: the Gap is now a Victoria's Secret.

NoDak people: are Langdon girls like the Hold Steady's Southtown girls, or can they blow you away?

posted by stevemarsh at 5:19 PM on November 19, 2008

Naw... Langdon girls won't stay.

posted by Sandman at 8:01 PM on November 19, 2008

More Best Buys may be going to the Cheapo's of the world:

posted by Sandman at 8:17 PM on November 19, 2008

posted by wtf? at 8:19 PM on November 19, 2008

"Langdon Girls Won't Stay" = great name for a song.

posted by sjb at 10:03 PM on November 19, 2008

CD now streaming on means I suddenly have a much less pressing need to go buy a physical copy and can wait until my weekly BB stop-in for whatever DVDs happen to be coming out Tuesday that I must have at their cheapest (that Hall & Oates concert disc maybe?)

posted by crz at 1:06 AM on November 20, 2008

On the HS/DBTs note. I'm going to be the dude in the black leather jacket with the hot young girls who aren't my girlfriends on Friday night. If you are at the show, say hey!

posted by Sandman at 11:08 AM on November 20, 2008

We've got The Hold Steady Live on The Afternoon Show at 3:00 pm PST.

posted by Sandman at 2:03 PM on November 21, 2008

Craig Finn dances with a gorilla, and the Drive Bys just smoked cigs and watched it happen. An evening at the Thunderbird pales in comparison. Superfun.

posted by Sandman at 2:56 PM on November 22, 2008

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