Released on October 21, 1992, to accompany Madonna’s fifth studio album Erotica (released a day earlier), Sex is a coffee table book like no other. Filled with soft-core pornographic images, she wrote the book as a character named “Mistress Dita”, inspired by the 1930′s film actress Dita Parlo. Shot in New York City and Miami, the locations ranged from hotels and burlesque theaters, to the streets of Miami. The photographs were even stolen before publishing, but were quickly recovered. In spite mass controversy related to its release, it was a commercial success with over 150,000 copies sold on the first day. Warner Bros was reluctant to allow Madonna to publish such a book, but gave in after forcing Madonna to sign a contract that forbade her from showing child pornography, bestiality and religious imagery. Much to their surprise, Madonna founded the entertainment company, “Maverick” shortly there after, giving her total artistic control over any of the work released by Maverick, thus making the agreement she signed with Warner Bros obsolete. This is still one of the most sought after, out of print books, and Cloud 8 Records is proud to sell this mint condition copy here in the store. Here is a small sample of one of the greatest post-feminist art pieces of our time.
If you haven’t enjoyed comedy via vinyl, you’re missing out! Some of our favorite, raunchiest, comedies from the vaults of Cloud 8.
(Top Left) Lenny Bruce’s American is a must have for Bill Hicks fans. Lenny, who was put on trial in 1964 for his obscene methods of social critique and satire, was forced into bankruptcy, and died from morphine overdose in 1966. Known for his performances to be at their best when he was at his worst, by the time he passed, he had been blacklisted by nearly every nightclub in the United States. On December 23, 2003, 37 years after his death, New York Governor George Pataki, granted Lenny Bruce a posthumous pardon for his obscenity conviction.
(Bottom Left) The third album released by Richard Pryor, “That Nigger’s Crazy” was recorded live at Don Cornelius’ Soul Train nightclub in 1974. It won him a Grammy for Best Comedy Album and maintained a spot at #1 on Billboard music charts for four weeks.
(Top Right) Brother Dave Gardner, Kick Thy Own Self, released in 1960 on RCA, after being discovered by Chet Atkins. Gardner was known for his “beatnik” style comedy and one-liner zings… “folks used to pray to God for rain, and now they call Washington,”, “Say, a Democrat is somebody who expects somethin’ fer nothin’, and a Republican is somebody who expects nothin’ fer somethin’, an’ a Independent is a cat that greases his own car,” and “If I were bound by either party, well then, I might ferget America,”
(Bottom Right) A spin off from National Lampoon Magazine, “That’s Not Funny That’s Sick!” was released in 1977 on vinyl and is a collection of sketches from National Lampoon Radio Hour running Nov. 17, 1973 to Dec. 28, 1974. Performers include Richard Belzer, Christopher Guest, Bill Murray, Mel Brooks, and Paul Shaffer.
(Bottom Left) (A Beginning) : Released in 1972 on Fly Records after the successful release of Electric Warrior in 1971. This is a compilation double album containing the albums My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair… But Now They’re Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows and Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels of the Ages.
(Top Right) The Slider : This was the seventh studio release, second in glam rock style and was released in 1972. One of the most popular T. Rex albums then and now, its famous for its two hit singles, “Telegram Sam” and “Metal Guru”. This is an incredibly rare promo copy, in excellent condition.
(Bottom Right) A Beard of Stars : Fourth studio album release, comprising Marc Bolan on vocals, guitar, organ and bass and the first release with new partner Mickey Finn (percussion). Released in 1970, it is the first album with electric guitars. This is a SUPER MINT gate fold cover, still in the original shrink! Very rare in the U.S.
In honor of Record Store Day, Cloud 8 Records will be taking 20% off ALL of its music inventory at the store, April 20th and 21st. Bucks (owner of Cloud 8) will be hanging out all day (both days) giving out sweet deals, even some freebies! So when you are done chasing down deals all over town on new release vinyl, come by and pick out your old favorites at Dolly!
(LEFT) A fabulous, super obscure, collectors album; Nudie & His Mandolin is an original pressing from the famed western Tailor & creator of the “Nudie Suit”, worn by Hollywood and Nashville stars alike. The inside booklet contains dozens of pictures of Nudie and his celebrity friends. The inside cover includes autographs by Nudie and Guy Madison. Record is in good condition, minor wear on cover.
(RIGHT) An album recorded by chance on December 18th 1969: Buddy and The Juniors is a raw, informal, acoustic session consisting of Chicago’s greatest blues artists; Buddy Guy, Junior Mance, and Junior Wells. The impromptu recording was done in one day, followed by one day of mixing in the studio, and later released on the Blue Thumb label in 1970. Its creation began a long feud with Guy’s label at the time, Vanguard. After they refused to pay for his flight to New York to mix an album he’d already cut with Junior Mance and Gary Bartz, Guy responded by teaming up with “the Juniors” and Blue Thumb boss, Bob Krasnow, to produce this gritty, must have album for blues lovers. This marble colored vinyl is in great condition, with minimal ware on cover.
Once again, we owe thanks to Monk Records. This Italian label has been spitting out represses of some of the best early American Blues artists for years, including Blind Blake. This sealed copy includes 18 phenomenal tracks, an absolute gem.
Recorded originally for release on Warner Bro. Records, these early 1940′s recordings have been released on Moses Asch Folkways Records. There are 10 tracks in total, all songs written by Woody Guthrie. Both the record and cover are in excellent condition. Recorded during the late 50′s as the American Folk music revival was just getting underway, Odetta and The Blues was released in 1962. All of the songs are classic, including covers of Bessie Smith’s “Weeping Willow” and “Nobody Knows You”. The cover has slight ware on the front, with all corners and edges in good shape. The record is in great condition.
“Live at the Garden”, this 12 track vinyl is a great dance compilation featuring James Brown & The Famous Flames,with hits like “Night Train” and “Hold It”. Other noteables include The Wobblers, Herb Hardesty, Henry Moore, Clifford Scott, and Hank Marr.
Released in 1978 on Warner Bros., Funkadelic’s, ”One Nation Under A Groove”. The inside sleeve artwork is as entertaining as the record itself, including comedic rants like, The Funkadelic DooDoo Awards: “George Puke, Rolling Drones, Donna Bummer, Backstab Dismanagement, Ted Nuisance, Pee Gees, Poot & Fire and those responsible for “Thank Dogs, Its Friday”.
Its Ken Nordine! Instead of giving my two cents…I’ll just quote Ken on himself. ”Imagine the imagination as a jazz instrument wailing words, verbal riffs that swing from images to ideas to images……It’s also out loud daydreaming that may be of interest to psychiatrists, amateur, or otherwise…..”
If you love King Crimson, you need this 5 track vinyl with Robert Fripp on guitar and Brian Eno on synth. Released in 1975, the cover is a reproduction of a painting by Peter Schmidt titled, (no surprise here) Evening Star.
David Byrne direced and wrote the movie, True Stories. While this is not the actual soundtrack to the movie, (in which most of the songs are sung by the actors), this album contains Talking Heads’ versions of the songs from the film. Released in 1986.