Comments: A band you've never heard of and CDs you'll never be able to find

Are you sure it was the tight harmonies that gave the original releases that extra "magic"? I'm guessing it was really just the thrill of shoplifting that made the difference. Of course, to test this theory we would need a control group consisting of one individual who is exactly like you in every respect, except that he acquired the tapes legally. (And I bet there's grant money out there somewhere for such a study, too.)

Posted by Jonathan Caws-Elwitt at April 18, 2005 07:20 PM

Believe me, there's plenty of tapes I shoplifted that haven't aged as well.

Posted by Francis at April 18, 2005 07:25 PM

Hey, I bought "Three Squares and a Roof" quite legally, but lost it in Pensacola like 15 years ago and still miss it. Where do you find online used-CD stores?

Posted by Marc at April 18, 2005 08:14 PM

Well, I buy a lot of CDs from (where I found "Curtains" for $4.99), but I found "Three Squares and a Roof" by searching on Froogle. When my CD arrives, I'd be happy to send you a zipped file of the MP3s if you like -- you did buy it once already, after all.

Posted by Francis at April 18, 2005 09:56 PM

By chance, I heard them at Black Mountain College (long after it had gone under, but someone was trying to revive it). They sang a song called "There's a TV Guide in the Olduvai Gorge," and even though I only heard it that once, I still remember it vividly fifteen years later. Really catchy.

Posted by Dean at April 18, 2005 11:17 PM

Hey Francis:

Simon from MysteryPop here. E-me at

Posted by Simon at June 4, 2005 02:40 PM