Bookended by Cats was named after Milo and Otis. They are the short, orange, and furry brothers who, upon entering our lives in 2003, often bookended us on our couch. And who are we? We're a geek couple living in PA. We love music, movies, TV, comics, books, and comic cons. And, from time to time, we'll share our thoughts on these nerdy things.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday 80s Flashback for December 23, 2016

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[The Friday Before Christmas] -- Yesterday was the Friday before Christmas, a huge traveling day. (I should know, I had to wait a short eternity at Philly International for my shuttle). Many people are traveling to see their families (in fact, many already have begun their journeys), and many others need to travel for work, even during this holiday. So, I thought I'd reprise some traveling music I originally posted on December 21, 2012. If you want to know what songs are in this holiday collection, just read and hear more after the break.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday 80s Flashback for December 16, 2016

[Living All Over] -- I'm doing just a quick post this weekend. But in keeping with my all-to-infrequent theme, I'm looking at this week in 80s music history. And I'm doing that by highlighting an album that was released this week in 1987: You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr.

Released on December 14, 1987, through SST Records, You're Living All Over Me was Dinosaur Jr.'s second studio album. Dinosaur Jr. was still known as simply Dinosaur when the album was first released, but a lawsuit forced the band to change their name. Shortly thereafter, SST recalled the album and re-released it with attribution to the newly minted Dinosaur Jr. What the album lacked in sales was more than made up for in terms of its legacy. It is considered a classic of the indie and alternative genres, and it also has a place in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (revised and updated edition, 2010). This album isn't big on singles, so how about I just embed a video that has the album's full audio? Yes, let's do just that!


Little Fury Things 00:00
Kracked 03:07
Sludgefeast 05:58
The Lung 11:15
Raisans 15:06
Tarpit 18:57
In a Jar 23:33
Lose 27:02
Poledo 30:13
Just Like Heaven 35:56

That's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

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I'll see you in seven!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday 80s Flashback for December 9, 2016

[That Was Unusual] -- In October of 1983, Cyndi Lauper released her debut album, She's So Unusual. Since then, Cyndi has become something of an icon for freaks, weirdos, and anyone who just wants to have fun. But just over a year later, on December 8, 1984, Lauper earned her place in music history. It was this week, 32 years ago, that Lauper's fourth single, "All Through the Night," entered the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. That is a feat in and of itself, of course. But the cool thing for for Lauper is that her previous three songs also charted well, with each one breaking into the top five. This made her the first woman in the 26-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have four singles from the same album make it into the top five!

You can read more about that Lauper's record and that moment in the previous link. So, for the rest of this week's Flashback, let's just enjoy the music videos. You can see them after the jump!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday 80s Flashback for December 2, 2016

[Saccharin is Coming] -- As much as I love 80s music, I can admit that the decade was home to just as much schlock as any other. In fact, the 80s might have more than their fair share of sickeningly sweet -- or maudlin -- songs due to the rise of electronic tools that enabled the talentless to brush shoulders with the much more talented. Hell, it even brought some very talented bands down a notch, as we'll soon see. And this week in 1988 (12/3/1988), three songs of this ilk ruled the Billboard Hot 100. If there was a high school holding a winter dance at all 28 years ago this month, these songs were more than likely to be rotation, assuming it was a DJ'd event. Now, as much as I want you to revisit these songs with me, I feel I must warn you: Any of these tunes could be an ear worm. Your very sanity could be at risk. But, accepting the shadow of our collective past helps us learn and grow. So, if you're ready to recall these chart toppers, read and hear more after the jump.