Alley Finds


My obsession. It was real.

In 1996, The B-52s frontman Fred Schneider put out a solo album, Just… Fred.

In the years since, finding this album – out of print, I am sure – has been a minor obsession. As buying Just… Fred on Ebay or paying full price would clearly be considered cheating, my obsession has been relegated to infrequent stops in used CD and record shops for years.

And then I saw … this. Strewn in a pile of CDs and other random moving-day detritus in the alley. Flashbacks to the wicked-awesome “Sugar in my Hog” (featuring Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet) and staccato-creepy cover of Harry Nilsson’s “Coconut” surged through the stuck-in-the-90s college radio station in my brain (and past – I used to DJ). Why would someone get rid of Just… Fred? Who cares, because today he is just mine!

Now I can focus on replicating Kate Pierson’s hairdid.

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