On Saturday, April 24, 1999 at 3:00:00 AM UTC-4, AIRP0RTMAN wrote:
> Has anybody heard this album? Is it any good?
I was there, I bought Metal Machine Music the day it hit the local stores. Here is my story.
It begins in August 1975, those were different times. Here's the setting that led up to MMM and the fued that it began between me and the local record shop.
"I have been reminiscing about old Columbus. We want to know each and every store and eating establishment that was ever in Columbus Square Mall - even from the beginning in 1965. I have researched and Googled but do not have all the answers. Help us out!"
B. Dalton Bookseller, at the front entrance for a long time, great book selection. O'Connlel's Coins & Novelties, Dr. Jive's Record City, another bookstore right next to Jive, great food at Harvest House, seems like there was a bank at the front entrance for a while? Camelot Music was a good one, Funtown Junction where the Sweathogs skipped school.
Harvest House was excellent. Also, someone mentioned Flip Side Records being at Columbus Square, which I don't remember. The only one I ever knew of was at Traffic Circle, right? Maybe the person was thinking of Dr. Jive's Music City, whic was inside the mall, a few shops out from JC Penny's. I don't remember a Morrison's at Columbus Square... where was it? There was good eating to be had at the mall in those early days, though... Harvest House, the Woolworth's lunch counter, and even Walgreen's had a diner at one time. I remember the Morrison's over at Cross Country Plaza but not one at Columbus Square..? I remember the grocery store on the outside of the mall, kind of dimly. Funtown Junction was the Columbus Square arcade, at least in the 1970s. The Carver High Sweathogs skipped school there, hello Ricky Greer! Diamond Jim's was at Peachtree Mall. Columbus Square Card and Book Shop was near Penney's entrance., that was the book store next to Dr. Jive's Record City I was trying to remember! And B. Dalton's Bookseller later years at the main entrance, I think that became a Wendy's? There's still a Taco Casa in Panama City, maybe someone will bring it back here one day!
"Sam Nunn is tough, Sam Nunn is young, put Sam Nunn in Washington!" as his campaign jingle went.
Flip Side was the go-to place for getting music I had read about in the rock magazines & needed to study. The lovely lady there special ordered Elliott Murphy's "Aquashow" album for me, a record that in 40 years I still have only seen in stores like 3-4 times at the most since. Ricky Greer, where did you buy your Mott the Hoople albums? Got mine at Flip Side, right off the shelf they had them!
Sound Shop! Thank you Paul Freeman Jr. I have been trying to remember the names of those bums for years. In August 1975 I bought Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music out of there, brand new, because I was really getting into his Rock-N-Roll Animal album of the year before, which was and is truly classic r-n-r. Took MMM home and played side one. It was literally nothing but masses of guitar feedback shreeching, and gave me an incredible headache, I even got a slight pain just now remembering it. Took it back for a refund, pretty angry, and the smug clerk refused. The record is now considered, like Yoko Ono, to be great art & I'm glad I have the copy now, but I hated that store so much I boycotted it, & was happy to see them go under not long after that. True story!
I may still be pondering on the name of this ill-fated record shop, since the one I had the problem with was in the mall as of August 1975 (the month Metal Machine Music came out) and not long afterwards. This shop was located at the side entrance that came in beside the outside of Penny's, led to the entrance of Penny's. This place would be long gone by the 1980s. Camelot Music was already in the mall and would be there for years to come. The place you may be talking about was down by the Sears side, next to Spencers in the 1980s-90s?
Sound Shop was on the left hand side inside the mall as you would come out of Penney's... It might have even been one door down from that first store front but I am almost 100% positive Sound Shop was just outside Penney's on the left. Exactly where the record store I described was at, Paul Freeman Jr.- hard to believe that the same store I remember from August 1975 would have remained in business into the 1980s, though. Eitherthe Sound Shop did survive and I just put them out of my mind as part of my one-man boycott, or another shop may have opened there. 1975-1985 is only 10 years, after all... which seemed like a lifetime back then when I was a mere child.
I remember the Tapes-N-Things shop well also, although I usually found more of the records I wanted at Flip Side.
Cross Country Plaza had a nice feel when I was a kid, White's Book Store on the corner, then on down to Baskin Robbins for the tiny spoon of "Flavor of the day" sample, then on around to the Hickory Farms where they would give a little piece of the fantastic maple fudge to passing kids. Into W.T. Grants next to check out the latest in the toy world, and wonder about far-away Christmas morning. Great record and tape section at Grant's also. This was the tour made when my mother and grandmother were doing their thing in the dress shops or whatever.
And... so it went.