Bob Blank “The Blank Generation — Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985”

So this is some sort of disco/new-wave-era compilation from the late ’70s and early ’80s. It’s the stuff my otherwise cool uncle was listening to in high school and college.
Bob Blank is actually pretty famous in his circles and rightfully so. New York City is better for having him, and it seems that anyone from that era who knows or worked with him deserves your respect.
This retrospective is 13 tracks that he must have produced or something. I don’t know. But Gladys Knight is here with “It’s a Better Than Good Time,” which is a great name for a song from that era. And Lydia Lunch, who I can’t stand but have a lot of respect for, gives us “A Cruise to the Moon.” Those are the two best on this record. (It’s nice not to be ironic when I refer to the album as a record.)
Debby Blackwell has a great hot pants kind of song with “Once You Got Me Going.” I’m going, I’m going. The mid-2000s-era Beatmania disco songs were inspired by this track, surely.
“Crystalized” by Milton Hamilton could be about cocaine. I mean, it’s the right era and location, yeah? They even sing about ecstasy, but the concept, I believe. So who cares that they spell it wrong?

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