Date: 04-13-12 14:15
I did that a lot in college. I ordered from the Subterranean mail-order catalog this way.
Clubfoot Orchestra - okay
Minimal Man - I remember going back and forth on this one, I finally broke down and got it on the third order. It wasn't that great but then I went ahead and ordered a single by them (because it was described as 'rockin') and it was great.
Code of Honor - generic SoCal punk - don't know why I decided on that one.
MDC - again I don't why I ordered it
Tuxedomoon - A Thousand Lives By Picture - great, great album. I didn't realize until later that it was a compilation.
Verbal Abuse - the only reason I got it was that it was described as having an awesome cover of 'Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting' and it did! Rest of the album, not so good.
Stikky - one listen was enough
Tragic Mulatto - this album was a 12 inch that played at 45rpm. I didn't know that at first so it played really slow. I didn't know the difference.
DOA - Let's Wreck the Party - Another one I wavered one, I liked the title and now I'm glad I went for it - great album.
The Longshoremen - I bought two albums by these poet punks. I don't know what possessed me to buy two. I'm sure I figured I would be able to use it to impress some girls. Didn't work.
Subterranean was a great label and also to order from. On one particular order, the aformentioned MDC album was out of stock, so they threw in a bonus record and said they would send it to me when they got more. I figured oh well, I'll never hear from them again. But sure, enough I got it a couple of weeks later.
At that time I would buy most anything that wasn't played on the radio (college was a great time for me and music) and would trek on down to Tower Records when I was home on break and load up on whatever was recommended:
Bad Brains - I Against I (easily the best purchase I made this way)
Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain and the second one
Thelonious Monster - I couldn't pass up an album called "Baby, You're Bumming Out My Life in a Supreme Fashion" Unfortunately, the title was the best thing about it.
and many more.
The sad thing is that now that I have more disposable income, I'm also more particular to what I buy and don't seem to be so willing to take a chance on unknown stuff.