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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:14 AM

Memories of Napster...

While backing up some files from an old hard drive recently, I came across some mp3 files I had downloaded off Napster back in the day. Since they were all timestamped, it was amusing to look at them in chronological order.

I embarked on my life of crime by downloading music I already owned on 45's or LP's, and which I couldn't find on CD anywhere. I justified these act of profound villainy to my then unhardened conscience by reminding it that I had already paid for the rights to listen to that music, and weren't the record companies telling us it was all about rights and not physical property?

I still recall the thrill of finding these, often poorly transcoded, songs through my 56Kb dial-up connection to the internet. It's almost as much fun to see these filenames and timestamps now as finding them itself was back then. It's like looking at diary entries.

On August 6, 2000, I must have risen early because at 6:20 AM, I downloaded the Sparks' "This Town Aint Big Enough for the Both of US":



Later that day, I picked up "I'd Rather Go Blind" by Chicken Shack.



And then Slade's "Look wot you dun":



At the end of the day (10:37 PM), by now thoroughly steeped in sin and bound for perdition, I finally picked up Queen's "Killer Queen", which I easily could have bought legitimately, but I told myself that I already owned it on a scratchy LP after all, so why did I have to? Ah, the road to Hell and all that:



All music from the early seventies, which must have been where my head was that day in August, 2000. Those were good times -- both of them.


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Response to Ron Obvious (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:56 AM

1. that was a Sunday morning

maybe you were getting ready for church, or maybe you were still up from the night before.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 04:04 PM

2. Come to think of it, it was probably Sunday afternoon.

When I downloaded those songs I was in the Pacific Time Zone, whereas I'm in the Western European one now, 9 hours ahead. So 6:20 in the morning would 15:20, or 3:20 PM. That makes much more sense.

I'm pretty sure that day wasn't the one occasion in my life I went to church

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Response to Ron Obvious (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 04:11 PM

3. Ugly sods, those Slade boys! n/t

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Response to PasadenaTrudy (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:16 AM

4. Being an ugly bugger was no barrier to success in those days.

Being an ugly bugger was no barrier to success in those days; in fact, it was probably a requirement.

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:49 PM

6. So true, lol! n/t

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Response to Ron Obvious (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:32 AM

5. The Plain Dealer came out and did a story about downloading music...

Papa Napster is what they called me. I was on the front page of the Sunday Arts page.

It was a hoot.

I would have killed for that much exposure when I was running for office.

Oh well, the kids at the coffee shop gave me a standing ovation when I came in to get my Sunday Depth Charge...

I still have a shit load of songs that I enjoyed in all my stages of life up until then.

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