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Mammal Insect Marriage

(Ludwig Van Ear) LP $30.00

The lyrics of the opening track of this 1983 album by Jay Tiller and Neil Socol “immediately make it clear you’ve checked into a real hellhouse of collegiate weasel weirdness: ‘I saw a car accident near the zoo / There were mangled bodies all over / I felt sick, but I found a finger / I still have it in my freezer.’ In total, fourteen warped and funny B-movie haikus. Brilliant and extraordinary.” From 1983. Sealed

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The Day The Music Died

(It's Only A Record Records) Used LP $6.00

After a slow start with the instrumental title track, this 1985 album revs into high gear with “We’ll Go Through the Windshield Together,” a romantic tale of vehicular homicide (complete with sound effects) told from the victim’s perspective. Other highlights include the pessimistic “Life’s Rough,” a feedback-filled mantra that recasts an old 7-Up slogan (“You Hate It, It Hates You”) and Socol’s “Curtains for You,” in which the protagonist makes a major educational discovery: “I hate Shakespeare / He’s too hard to read / I wish he were dead / Oh, he is?”