that I got a machine that could handle downloading mp3s en masse, but now that I have enough space on my HD I’ve had some funny surprises. I’ve been tending to look for stuff I had on vinyl back in the day. Today I made a great find – and old song called Ici les enfants by a relatively obscure band whose most interesting recordings were done in the late 70s/early 80s, the Monochrome Set.
At the time their albums were near-impossible to find, at least on this side of the Atlantic. It meant going to a good shop, first of all, which was relatively hard to find in Ottawa (I shopped at Shake Records for years; now Pete Besserer owns the Black Tomato restaurant in Ottawa and sells records there as well), and second it meant shelling out for an import.Subsequently, it turns out, the band stayed active for many many years – but in 1982, it meant one record, seen but once in any store.