What kind of heaven do you want?
Slumberland Records began in Silver Spring, MD in 1989 as collected group of folks from like-minded DC-area bands. Mike Schulman eventually moved the label to California in 1992, but it still makes me proud to say it all began here, in Maryland. I was too young to appreciate it in the 90s, so I don't feel particularly qualified to ramble on and on about the history, since I myself have only learned it all from secondary sources. So, if you wanna know a bit more, ready some stuff on wikipedia
I got an idea the other day to compile some of my favorite musical moments from Slumberland's history, in hopes of, well, I don't know. I guess I just hope that maybe someone will hear something they've never heard, and maybe they'll fall in love with it forever. That's a good feeling, and if I can share it with just one other person, I'd be happy. I've decided to break it up by five year increments, and I'm starting with 1990 - 1995 – which are, quite possibly, the best five years of Slumberland's discography.
The tracklist runs in no particular order, just in a way that I felt flowed the best. It begans with The Roper's amazing "Revolver" – which carries with it a chorus that's sure to not leave your head for days and days – and ends on Jane Pow's first single, "Warm Room" – an absolutely beautiful and perfect closer. I guess I should also note that there are two Lorelei tracks. This is not only because they are both fantastic, but also because between their first two records, they basically turned into a totally different band. Please enjoy! and long live Slumberland!
01. The Ropers :: Revolver
02. Velocity Girl :: Forgotten Favorite
03. Swirlies :: Didn't Understand
04. Honeybunch :: Mine Your Own Business
05. Go Sailor :: Long Distance
06. Whorl :: Maybe It's Better
07. Henry's Dress :: (You're My) Radio One
08. Black Tambourine :: Black Car
09. The Softies :: You Don't Like Me Anymore
10. Lorelei :: Everything's Gone Rain
11. Rocketship :: Your New Boyfriend
12. Lilys :: February Fourteenth
13. Lorelei :: Mostly I Sleep
14. Sleepyhead :: Different Colored Letters
15. Glo-Worm :: Beyond the Sea
16. Boyracer :: Tested
17. The Earthmen ::Cool Chick 59
18. Jane Pow :: Warm RoomDOWNLOAD IT!
[.zip, 18 MP3s, 125mb]
Now, remember these are just my
favorites. Maybe you have some different favorites? Or maybe some Slumberland memories, or stories? If you do, I'd love to hear about them in the comments :)