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Obsessions 1: Lowrider Compilations

Obsessions 1: Lowrider Compilations

Playing tracks by

Little Anthony &The Imperials, The Main Ingredient, Barbara Lynn, The Chi-Lites, The Dramatics and more.

Walk into any AMPM in LA and you’ll find a dusty rack of lazily curated collections meant to briefly satiate the impulsive wanderer. Yet, a prime slice of alternative Americana also adorns the spaces between post-Dennis Beach Boys anthologies and oblivious CSNY tape dubs. Lowrider compilations have always carried out an amorphous-to-most mission, one of bringing together highlights of backyard family BBQs, Sundays spent within the gentle and genteel hands of Art Laboe (“Muah!”), and midnight diner rendezvous where reservations are made as an excuse to jus’ cruz. To the outsider, it’s only a mix of ballads and Boomers. But, for the dedicated, this is life; wonderful memories and feelings encapsulated perfectly in three minute stretches. These are anthropological goldmines of first dances, first kisses, first loves, and first heartbreaks. In SoCal, the essence of existence is found beyond the endcap for Doritos; an incongruous place for locating bygone fantasies and self-actualization.

Comments

Krackz Ku
Krackz Ku

classic selection

Marcus Kästner

Harsh.

Ian Chainey

Richard Fields was a weird dude. I like it just for that. (His other hit, Papers, is equally as strange). Regardless, he ends up getting sampled by Snoop twenty years later.

Marcus Kästner

The lyrics of "If It Ain't One Thing, It's Another" are some of the weirdest shit I've come across in a while. Great mix anyway :-)

Bobby Is Not In Right Now

Yes, indeed. I needed this. (Surely I am not the only one who thinks of Sinbad when I hear song #1).

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It's just dusty in here, man. No big deal. (Thanks for this.)

Ian Chainey

This mix takes highlights from the Lowrider: Crusin’ Chrome series from Thump!, ripped to preserve the absolute dog shit sound quality that pervades most of these comps. Kind of like listening to tunes in a gutted Caddie. I, strangely, abide.