scat records

The almost complete discography of the Mice, a loved but little known mid-80s punky power-pop trio from Cleveland, containing their one EP, For Almost Ever, and one LP, Scooter. I like to pull this out every couple years and try to enjoy it more than I did the last time, and after a couple days of listening on the drive to and from work, some of the better songs are starting to stick.

A thoroughly excellent compilation of most of Nothing Painted Blue’s 7-inch singles, EPs, compilation appearances, etc. I collected much of this material on vinyl (via eBay) before getting this CD, not really knowing what was and wasn’t on it. The first Nothing Painted Blue song I ever heard was a radio broadcast version of “Complications” on a 1995 Scat Records promo / sampler cassette. The info on the J-card pronounced the track as appearing on the band’s forthcoming / as-yet-untitled singles etc. anthology CD, but it ended up not making the cut, which is kind of a minor tragedy. There are a handful of other compilation tracks from the period represented not collected here (and, of course, others from after this CD came out), of which I’ve managed to collect some, but not all.