The Joup Friday Album: Nektar – Remember the Future

nektar remember-the-futureThis edition of the Joup Friday Album is going to be short and sweet because I am sick as f&$k and want nothing more than to hop back into my bed and go back to catching up on about three months of comics (four in some cases) that I’ve been too busy to read since, well, since about three or four months ago.

A few weeks ago I signed up for the free, three-month trial of Apple Music. It only took me about thirty seconds to realize that if I have my druthers I will never not have the service again. My initial reservations were, as a child of the late 70s/early 80s, curmudgeonous to a degree and in spite of the fact that in less than a month Apple Music has become the single most important app/service/whatever in my life, I still feel a skosh uneasy about relegating music to the status of a service. I mean, will having everything I could want to listen to a few swipes away reduce music to a lesser stature in my life, where for most of my forty-one years I have held it in the highest regard?

No, I do not think so.

What I find so amazing about Apple Music is that I now have the ability to look up and download anything I want – and they have most anything; Apple passed my “In Slaughter Natives Test” with flying colours – on the spot, so that when something occurs to me I can listen to or acquire it right then and there. Sure, if I cancel it goes away, but as I said earlier I can’t imagine cancelling it, and even if I did I can always just go acquire hard or digital copies of what I lose elsewhere. And in the three weeks I’ve had it I’ve checked SO many boxes off my ‘research this band’ list, not to mention the “check out their other albums” or ‘replace after Divorce’ ones as well. Did you know there’s an AWESOME live album from Ministry’s With Sympathy-era? There is, Toronto 1986. What about a version of the Butthole Surfer’s seminal album Rembrandt Pussyhorse that includes the rare-as-fuck Cream Corn From the Socket of Davis EP? Me either.

Okay, so AM is great for research and filling in historical gaps on artists you know, but what hidden gems? What new music – even made long ago – have I fallen in love with? Well, that’s the point of this supposedly short piece. A few days ago my older cousin Jim posted a picture of his original vinyl pressing of Nektar’s Remember the Future. The album cover caught my eye right away, and Nektar was a name a vaguely remembered seeing somewhere in the murky aethers of the past. But I knew nothing. And as I still had to remind myself at the time, I could literally click off the picture Jim had posted, open iTunes and download the album on the spot. So that’s just what I did. And it’s awesome, every bit as grandiose as the album cover – a quintessential 70s fantasy epic at a glance – makes it out to be.

It’d be easy to dismiss Remember the Future as “70s prog” but that’s just shorthand and not really indicative of anything about the album other than the fact that stylistically it deftly weaves in and out of almost everything going on in music at the time, and that the musicians involved are more interested in composing than writing songs. And it shows – the deluxe is packed with extra tracks but the original album – which this fine gentleman on youtube has ripped from the original vinyl pressing and posted for us to enjoy – is just two long tracks, Remember the Future, Parts 1 & 2. So sit back, lit up or crack one open and enjoy a trip into the Future of the Past.

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Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

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