October 29th, 2008

Hit a thrift store with my friends last weekend. In the stacks of wax filled with lots of polka (remember: I’m in Ohio), soundtracks to 1960’s movies, Herb Alpert albums (temping) and Sesame Street records (also tempting), I found something that I never thought that I’d find in a million years:

Roxanne Shante’s first single? I don’t even have a turntable these days (YET) but there’s no way in hell that I’d pass up something like that. Since I have the luck of a wet turd, I’m guessing it’s a reprint even though the date says 1984.

One of my friends there hadn’t heard of the whole Roxanne thing because she’s too young. It wasn’t until I tried to explain it that I realized how damn insane it all was. Hell, it sounds even more insane after reading more about it and finding out that something between 30 (most likely) and 100 (only rumored) Roxanne-related songs came out. It was so big that even Wikipedia refers to it as the Roxanne Wars. Instead of trying to explain it, I’ll pass the peas to Fat Lace Magazine which has an entire series of posts dedicated to the whole thing.

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