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Top Albums of the 1980s, Scratch 'n Sniff Stickers. Package #1

Package #2
Package #10
All the Rest of the Packages.

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posted by Potomac Avenue (26 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh, man... Frank Chickens! I saw them live at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge.

But when I think "scratch 'n sniff" and "1980's", my thoughts immediately go to the movie "Polyester", which came with a scratch 'n sniff card for the audience members because it was in SMELL O RAMA.
posted by rmd1023 at 6:58 AM on October 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dolmen Music, eh? Fantastic!!
posted by TinWhistle at 7:11 AM on October 18, 2012


I wonder what SWANS - Children of God smells like.



But not enough to actually sniff it. Probably basements and burning flesh.
posted by louche mustachio at 7:13 AM on October 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


I have no idea what a Boredoms-scented scratch-and-sniff sticker would smell like, but probably some combination of incense, beer-drenched vomit, and more than a hint of magic smoke.
posted by namewithoutwords at 7:13 AM on October 18, 2012


IT SMELLS LIKE A STICKER
posted by louche mustachio at 7:14 AM on October 18, 2012


Give this sticker to Kate Bush. Or try to. She’ll probably hand it back a second later and it will now be a glowing butterfly and also the reincarnation of Eleanor Roosevelt. You can’t make it that. You are not Kate Bush. Sorry!

This made me laugh. I am now picturing Kate Bush and Björk handing a sticker back and forth between them, making it change into different things. I may actually spend the rest of the day picturing this.
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:21 AM on October 18, 2012 [7 favorites]


I'd love to get some reaction shots of someone smelling the sticker for a GG Allin album.

you know, I mention the guy way too often here, considering I'm not even close to being a fan.
posted by item at 7:23 AM on October 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


Oh great, now my screen is all scratched up. Seriously, though, the captions remind me of Rob Breszny's Free Will Astrology. Same kind of random silliness. Also, no way is Lizzy Mercier better than Talk Talk.
posted by scratch at 7:25 AM on October 18, 2012


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posted by not_on_display at 7:29 AM on October 18, 2012


SPOILER ALERT

01. Lizzy Mercier Descloux:?!?!

Who the hell is Lizzy Mercier Descloux?

This list actually smells just right. The best 80s music is always something you've never heard of, so painfully out of touch was the biz, the culture, the zeitgeist.
posted by philip-random at 7:37 AM on October 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Smell the Glove?? how could they not?
posted by jfuller at 7:40 AM on October 18, 2012


Oh great, now my screen is all scratched up.
posted by scratch at 7:25 AM on October 18 [+] [!]


Eponysterical?
posted by phl at 7:52 AM on October 18, 2012


Who the hell is Lizzy Mercier Descloux?

Here you go.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:14 AM on October 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


Man, I could really go for a few This Heat scratch 'n' sniffs right about now.
posted by porn in the woods at 8:38 AM on October 18, 2012


You don't own a Klaus Nomi sticker (and it's not one of your little toys) but I imagine it'd smell of pastry, plastic, and greasepaint.
posted by 5ean at 8:42 AM on October 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


That's a really great list of eighties albums. I have, or at least know, most of the ones on this list and have forgotten a lot of them so was great to be reminded. Little too much industrial noise for me (Coil, Chris and Cosey, Nurse with wound and the Swans?) but otherwise the only one I'd personally take issue with is the Fuzzbox album which is godawful, a scientifically proveable fact.
posted by ciderwoman at 8:44 AM on October 18, 2012


ciderwoman: I dated a guy who ran the Fuzzbox online discography and generally thought they were the greatest thing since Oreos. I feel like there's a joke here, but I can't figure out what it is...
posted by pxe2000 at 9:20 AM on October 18, 2012


The one I most want to smell is the Close Lobsters. The one I least want to smell is Smegma.
posted by Mael Oui at 9:31 AM on October 18, 2012


It's a fun list. Few of them would make my actual Top 100 but I owned most of them on vinyl or cassette at one point or another. Lots of records I would consider important for a well-rounded selection of '80s Western avant-pop and its in-laws.
posted by mykescipark at 9:35 AM on October 18, 2012


This list is missing Lolita Nation.

NO ONE TWISTING HIS ARM
posted by pxe2000 at 9:40 AM on October 18, 2012


pxe2000, their first single was great, a proper punk rock carefree slice of noise, but everything after that was just meh, until the last album which was actually abhorrent. I share your bewilderment.
posted by ciderwoman at 9:57 AM on October 18, 2012


I have an original 1978 pressing of The Akron Compilation. Scratch the appropriate spot on the cover and you can smell Akron.
posted by charlie don't surf at 10:34 AM on October 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


The funny thing is that for many of those albums I may not have know at all what they sounded like, but I recognized the cover from flipping past them dozens of times in a thousand different used record bins.
posted by benito.strauss at 10:43 AM on October 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


Scratch the appropriate spot on the cover and you can smell Akron.

Rubber and Mothersbaughs?
posted by Sys Rq at 11:01 PM on October 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Rubber and industrial solvents. I wonder if there is any scent left in the scratch n sniff after almost 35 years. I will have to open up my old boxes of vinyl records someday and find it.
posted by charlie don't surf at 7:57 PM on October 19, 2012


The album cover featured a scratch & sniff rubber tyre in the right-hand corner, and believe it or not, three decades later my copy still smells faintly of rubber when I rub a fingernail over it.
posted by mykescipark at 9:22 PM on October 19, 2012


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