It’s month 5 of the HMO Challenge and I only had a paltry £40 budget to spend. May was a long month. Consequently, I had to be pretty particular about what I bought. I tried to satisfy my musical moods rather than any collector’s impulses or band loyalty!
Hawkwind – Warrior on the Edge of Time (2CD/DVD) (£15 – Amazon)
The long-awaited, official reissue of the final album Hawkwind recorded with Lemmy. I really wanted this to complete my collection of Hawkwind studio albums from that period. It also has bonus tracks, Steve Wilson mixes etc… but as I’ve only had this for a few days I’ve not fully explored all the extra bits and bobs. The main album is great though.
The Stranglers – The Old Testament (UA Studio Recordings 77-82) (5CD) (£12 – Amazon)
I’d been looking for more albums from these guys so this £12 box set plugs all number of gaps rather cheaply and was hard to resist. Covers all the studio albums from their peak era and there’s some rarities thrown in too. I’ve only had this for a week and I’ve been listening to it a lot.
The Meads of Asphodel/Mayhem – Jihad/Freezing Moon (split) (£7 – Amazon Marketplace)
My very first split! I was interested in The Meads of Asphodel but bought this CD primarily for the rare Mayhem tracks. The 2 Mayhem songs here (Carnage and Freezing Moon) are the only studio tracks recorded by a very early version of the band with Per “Dead” Ohlin on vocals. The version of Freezing Moon, in particular, is essential and sounds like Black Metal personified.
The happy bonus here is that The Meads of Asphodel’s Jihad is every bit as excellent, albeit in a different way. A bonkers mix of Venom, Hawkwind, Techno and Middle Eastern music with plenty of dramatic samples of tanks, fighter jets, explosions, Woody Guthrie and various narrative voiceovers (“I didn’t come to bring peace, I came to bring a sword”). It’s possibly my favourite thing I’ve heard all year so far.
And that’s the lot this month. Not only did I manage to only spend £34 (£6 under budge t and the cheapest month of the challenge so far!) but I still have 9 discs of music to enjoy and managed to find a future all-timer in Jihad too. I also went 3 WHOLE WEEKS without buying any music which is the longest I’ve went without buying music for some time!
MAY 2013 TOTALS
Amount spent on purchases: £34
Amount budgeted: £40
Amount over/under budget: £6 Under!
HMO CHALLENGE 2013 TOTALS
Amount spent on purchases: £339
Amount budgeted: £300
Amount over/under budget: £39 Over