Finally, a record that answers the age-old question: What would Lou Reed have sounded like if he had never left his parents’ Long Island home and just made private press LPs of oddball funk rock? Don’t pretend like you haven’t thought about it. Rich Ristagno’s What Would It Be Like To Be Rich is another extremely rare gem unearthed and made available to the masses by the fine people at Drag City. Recorded in Detroit in the early 1980s, the album is an “autobiographical concept album” — kind of a musical inner monologue — that nods in the direction of No Wave psychodrama while still maintaining a strong pop sensibility. Stuffed full of fuzzed-out Echoplex guitars and cheap drum machines, Ristagno’s private opus is now yours to keep. words/ t wilcox

2 Responses to “Rich Ristagno :: What Would It Be Like To Be Rich? (Reissue)”

  1. nice one!!!
    thanks

  2. [...] Aquarium Drunkard: Finally, a record that answers the age-old question: What would Lou Reed have sounded like if he had never left his parents’ Long Island home and just made private press LPs of oddball funk rock? Don’t pretend like you haven’t thought about it. Rich Ristagno’s What Would It Be Like To Be Rich is another extremely rare gem unearthed and made available to the masses by the fine people at Drag City. Recorded in Detroit in the early 1980s, the album is an “autobiographical concept album” — kind of a musical inner monologue — that nods in the direction of No Wave psychodrama while still maintaining a strong pop sensibility. Stuffed full of fuzzed-out Echoplex guitars and cheap drum machines, Ristagno’s private opus is now yours to keep. words/ t wilcox [...]

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