It didnâ€™t seem fair to anyone, let alone me, to sit on the debut 1988 7â€EP from Rob Vasquezâ€™ NIGHTS AND DAYS when it was well within my power to put it up here for your listening pleasure, and when the kids have been clamorinâ€™ for it. Oh, and itâ€™s one of the great records of the 80s to boot, and an all-time second-wave-of-garage-punk landmark. One critic who shall not be named had this to say: “….Big, loud, stomping basement rock that approximates a runaway boulder hooked up to a set of clanking chains. Their sorta-cover of Beefheart’s “Diddy Wah Diddy” could almost be no-wave inspired, and the frantic chords played on this sound like they’re shooting sparks. Rob Vasquez was and remains a singular talent who deserves to be handsomely paid for his genius, and lionized & feted the world over….â€
I could not have said it better myself! I bought mine on a whim because they were from Seattle and had a Sub Pop connection â€“ which in 1988 was a mark of quality, or so I reckoned at the time â€“ and have until now yet to look back. 600 made, released on REGAL SELECT records to a handful of record dorks in â€™88, and now ready for you to download and celebrate with your pals all weekend long.
Download THE NIGHTS AND DAYS â€“ â€œGarbage Canâ€ (A-side)
Download THE NIGHTS AND DAYS â€“ â€œDiddy Wah Diddyâ€ (B-side, track 1)
Download THE NIGHTS AND DAYS â€“ â€œGoes Without Sayingâ€ (B-side, track 2)