James Bond only lived twice. Craig Moore recently beat that record, he’s currently on his third lap around this thing called life. On May 29th, while rehearsing in Wyoming, Illinois with his The UnXpected bandmates, Slink Rand and Darin Bloomfield, Craig fell face-first onto the floor and Bloomfield dialed 911. Paramedics arrived on the scene to discover Craig's heart had stopped. They got the heart pounding again with shock paddles, only to have it stop again moments later. Craig had literally died twice. But the third time was the charm and after being rushed to the hospital and undergoing quintuple bypass surgery, the ticker was unclogged and beating once again in 4/4 time. You can read all about this in a great column that MBIP pal and PJ Star columnist, Phil Luciano wrote by clicking right here.
I haven’t seen Craig since all of this went down, so I think it’s a pretty good time to stop by his Younger Than Yesterday record store and say hi to this man who cheated death twice in his life so far!
Holy freaking moley, the clouds are amazing today! They’re kind of giving me an acid flashback feeling and I love it when that happens! Let’s keep rolling along to...
Younger Than Yesterday records! Huzzah!
As you can see, they’re doing road construction on University all summer and hopefully this hasn’t hurt Craig’s business.
I love the window displays here at YTY!
And they’re open, so...
Let’s go in and see what’s happening in here today.
This is the coolest record store in the area. Love the Little Golden Records that dangle from the ceiling in here!
There’s a familiar face behind the counter over there...
It’s the man who’s got more lives than James Bond, Craig Moore! Great to see him again and we thought we’d reenact what happened to him last May in terms of album covers.
Craig collapsed from cardiac arrest and he was Gonn!
Then paramedics arrived at the scene, revived that ticker, but then it stopped once more and he was Agonnagain!
But they revived him again and after a stint in the hospital he’s a Live Dead man once again! Nicely done, Craig, but what do you do for an encore after all that? Stay tuned, because I’m sure he’s got something up his sleeve! Now let’s take a look around in here.
HOI Fair memory flashback as I see all these KISS collectible items in this case!
Wow, check out the dueling Dave Clark and Ringo bobbleheads, very cool!
Speaking of cool, it doesn’t get much better than this black panther light! This is a new addition to the store that I have never seen before!
Okay, time to look at some of the records in here. There’s a massive inventory of wax in YTY and it’s always fun to browse in here.
Wow, I’ve never seen this pre-Muhammad Ali single before, love the picture sleeve! This takes me back to when we lived in Louisville, Kentucky in the ‘60’s and used to see him around town. Memories!
Three diverse artists all on one shelf: The Sex Pistols, Joan Jett and Michael Jackson, a real trilogy of talent!
Here’s drummer Matt Warren adjusting stock in the back room and showing off a Lena Horne album. Nice!
Check out this cover, Jane Russell in The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown. Love it!
Ha ha ha!
There’s even more records back here in this corner of the store, you could browse in here for days!
Jared's all done browsing and purchased a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young album along with a Joni Mitchell album. Nice selections, Jared! Oh and Jared works for Dixon's, so let's give them a little plugola right here and now!
And I think this is the only KISS pinball machine in town!
A shot from the back of the store.
Here’s Craig with a poster from the first rock show he ever produced back in 1972.
Free sticker Dick Clark front counter alert!
After I pulled out this sticker of The Beatles "Yesterday And Today," Butcher album cover, Craig said he had something to show me...
Here he is pulling out some albums from this secretive satchel...
It’s his own private collection of the ultra-rare Beatle Butcher album covers!
I’ve never seen this many in one place in my life, to quote Mr. Lennon!
Check out this bin filled with Rolling Stone magazines from the ‘70s, it made me think of my friend, Paul Scanlon!
Holy shitballs, this is the original issue with Hunter Thompson’s first installment of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas! I have to get this!
And I also got this Gonn album, “The Loudest Band In Town.”
Truer words were never spoken! Craig said that the construction outside of his store has cramped business a bit, so stop on by, pick up a record or three and help keep this record store alive. If Craig can cheat death twice, so can this fine house of records! Great to see Craig and Matt and we’ll see you all tomorrow!
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