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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)/Squeeze

This song from Squeeze's album Argybargy includes the line A Harold Robbins paperback, invoking it as the epitome of the trashy beach read. The problem facing us was: which Harold Robbins paperback? The guy wrote about 25 novels, not to mention several books by other writers that were published under Robbins' name after he died. We decided to take a logical approach: Since Argybargy was released in 1980, the most likely candidate was Dreams Die First, which came out in paperback in 1978. Unfortunately that book is out of print now--so much for logic. Instead, we went with our fallback choice, The Carpetbaggers, the best known and most successful of Robbins' novels.

Submitted by Tom Beusse

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