Today is Record Store Day. I’m planning a trip to a few shops later to see what’s on offer, but I won’t be fighting the crowds for door buster grab-em-while-you-can RSD releases, as usual I’ll take my chances later when the crowds diminish.
Anyway, this post is a tribute to in general and some that I am just very happy to own. I’ve been collecting vinyl since the early 1980s and have rather a lot of it. Probably too much if that’s actually possible. Over the years I’ve chanced upon many special things. Here’s a just few of them…
These are collectible now, but when I bought them you could hardly give them away. Most came from 50 cent bins. Apart form the great music the covers are super.
LiLiPuT – You Did It (1983)
LiLiPuT – Split (1980)
Another one you couldn’t pay people to take at the time, now going for insane prices are the two Paper Mache label releases by Deux Filles. Spectacular records now readily and affordably available on a deluxe CD set that you really should own. Spooky, haunting music, and actually two fellows pretending to be ladies. Something for everyone.
Barbarella – The Bob Crewe Generation Orchestra (1968)
I wanted this for many years and finally found it in Olympia in the USA. For $8. Before the internet you had to seek things and hope a lot.
ABBA – Greatest Hits (1975)
The freakiest ABBA cover ever, seriously, how did this ever happen? Benny’s feet. Frida’s mouth breast things. Bjorn is playing a elephant guitar with fish shoes. Agnetha – multi-feet. In glorious gatefold goodness for maximum freakery.
Mari Wilson singles
I’m a big fan of Mari as well as the Compact Organisation label that was ahead of the whole lounge revival by a good decade (to their own detriment unfortunately). Still, many of their records are reasonably easy to find still and it’s worth buying everything. Here’s some of the Mari Wilson singles, I have mutiple copies of most as I keep finding them for next to nothing and, well, they’re lovely. Oh,and the liner notes are killer.
Beat The Beat (1982)
Just What I Always Wanted (1982)
Beware Boyfriend (1982)
Baby It’s True (1982)
Dance Card (1981)
The B-52’s – Rock Lobster (1978)
One of my favourite bands I am pleased to have one of the early releases of this single – it’s a bit like a demo version of the song that went on to be a huge smash. There’s something wonderful about the simple retro cover design (a little like some of the Devo singles around the time) and the band image on the back that’s so charming. Look, you can write to them too!
I could list records all day but you know, Record Store Day beckons…