The Art of the 12″ Single – an update

You may have read an earlier post about my mild anxiety over the forthcoming Record Club 12″ single night I am organising. Two months later and those anxieties are soothed somewhat by the swell of support (and offer of vinyl) from fellow Clubbers.

So over the next few weeks I’ll be posting thoughts on some of the records I will be playing on the night at the end of January. They will come from my own modest collection or from fellow Clubbers. Come January, if you click on the Art of the 12″ Single category you’ll have a pretty good idea of how the night will sound.

So keep your eyes peeled and your ears… err… peeled and we’ll begin.

The Art of the 12” Single. And a Cry for Help.

Much of my vinyl attic “archive” (as I never refer to it) is made up of 12” singles. I think the first one I ever bought was Thompson Twins’ King For a Day picture disc, sadly no longer in my possession and probably thrown out when my sense of undergraduate post-modern irony was underdeveloped. Which makes me wonder what that Rick Astley one is still doing in there…? And that’s where my problem lies… Continue reading

The Wedding Present – The Hit Parade (1992)

The Hit ParadeAlright, I cheated on this one. This isn’t random.

A few weeks ago I noticed that the associated Twitter account to this blog (@recordatrandom) had a new follower (a rare occurrence!) and I was delighted to see that it was David Gedge (@weddingpresent). Ever savvy, David must have picked up on the Twitter chat this blog was engaged in when planning the next record club event (I was pushing for some Weddoes to be played that night). Lo and behold, the next day David is following both the blog and the record club (he’s been invited along next time he is in the area).

So David, errr, this one’s for you…. Continue reading

I might buy more vinyl if…

I might be tempted to buy more modern vinyl if…

1. I always received a cd version or a copy to download as part of the package.

2. Release dates weren’t pushed back while equivalent CD and download dates stayed the same (take note De La Soul,The Breeders…alright Mr Bowie, you’re sort of excused).

3. I didn’t have to pay silly prices compared to CDs and downloads. Unless I got a cd or download with it, of course.

4. Replacing my record deck didn’t mean my budget only stretched to something half decent that still needed the drive-belt re-threading just to change the speed.

5. And with my new deck I didn’t have to mess around with counterweights and “anti-skate weights” just to make the needle stay on the record.

6. I genuinely thought the sound quality was better (when the needle stayed on, that is).

7. Given the prices, someone could convince me that the artist benefitted more from a vinyl purchase.

8. There was less snobbery about vinyl.

9. It didn’t feel like the resurgence still might be a fad?

Discuss…?

 

 

Happy Record Store Day

20130420-130649.jpgI’ll probably give record store day a miss this year. My dislike of queuing and sheer lack of independent record shops where I am this weekend makes it very hard for me to take part. Plus there’s not much I really want from the list (a Kate Bush 12″ and Wedding Present ep sung in German were the only things that interested me) and I go to record stores all the time anyway. I don’t need to be told by BBC 6Music to go. So I shouldn’t feel guilty.

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