|Hannibal Smith looks on, putting together a plan of where I can put my new records in bookshelves that are already overflowing...|
After this, I became an avid listener and through the early 80s I bought plenty of singles and the occasional album too. Back then, certainly locally, the market wasn’t cornered by the chain stores so I had plenty of choice for shops - Revolver Records in Kettering (as well as Our Price, a fair while before it was swallowed up by Virgin), Spinadisc in Northampton and Discovery Records in Corby and Market Harborough. In the mid-80s, my friend Craig introduced me to Boogaloo Records in Leicester, a fantastic second-hand place from where I picked up no end of great late 70s/early 80s albums I couldn’t find anywhere else (most of my Donna Summer collection came from there).
|Andy's Records (there was a Kettering shop, replaced in time by Our Price, itself replaced by HMV), Discovery Records, an Our Price sticker and Spinadisc|
|Bags of fun - Our Price and Woolies are long gone, while W H Smith and Boots don't sell records any more|
What an idiot, is the first thing that springs to mind, as I look at my new record player.
As luck would have it, since Dude was born (and even though I had no way to play them), I’ve been picking up the odd album or single over the years (my original collection is buried in the understairs cupboard somewhere, untouched for over a decade and we’ll need to mount an expedition to find it) so I had stuff to play on Christmas Day. Most of it came from charity shops, albums I’d wanted back in the day but couldn’t find, stuff that caught my eye in the moment or, even, things I picked up because I’m a compulsive completist - “Yay, an INXS album!”. I also discovered (on a post-Christmas trip to Leicester to spend our gift vouchers) that HMV now has a huge vinyl selection - I also discovered brand new vinyl has a huge price tag too but that's okay, I’m a collector and I don’t have a problem with second-hand.
The vinyl revival? Oh yes, I’m definitely in - and here's part of the charm for those who've never experienced it...
Even better, while flicking around on ebay, I discovered these existed - I always knew soundtrack albums were a thing, obviously, but singles? Did these theme tunes, from some of my favourite TV shows, really plan to mount a number one bid on the pop charts of the day?
And for those who don't remember, this is what it sounded like...
Happy listening, whatever your preferred medium...
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