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Record Store Day

April 19, 2010

Saturday was Record Store day – a day to celebrate your love of vinyl and record stores. I remember my box of records when I was teenager – there was a ritual to playing music then, choosing a side to play, listening to albums from start to finish. I am completely fine with the age of the song – I love the immediacy of it and wouldn’t go back but the old vinyl records were beautiful objects in themselves.

Here are a few old favourites and some new ones that would look great on a vinyl-scale.

‘Touch’ by Eurythmics. A bit of an 80s classic.

‘Hounds of Love’ by Kate Bush. My favourite album from the 80s – apparently the colour scheme was based on Kate’s preferred brand of cigarettes, Silk Cut.

‘Ocean Rain’ by Echo and the Bunnymen. A theatrical, lush album with a suitably romantic cover.

‘Homogenic’ by Bjork. Bjork’s cyber-geisha designed by no-less-than Alexander McQueen!

It’s Blitz’ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. If I still bought vinyl I’d buy this. New-new wave perfectly conveyed in an exploding egg.

‘Galore’ by Dragonette. Kind of trashy and cheap-looking, but I like it – sort of like a electronic re-working of the ‘Revolver’ cover. As so often happens some of the single covers are better than this.

‘Have One On Me’ by Joanna Newsome. Not her biggest fan to be honest but this cover is great – she is becostumed as some sort of Egyptian flapper and the detail in the cover (not captured at this scale) is worthy of Sgt Pepper.

‘Don’t Stop’ by Annie. On the edge of generic but saved by that tiger shirt and the laser glove. What every cover needs!

‘Santogold’ by Santogold. In the world of pop everyone vomits glitter.

‘I Feel Cream’ by Peaches. Peaches best album – on the cover she is channeling Ziggy Stardust to good kitsch effect.

‘Antigoneland’ by Antigone. From the cut and paste school of the present but still I like the four Chrysler Buildings – subtext: this album is soo New York!

‘Supernature’ by Goldfrapp. Last and certainly not least, this is the perfect electro-dance record cover, with its (extremely subtle) hints of movie glamour, theatrical posturing and decadence. Every house should have at least one pair of peacock pants.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2010 5:09 pm

    Why would you ever need hair if you had those sleeves belonging to peaches?! Nice work.

  2. April 19, 2010 5:38 pm

    Thank you. So true! Peaches’ sleeves are magnificent!

  3. Domesitc Oub permalink
    April 19, 2010 6:09 pm

    If I had the technology I’d add my Whitesnake picture disc LP to your collection… a classic by anyone’s measure….

  4. April 19, 2010 6:20 pm

    Wow – a Whitesnake picture disc – you’d have to have really big hair to listen to that!

  5. Domesitc Oub permalink
    April 19, 2010 7:04 pm

    Massive hair…

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