RECORD STORE DAY once again sucked the bank accounts of vinyl fanatics dry.
16th April saw independent record stores worldwide stock one off releases that fans desperately tried to get – some even queueing from midday 15th April.
Amongst the big releases and most sought after pieces this year were Blossoms’ You Pulled A Gun On Me, Ian Brown’s Solarized (released for the first time on vinyl), Foals’ latest track Rain, the late David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World, a live pressing from The Libertines and Mac DeMarco’s Another One demos.
As usual, many of the ‘fans’ that were first into the stores listed their purchases on eBay within minutes. By 10:30am, several copies of Blossoms’ release were on the auction site with starting prices around the £20 mark.
Admittedly, last year I bought The 1975’s Sex and Peace’s World Pleasure on eBay due to work commitments meaning I could not head down. Maybe I am funding the ‘problem’, but the huge mark up on prices is not fair on real fans that queue for hours and miss out.
Still, though, I managed to grab the pieces that I wanted. Sound It Out (Stockton-on-Tees) was visited by me, as it has been for the past three years. I spoke to owner Tom Butchart as he served me and he said: “It went quiet about 2pm. There are still a few people hovering about but not as many as earlier.”
The pieces I managed to get hold of are Mac DeMarco’s Another One demos on coloured vinyl, Circa Waves’ Something Like You (purely for the Young Chasers demo as the b-side) and Cat’s Eyes’ Chameleon Queen.
I have attended Record Store Day events for the past three years and have always seen them as wonderful experiences. Both the collectors who spend thousands and the people who queue for ridiculous amounts of time to buy just one record come together to celebrate vinyl.
Previously purchased favourites of mine include Catfish and the Bottlemen’s Kathleen, Oasis’ Supersonic and The Wedding Present’s Take Fountain.
I look forward to next year’s event and finding out which bands are going to be involved.