Now this is something I am rather fond of, but I haven’t touched one for well over twelve years, which is such a shame!
I remember this one time back in 1982 I had saved up for Depeche Mode’s second album: ‘A Broken Frame’ It featured such classics as ‘Leave in Silence’ which was a rather dark song for them and also the cheesy pop song: ‘See you’ My Mom took me to Pick ‘n Pay in Boksburg to buy it, when I got back in the car, for some bizarre reason, I put it on the back window ledge of the car. When I arrived home, I noticed how hot is was and yes, it had warped in the hot African sun. Needless to say it was destroyed and it only took twenty minutes to happen.
When I was a teen I was an avid collector of vinyl records. My friend Karl and I would hit the record shops and we would spend hours there going through a bunch of new arrivals. My favourite was ‘Street Records’ in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. It was a tiny shop, but it had a modern layout even back then in the 90’s. We would buy different records, then record each other’s onto cassette tapes. Now I did keep some of my collection. My Mom back in South Africa has a record box that contains some real gems; like all the releases from the 80’s new romantic band: ‘Japan’ and all of David Sylvian’s solo releases. They are all in mint condition.
My passion for vinyl continued at the start of my radio career, when I bought two Technics 1200 turntables. This was the start of the ‘Rave Scene’ in South Africa and I had never mixed before, so I got some help and got down to some serious practising. I do remember lugging my record box around the country by air and by car for many a weekend; and playing at some incredible events. I grew my collection to about 3000. When CD’s had taken over I decided to auction my record collection, and the money that was made was donated to an AIDs charity.
The ‘Vinyl Revival’ has been underway since 2007. There has been renewed interest in record shops and there is now the annual worldwide: ‘Record Store Day’ In 2016 the BPI’s Official UK recorded music report using official data from the Official Charts Company noted that vinyl had a stellar year of growth, selling 3.2 million LP’s.
So why this reminiscing? Well, I got an email today from: ‘Deepgroves’ they are a new vinyl pressing plant in the Netherlands. They look like they have a great set up, so if you’re in the market to press some vinyl, give them a shout!
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