Well, maybe – we’ll see how it goes. Regulars will know the routine around here; I get drunk and write obtuse passages about records few others care about (other visitors meekly leave, disappointed that this blog doesn’t host a free download of Spiritualized’s first album like the name suggests). Time to attempt something different, me thinks… and if it all ends in tears, well – I only have the monopoly on goods ideas after the third bottle of wine.
So here’s the plan. Yesterday I dug up some words about departed record stores. Those places, before the internet, where youthful hours were whittled away in the submergence of aural bliss. Sounds discovered, alliances formed, that kind of thing – because there’s something intrinsically tragic about a record store where the shutters have been rolled down for the final time, where the sudden and unexpected permanence of the “Closed” sign signals the end of teenage dreams (no matter your age) and the horrible allegiance to chain stores and online conglomerates.
My “eulogy to a record store” was semi-fictional – my formative years were too transient when it came to spending too much time in the same store – although the demise of The Left Legged Pineapple in Loughborough was a very sad time, despite not living there when the doors closed for good.
But here’s where you come in. I’d like your memories, your wistful reminisces of when your highlight of the week was the trip to the local vinyl emporium, the CD tavern in your one horse town. The atmosphere, the goodies in the racks. The girl or boy behind the counter who turned you on to bands who’ve been with you ever since, to albums that defined whole chunks of your (recent) history. Your homework: I’d like a brief explanation (100 words, 200 words – you choose) on why that record store (open or closed, where-ever in the world) was such a special part of your life (or if you’re anything like me – still is).
Interested? Good, thought so. Please email your submission, plus store name/location to lazerguidedmelody (at) gmail.com – and in exchange, I’ll publish your memories in a week or so, along with your name, link to your blog / Twitter / Facebook etc, and your favourite cocktail recipe. Think of it as a nice night in the bar where you get to meet new and exciting music geeks, or something.
(And if you don’t submit anything, you’ll make me sad – and then I’ll have to go and impersonate you in print anyway).
EDIT: might be able to arrange a wee prize or two for the best entries: details soon.
Below the words: ‘House Of Glass’ by Warlocks. I’m really bad at collecting songs, storing up tracks to feature on this blog, then forgetting just why I bookmarked the damn thing when it comes to churning out some words. I’ve got a few Warlocks albums on the shelf – lo-fi West Coat stoner rock – so perhaps I’ll make a tenuous link and suggest that I purchased one at the Left Legged Pineapple.
The Warlocks / House Of Glass