Rubbish, piffle, tommyrot, drivel and utter bilge

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bargain Bin Fever

I realise that the CD is now almost 30 years old, but there's still something viscerally exciting about vinyl. I'm in a charity shop and I see LPs and 45s and my heart rate quickens. Ooh, someone's had a clearout of all their old records. Let's have a dig around, shall we?

I say this because it happened to me just the other day. When in New Romney with my Sis (see post on the food blog titled Biggles Goes Børk Børk Børk) I went into two charity shops - one, a branch of the British Red Cross charity shop, where I purchased two books (a copy of Roald Dahl's Matilda and Pam Ayres' Surgically Enhanced), and then another charity shop which I can't remember the name of, where I found a treasure trove of old discs, cassettes and VHS videos. Ah. If I'd had more time I would have given them a thorough examination, but alas, we were on a bit of a tight schedule and besides, we were getting hungry! In amongst the 45s were some real belters. Of course, I had no intention of buying any, at least not until I get a stereo with a decent turntable that can do them justice. But there on the top of the heap was the Kids From Fame's Hi-Fidelity. Ah, those heady days of 1982. Leroy and Bruno and Danny and Professor Shorofsky. It seems like only yesterday.
This is actually an original sleeve turned into a decorative lampshade,
available at
Handsome devil, ain't he?
The next gem I unearthed was Billy Ocean's Caribbean Queen. I know we've talked about our Bill in a previous post, but in case you missed it, here's what he used to look like...

The teeth are the same, and they're all his, girls!
And here's his more recent look.

A bit of a change, I trust you'll agree.

The next one was pretty damn cool too. Anybody remember  Mr. Terence Trent D'Arby?
Moody guy.

There was also this little number from Chuck D and his combo.

What the heck happened to Flavor Flav? When did he lose his damn mind?

Aaaanyway, I continued on undeterred, skipping past the dross of Bros, and coming to the pick of the litter.

I had found it. The creme de la creme.

Ah, the Bunnymen at their brilliant best. There are no words to describe how catchy this song is until it gets stuck in your head at 3 am. and you can't get to sleep because all you hear is "Seeeeeeven seeeeeeas, swimming them so weeeeeelll..."

Well, since I didn't buy them I'll just have to add them to my vinyl wishlist. Along with this item....

1 comment:

  1. Nice! Those are some good ones. Billy Ocean...too funny. That Echo and the Bunnymen is for sure a gem. I saw them in 1988 -- such a great band.


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