I left some old vinyl in Sydney after I left. Three boxes. From my youth. I left them with my friend John Stevenson. I moved back to England and forgot about my youth and the vinyl.
John, being the excellent friend he is, stored these old relics of an age where music reproduction was hit and miss (and buying a playable platter even more so) and when he returned from Australia he returned them to me. John dropped the boxes of records at my friend Marcus’ house. Marcus then drove over to my house with the records.
These records have now been joined with those of my partner to make Nostalgia Corner. This post says more about friendship than it does my taste in music, I think.
WARNING CONTAINS: The Skids, Genesis, X, Bauhaus, Jesus and Mary Chain, Peggy Lee, Alexis Korner, The Mighty Lemon Drops, Culture Club, Marilyn, Happy Mondays, Mudhoney, Shirley Bassie, Dinosaur Junior, The Fall, Funkadelic, Kate Bush, Killing Joke, Can, Miles Davis, Shelley Berman, Carmel, The Cramps, Mercury Rev, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Butthole Surfers, Giant Sand, JTQ, Big Soul Band, Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, The Dave Howard Singers, Fripp & Eno, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Rush.
(Please note that I don’t have any love for vinyl as a music delivery format. Nor did I for CD. I’m very happy indeed with MP3s that don’t jump or repeat. I don’t miss buying new styli, wiping records clean, handling them like crystal glass babies or getting up every 20 minutes to flip them over. The friendships that brought the artefacts back, those I would miss. Until I can fully digitise my friends of course…)