With over 500 records released this Record Store Day queues began forming in the early hours of the 22nd of April 2017 to pick up a selection of vinyl and cassettes amongst other things that were exclusively available at independent record stores across the UK. From Aqua’s hot pink Barbie Girl vinyl to Toto’s release of an Africa-shaped vinyl of the iconic single of the same name this Record Store Day was one of the best yet. Here’s how some of our very own at Smashed Vinyl spent the 10th annual Record Store Day.
I thought I was gonna miss RSD, then I realised that Dublin had record shops too so everything might be ok. As soon as I got out of the airport I went straight to the first of four fab shops. I love record store day because it's like a treasure hunt for record collectors. I was working with a mate in Brighton so we could both try and get everything we wanted. He got me Idris Muhammad's 'Could Heaven Ever Be Like This' and in exchange I picked him up a copy of Sun Ra's 'Discipline 27-11'. I also found The Atomic Bomb Band performing the music of William Onyeabor and The Headhunters' 'God Make Me Funky' (both of which were on my list). I also bought Inna Baba Coulibaly 'Sahel' having found a copy in every shop I went in.
But sadly, I missed out on the 'White Man in Hammersmith Palais (7" EP) and Hollie Cook's fantastic version of Superstar... but overall a pretty successful (and expensive) RSD nonetheless!
For this year’s RSD I bought David Bowie ‘No Plan’ (10" EP). Following his death last year, I feel like this collection of his final recordings is the perfect way to commemorate his legacy. Everything from the cover art to the etched blue marble record itself oozes elegance and embodies the genius behind the music.
6.45am. My alarm goes off. It’s Record Store Day. The record store in Godalming, Surrey, is tiny. Named Record Corner, it hides up a small side-road off the high-street. The first record I purchased here was Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy on a lovely double-gatefold. Today I was after 2 exclusive RSD items; a single of Sea Change by Thrice (limited to 250 copies in the UK) and a single of Don’t Need You by Bullet for My Valentine on translucent red with an etched B-side (750 copies).
The store operates a 1-purchase rule. This means you queue, may purchase one vinyl, and then must go to the back of the queue. I was after 2 items, so dragged my poor girlfriend along with me to grab the second. The store owner recommended arriving at 8am (for a 9am opening) to be at the front of the queue. I arrive at 8am sharp, to see around 50 people eagerly queuing outside the small shop already. We waited patiently in line with our costa coffee, chatting to those around us about collections and the such. A gentleman who lived nearby brought around biscuits for everyone, the atmosphere was lovely.
We were allowed into the store just before 10am, after queuing for nearly 2 hours. My girlfriend was tasked with finding the BFMV single, whilst I went after Thrice. Sadly, the one copy the store had received of the Thrice single had already been snatched up. Instead, I was able to find a gorgeous picture disc of Halestorm’s cover album Reanimate 3.0. Not too shabby. Bring on next year.