Well, it’s over. Record Store Day a.k.a the day where my wallet gets massacred is over.
Record Store Day is one of the most exciting, but chaotic days for record buyers. You either tremble with anticipation or quiver with rage. It’s the day you can get your hands on some of the most exclusive and limited released records, which are reasonably priced because within a week, that release will go from $7.99 to $29.99. Then imagine how much it’s worth within a few years. And people aren’t necessarily nice. Yes, there is a civil orderly line at the beginning, but as soon as the store opens and people start moving in, all hell breaks loose. There are workers shouting names of releases, while others are fighting over a Corey Feldman 7″ (circa RSD 2017), and a lot of pushing and shoving.
(Future Reference: to avoid the mayhem, go to the $1 records and then when things start to settle down, go back to the exclusives).
Yes, RSD sounds scary, however, it’s not really that bad. It’s not just about the exclusives, it’s about coming together and celebrating record stores worldwide and how a significant role these record stores play in their communities. Some RSD festivities include: performances from bands, meets and greets, signings, food-trucks, custom beer tasting, designing t-shirts, and the list goes on and on. One of the beautiful things to see are parents with their kids, bonding over vinyls or having older people talking to younger people about an older band, they saw when they were their age. One of the memorable moments I have had from RSD, was back in 2015 (a.k.a the day I lost my RSD virginity), when an older couple approached me, noticing a reissued copy of the Who Sell Out in my hands. The husband told me how he and his wife saw the band around 1967, when the album was released and how really good they were live.
This record store day however, I didn’t have any encounter like that; I was familiar with the field. This year, instead of hanging around record stores all day and discussing music with others, I lead with a more “wham bam thank you m’am” approach. Sadly, I had to work in the afternoon, so fuck you Vision Hyundai Henrietta. However, I did manage to acquire every exclusive record I wanted and find some good $1 records/CD’s.
I woke up around 6:45 a.m. I had to borrow my girlfriend’s Rio, so I dropped her off at work and then hit the freeway.
I arrived at my the biggest local record store in Rochester, Record Archive, around 7:45. I waited in line as the doors opened at 9:00. I went over to the exclusives, seeing the chaos I was already familiar with, so I grabbed the Chris Bell “I am the Cosmos / You and Your Sister” 7″ vinyl and rushed to the $1 record bins. There, I had my eyes set on any new wave/power pop albums from the late seventies and early eighties. This year, I made sure to go through every bin thoroughly as last year, I remember seeing a video posted on Facebook of people going through $1 records bins at the Archive, and I saw a copy of the Original Mirrors debut album in a bin I didn’t look through.
I picked up around 20 $1 records including: Herb Alperts !!Going Places!! (1965), Paul and Linda McCartney’s Ram (1971), Traffic’s Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory (1973) and a couple $1 CD’s including Limp Bizkit’s Significant Other (1999) and U2’s Pop (1997).
When returning to the exclusive records. I stumbled over a few exclusives, which weren’t on my list such as Albert Hammond Jr.’s Etchings from Francis Trouble and the MC5 7″ vinyls.
Other exclusives I acquired included:
- Air – “Sexy Boy” 12″ picture disc, featuring the toy monkey spotlighted from the 1998 music video.
- The Vapors – “Turning Japanese” red colored 7″, which is a cool release due to its b-sides, but not as interesting as the release from 1980, pressed on vinyl, in the shape of the Japanese flag.
- The Voidz – “Qyurruys” w/ “Coul As A Ghoul” 7″ single.
Some records I really wanted, but I couldn’t afford, such as the re-release of Pink Floyd’s Piper at the Gates of Dawn and David Bowie’s Welcome To The Blackout (Live in London ’78) 3 x LP. For that Bowie release, I’ll just wait for the CD issue.
I did anticipate getting Parquet Courts “Mardi Gras Beads” w/ “Seems Kind of Silly,” 7″ but I don’t want anymore singles until their upcoming album, Wide Awake, is officially released.
With exclusive and limited releases, I mean you just keep wanting more and more albums. Once you find all the albums from your list, you become satisfied, but desire more.
I fell victim to this, but I bought only one more album. I marked RSD 2018 as my last day buying albums until next RSD, so I finally bought an album I’ve been putting off for a year to get: Devo’s New Traditionalists (1981). Even though it was under $10 and the record was flimsy, I was contented and finally decided to go to work.
Needless to say, this was by far my most successful record store day. Now the long wait till next April begins.
Here’s to the stores that ate my wallet.