Over ninety minutes early and the line is more than one hundred deep. The old roomy and I meet and catch up as some dude directly in front of us chain tokes his way into the sonic abyss that is Record Store Day 2015. Music geek conversations drift through the air only interrupted by my backfiring joke at the length of the line.
“Maybe everyone is here to pick up that One Direction record…”
“I am!” says the woman just two people ahead. Her boyfriend starts laughing at my dumbfounded look.
I think to myself “I haven’t actually met a One Direction fan over the age of twelve” but I hold my tongue; after all, it isn’t even 9AM and pissing people off shouldn’t happen so early on a weekend.
The line moves forward in a civilized manner, which seems rather odd considering that I’ve had vinyl literally rain down upon my head during past RSD’s. Seriously, it is an odd sensation when a bunch of seven, ten and twelve inch records start smacking your cranium. Mild pain followed by anger and a quick burst of panic because you just don’t want any of this very sweet vinyl to get broken.
As usual, there is that group of people trying to look through the bins of records while the people behind them are giving them the “pick your record and get the fuck out my way” stare. It would be amusing if I wasn’t trying to get my hands on the same record as … well, the guy in front of me who just grabbed the last Otis Redding record that my fingers were reaching for. Fortunately, I do get my hands on some of the stuff I wanted.
The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan in gatefold cover with coloured red and white 180 gram vinyl
The Dandy Warhols – Eponymous – first time on vinyl in double gatefold cover and white vinyl to boot
George Thorogood & the Delaware Destroyers debut without bass as it was originally recorded. Also on blue vinyl
Ride – OX4: The Best of – In glorious 180 gram red vinyl with a double gatefold cover
Yeah I missed out on Social Distortion, Joan Jett, Small Faces and as mentioned, Otis Redding, but still had a pretty good time despite the competition and jockeying for best vinyl position. I jump into the vehicle and head for the elderly mall on the west side of the city figuring maybe I could grab some of what I lost out on. When I arrive the employees are praying mallrats will finish the free coffee they had for their customers. I manage to pick up a couple of the 7 inch’s I missed out on, namely Alex Chilton’s “Jesus Christ” and the Lemonheads/Gram Parsons split “Brass Buttons” on pink vinyl.
Now, I’m looking at the clock and considering the likelihood of finding a few things at some record stores I’ve never tried before.
Do I really want to spend more?
It’s the best haul I’ve managed but the little music geek in the back of my brain is whispering, “find more… you must find more…”.
Then I remember, I have stuff on the way… other awesome pieces of vinyl in transit from places abroad.
Afterall, if you look around in the right places, any day can be a record store day. Yeah, right, who am I kidding, I’m heading to another record store.