Monday, 12 September 2011

I will not buy this record - it is scratched

Within the vinyl collection are a number of items with small and (sometimes) annoying scratches, causing minor jumps when played.
Some could be resolved by resting a 2p piece on the arm of the record player, others were of no consequence really.  But some songs were given a slight vocal remix.

For example, my copy of the Ramones Leave Home has a little jump at the start of 'Sheena Is A Punk Rocker'.
The lyrics as I heard them went:

Well the kids are all hopped up and ready to go
They're ready to go now
They've got their surfb

And they're going to the discotheque a go go
But she just couldn't stay
She had to break away
Well New York City really has it all
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Sheena is a punk rocker
Sheena is a punk rocker
Sheena is a punk rocker now

So for several years, I'd never heard the end of the first line, second line or start of the third line of this song .
My brain is still confused by listening to the proper version with the missing words included - it just sounds wrong.

Why have I got vinyl with scratches on?
Most of the stuff I purchased between the ages of 14 and 22 was mostly from second hand shops, jumble sales, car boot sales.  You tend to get funny looks if you return a record to a jumble sale hoping for money returned or a price-equivalent exchange.

Vinyl was always my preferred format, as opposed to cassettes (the only real opposition format at the time).
In fact I clung to vinyl for as long as possible, not really migrating to CD until about 1994 (and then finally got to hear the proper version of 'Sheena Is A Punk Rocker')

Still buy vinyl, usually from Charity Shops or Record Fairs, but I've run out of storage space for it.
My office/spare room has piles of vinyl awaiting cataloguing and filing, but with nowhere to put the stuff.
Will it stop me buying anymore?  I very much doubt it.

Incidentally, the title of this post is (apparently) Hungarian to English translation for "I would like to buy some cigarettes".
The Hungarian phrase "Please can you direct me to the railway station" is translated as ...

This will explain:


  1. I had a copy The Big Wheels of Motown, which hopped so heavily on I Want You Back - around Jacko's spiralling climb near the final-ish ' I was wrong let you gooooooooo' - it took years to re-adjust to the full version

  2. I inherited a copy of 'One step beyond' that jumped from Chas Smash saying "Hey you!" to the words "One Step Beyond!" totally skipping everything in between. Doesn't sound right on CD now.