…the warm sound of black plastic spinning at 33 1/3 RPMs on our trusty Stanton turntable. Don’t get us wrong; we’re not vinyl snobs. Our iPods get a thorough workout too. That said, afternoons and weekends at home often find us scouring the bottom shelf of our entertainment center for the perfect 12″ soundtrack.
We’re set on everything from Arcade Fire to Frank Zappa (alphabetized of course!), with healthy doses of Aerosmith, Talking Heads, The Police and Zeppelin sandwiched neatly in between. We’ve hauled enough bins of vinyl on moving days to know enough to weed out the junk (although my lady refuses to rid us of The Bangles, Wilson Phillips, and Berlin). Yard sales, thrift shops, flea markets and (gasp!) record stores are a few of our favorite haunts to track down that copy of Thriller your mom pitched when you packed up for college. Remember the gatefold cover with MJ and the tiger cub? I thought you would.
Sure, changing record sides every 20 minutes can seem like a bit of a hassle at the beginning, but it’ll all be worth the effort when you remember how incredible side 1 of Some Girls sounded the first time it rocked your face off from start to finish… pure audio perfection.
What’s your vinyl story? Are you an avid collector, or are you terrified of the storage dilemma of stacking all of that rock n’ roll in your space? Let’s hear it. (No pun intended.)