Welcome to one of our many new features: Wantlist Wednesday!
I have a confession to make: I have an impulsive habit of collecting things. When I was younger, I was fascinated with collecting things. Whether it was trading cards, video games, coins, or action figures, collecting things has always been a hobby of mine. Luckily my compulsion hasn’t gotten out of hand and I haven’t been featured on an episode of TLC’s Hoarders…yet.
As more and more record labels begin releasing their artists’ albums on vinyl LPs, my new hobby was born: collecting vinyl records.
As a collector, there’s ALWAYS something on my wantlist that I’m looking for. It comes with the territory. You’re NEVER really satisfied. Just when you think you’ve completed your collection, something creeps its way in. Whether it’s an upcoming release, or something that’s been out of print, I’m always looking out for and doing some digging in stores and online for the LP on the top of my wantlist. Yeah, I can turn on Spotify and listen to music anytime, but there’s nothing like taking a record out of it’s sleeve, holding it up to see the way the light reflects off of the grooves, and dropping the needle to hear music happen. It’s magical.
Enough of my rant. Let’s get to the important part: Wantlist Wednesday.
So what’s on my wantlist currently? Lot’s of things, actually. However, at the top of my wantlist is an album that I’ve been after for a while: Demon Days by The Gorillaz.
I remember the first time I heard Feel Good Inc. It was 2005 (HOLY CRAP THAT WAS ALMOST 10 YEARS AGO) and I was walking into one of my favorite shops at the mall. They had this blaring through their speakers and I looked up at the speaker as if I could visually see the jams dancing gleefully off the walls. I was sold.
As far as the LP release is concerned, it was released by Parlophone Records and is long out of print. You can find them on eBay pretty regularly for anywhere from $100-$250. I’ve never seen any pressing quantities on this, but if I had to guess, I’d say there’s about 1000 that were printed. I remember walking into a shop in ’08 that sold used/new DVD’s, CD’s, and LP’s. I was walking aimlessly around and they had this album sitting on the counter. It was marked $29.99. I passed it up because that was out of my price range at the time. Yeah, I’m still kicking myself for being such a cheap ass. That’s the inherent “game” about collecting things, however. When you have the budget you can never find things on your wantlist, and when you don’t, it seems like they pop up all the time.
I’ll have this album in my collection one day, the price just needs to be right and the music gods need to be swaying things in my favor.
So that’s on the top of my wantlist right now. What’s on yours?
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