Celebrities And Their Vinyl Collections: Amoeba Helps Out

In my last post, we talked about how cool it was to see celebrities with their vinyl collections, and I left an open call for anyone to add information as they saw fit. Well, I was enlightened to the Amoeba website, and a feature they call "What's in my bag?" featuring celebrities, staffers, loyal customers and the like sharing with us what they have purchased while shopping the store. This is EXACTLY the kind of thing I was looking for, so I'll highlight a few of my favorites for you...

 First up, and one of my most favorite celebrities, is RuPaul! Even though most of what was in his bag were CD's, he did have two vinyl nuggets I have to mention here. What is especially fascinating to me is that they are both soundtracks, and as you all know I specialize in soundtracks in my vinyl Etsy shop! First up is the Tron: Legacy soundtrack by Daft Punk, which I will be purchasing ASAP. Just the snippet they play was enough to make me want it. Next is the second-highest-selling soundtrack of all time which of course can only be Saturday Night Fever (and can be purchased here from my Etsy Shop). He tells a lovely little story about the Bee Gees as well.

Next up, is Elijah Wood. His was the most pleasantly surprising entry because he purchased ALL VINYL! Apparently, he owns a record label, and has been buying vinyl for almost half his life. Very impressive, young Frodo.... Even though I was not familiar with any of the artists he discussed, I was captivated by his easy-going style while talking about something he so obviously loves. And THAT, is exactly why we're here, folks. Regardless of the artist, genre, style or era of music, we can all relate to the love of it, particularly the love of vinyl and all that it represents. Be sure to check out his entry.

Lastly, for this post anyway, is John Taylor & Simon LeBon of Duran Duran! OK, I know I said I wanted info about artists that weren't musicians, but again, they bought ALL VINYL! Check out John's quote  under Awesome Quotes About Vinyl in the sidebar on the right side of this page. Amazing! They bring up some excellent points to buying vinyl, particularly in this day and age of mp3's. 

Other noteworthy celebrities included in Amoeba's 'What's In My Bag' features are: 
                                (click on desired name to view their segment)

-Clem Burke (just because he's the coolest and my #1 favorite drummer ever)
-Peter Murphy (although he buys only DVD's, they're mighty cool ones!)
-Henry Rollins (buys no vinyl, but hey, it's Henry freakin' Rollins!)
-Dave Grohl (buys ALL 7"s! and tells a hilarious story to boot)

...plus lots, lots more. 

Thanks so much to Lisa at Rock-O-Bilia for giving me the heads up about this. Incidentally, I buy all of my poly outer sleeves from her, she has the best prices and ships super fast! You can view her blog and check out her eBay Shop. She rocks! 

I'm still on the hunt for celebrities and their vinyl collections, so if you've got any info you wanna share, please don't be shy!

Celebrities And Their Vinyl Collections: An Open Call To Contribute

Jack Nicholson & Angelica Huston
photo from DangerousMinds.net
This morning, while checking through the latest articles about vinyl, I found this little nugget; Colin Hanks buying vinyl with MSNBC's Kate Snow. The best thing about this is that Colin brings along his portable turntable while out on location, and buys vinyl in the local record shops wherever he is shooting a film. How freakin' cool is that? So this prompted me to write a post on celebrities and their vinyl collections, but have found precious little information on stars who really do collect vinyl. My point is not to exploit the celebrity, only to bring more awareness to the magic of record collecting as more than just a hobby, as a way of life.

Lux Interior & Poison Ivy of The Cramps
photo from DangerousMinds.net
I'm not as interested in learning about celebrities who would obviously collect records such as Bjork, The Black Keys, and the like. The article with Colin Hanks is a perfect example; here is a Hollywood film star, with famous parents, who chooses to collect vinyl because of the sheer pleasure he gets from it. If you have any celebrity stories you wish to share, or if by any stretch of the imagination a celebrity is actually reading this, I would love to read your story. I am inviting you to either write your own guest post or send me links that I can incorporate into this subject, which I am suddenly extremely fascinated by.

Check out this site which features several photos of celebrities posing with vinyl. Although few are clearly the individual's own collection, they are cool nonetheless. I particularly love The Cramps photo (which I do believe is, or was, their real collection, the Debbie Harry/Chris Stein shot (which looks real) and the Jack Nicholson/Angelica Huston photo-see above-dying to know if that really was one of their collections!

A Passion For The Passions: Moody Post Punk New Wave Deliciousness

It isn't often that I come across a group I have never heard of before, particularly when that group was only active from 1978-1983. This is my most favorite time period for music, bringing the best of the 'nu-wave' angry, dark and gritty, just the way I like it.

While on a recent vinyl hunting trip, I came across a little 45 that looked interesting, and for fifty cents I thought I'd give it a shot....

This 7" was called 'The Swimmer' by a UK band called The Passions circa 1981. Ohhhhhh Mommy! I rarely get so lucky as to hit the jackpot on a guesstimation. The only clues I had were the look of the band on the back of the picture sleeve, the fact that it was dated 1981 and on a label I hadn't come across yet; Fiction Records.

What is even better about this is treasure isn't the title song--which, don't get me wrong, is great--but the B side; Some Fun is AMAZING. Have a listen...
After playing it a few times I began my research, and was surprised to have come up with as much as I did. Most of the band used to be in the London punk band The Derelicts, and were led by female singer Barbara Grogan. A little reminiscent of The Cure; Bass-heavy with jangling guitars, and darkly poppy, I'd wondered where they'd been all my life. And the fact that they split up in just five short years sorta makes it even better, they are just this capsuled little secret I have. Only you may have heard of them from their one and only hit 'I 'm In Love With A German Film Star'...

So this was great, but I wanted more, much more. Searching for one of their albums didn't take long, but brought up precious few choices. Being that I am becoming quite the obsessed vinyl junkie, I had to find something, anything on vinyl, and luckily I found not one but TWO more 7"s (Hunted b/w Oh No, It's You and Jump For Joy b/w The Story) and their debut  album 'Michael & Miranda' from 1980 all for incredibly reasonable prices. Merry Christmas to me!!!

The search continues for their two other studio albums on vinyl, which has been said to be something of a challenge (I love a challenge!) but their second album, Thirty Thousand Feet Over China is available on CD which is part compilation of previously released hits, and a few new recordings. Don't you just love it when an obsession starts with just one little unexpected find, crawling around the floor of a dirty record shop? I sure do.

Holiday Album Feature #2: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer TV Soundtrack

For my next installment of favorite Christmas records, I bring you the Rankin & Bass original TV soundtrack for Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer from 1964. This has got to be one of the most cherished childhood holiday memories for many people both young and old. This album features the beloved vocal stylings of Burl Ives, a Santa Claus look-alike, who also voiced the Snowman in this stop-motion animated favorite.

Included on the album is a collection of holiday favorites, intermixed with incidental music from the film. Film score composer Johnny Marks captures the essence of the Christmas Spirit with his instrumentals, combining classic themes with his original works. This isn't just a record for children, adults will be equally enchanted by its pure nostalgic nature.

For vinyl junkies, you'll want to know that the original pressing came out with the television show in 1964, and was re-released in the early 80's (shown here) with the usual 20-year-revival. I am proud to say I own an original pressing, found on one of my many record hunting excursions, and is in shockingly great shape. I think the original price tag demanded a whopping $1.29 for it, a bargain by any standards.

Stay tuned for another installment of my favorite holiday albums coming shortly. If you have a favorite you'd like to tell me about, don't be shy! Happy Holidays!

It's Official! My 1000th Vinyl Record Sale on Etsy

HURRAH!!! Today marks a very cool milestone; 1000 records sold in my Etsy Shop two and a half weeks before my goal of New Year's Eve. This makes me a very proud vinyl junkie indeed, proving that the vinyl revival is in full swing, and my little shop did its part in serving up fellow vinyl junkies their much needed fixes.

Two years in the making, I have to admit I had no idea how long it would take to reach such a milestone, as Etsy has changed dramatically in the last two years. I have learned SO much, and am proud to say I am one of the most successful vinyl shops there. An unbelievable amount of hard work has finally begun to pay off, with this year's growth far surpassing last year. In the coming year, I hope my shop will continue to grow with the help of this here blog, but I certainly couldn't do it without you, dear readers and fellow vinyl junkies! So cheers to the vinyl revival! Let's make 2012 the biggest jump in vinyl sales to date. Support your local record shops and online vendors, and keep spinning those black pancakes! Viva Vinyl!


Guest Post From VinylRecordSearch.com: Why Do People Keep Buying Vinyl Records?

Photo by  James Debono   
Today's guest post asks the question: Why Do People Keep Buying Vinyl Records? Excellent question indeed, with some good answers. Also, if you're looking for some old vinyl records for sale, this site provides you with a helpful search engine to assist you in building your vinyl collection. Enjoy!

Why do people keep buying vinyl records??

With more than 3 million vinyl records being sold on eBay every year, vinyl record collecting is definitely not dead! But with the rapid evolution from tapes to CDs to digital downloads, why on earth do people still continue to buy and love the large physical music medium that is the vinyl record?

The Love of the Music

Many collectors will tell you that they collect certain records simply for the love of the music. If you know any record collectors, or are a record collector yourself, then you might understand the passion that a person can have for a certain genre or artist that leads that person to want to own every release from an artist. But surely the same could be said for a music CD, right? Wrong. Music revolutions took place in the 50s, 60s and 70s, and during these periods singles and albums were released on vinyl records. This means that vinyl records represent the original masterpieces.


An artist’s voice or even a few seconds of an instrumental break in a song can send you right back to a certain time in your life. As a collector, having the record available to play again and again is not only comforting, it is also like a celebration of times gone by. A song or album can trigger happy, sad or romantic memories and the fact that music can have such a magical effect on the brain is one of the reasons that collectors love their vinyl collections so much.

The Sound

People that no longer buy vinyl records might wrinkle their nose at someone that talks about that unique vinyl record sound. But, the theory of the superior record sound is grounded in science! Whilst a digital recording takes snapshots of sound waves and then tries to map out the waves based on these snapshots, vinyl records emanate analog sound waves, which are produced in their entirety. There is no guess work when it comes to a vinyl record recording. Additionally, those scratches, hisses, pops and clicks all add to the perfection of that vinyl record sound!

Vinyl record treasures

The feeling that you get when you finally find that last piece to your ultimate collection is quite indescribable. Taking a step back and viewing your collection – no matter how small or vast - can just be wonderful! Furthermore, if a record is rare and in high demand, collectors will spend whatever it takes to add that record to their collection. On the flip side this means that collecting vinyl records can bring in some huge bounties. Full record collections or even individual records can fetch hundreds or even thousands of dollars/euros/pounds! That is if you can part with that gem of a collection!


Knowing who you are and where you come from is something we can all relate to, and music is a great way to understand your identity. The vinyl records that you collect will say a lot about you are and what you relate to.
We have passed through many music eras and the most popular music medium has changed significantly from generation to generation. One thing can be said for vinyl records, and that is that they represent emotion, passion and a genuine love for music.

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Holiday Album Feature #1: The Ventures' Christmas Album

Here begins a new series of posts I'll be doing on some of my favorite Holiday records. I have several coming up, so stay tuned because I promise they will all be very different. We'll begin with The Ventures' Christmas Album:

This is not your everyday, run-of-the-mill Christmas album. The brilliance behind it is that aside from being by the amazing Ventures, each song begins as a mega hit by other famous artists, then turns into a favorite Holiday classic. Let me explain...

Sleigh Ride begins with the opening strains of Walk, Don't Run; Snow Flakes starts as She's Not There by the Zombies; and how bitchin' is it that Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town begins as Wooly Bully?! The 'mash-up' theme of the album, released in 1965, was decades before it's time and flawlessly executed by these Surf Rock heroes. Perhaps my favorites are 'Memphis, Tennessee' by Chuck Berry cleverly disguised as 'Jingle Bell Rock' and 'I Feel Fine' by The Beatles becomes 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer'. The coolest of the cool of course is 'Frosty The Snowman', which has 'Tequila' running though it. Sheer genius! Who would have ever thought Surf Guitar Rock could make Christmas music so hip?!

I look forward to bringing you another installment of one of my favorite Holiday albums very soon. If you have some favorites of your own that you'd like to share, I'd love to hear about them!

Happy Holidays everyone, let's keep that vinyl spinnin'!

My Upcoming 1000th Vinyl Sale & Special Requests

Whew! We've just passed the first week in December, and records have been flying out of my Etsy Vinyl Shop like it's the eve of December 2012, heh. Having just hit sale #956, things are looking great to hit the 1000 mark by New Year's Eve. I can't thank all of you enough who have found vinyl treasures for gifts and for yourself, and who have taken advantage of my Holiday Sale and extra coupon code here on my blog. (PSST! It's on the sidebar..)

Which brings me to my next point. This month has provided me with a couple of challenges to find specific titles requested by new and returning buyers. I love a challenge, and invite you to hit me with your best shots. Been looking for something for a long time and can't find it? Ring me up! Contact me by leaving a comment here on the blog, or you can email me at alwritetea@gmail.com. Keep in mind, I mostly deal in used vinyl at least 20 years old or better, because those are the parameters for Etsy. But my eye can't help but go over to the new vinyl to poke around as well, so let me know if there's a holy grail title you've got in mind, I'd be happy to add it to my growing list of commissioned searches.

Well, gotta run. Time to hit up one of my local record shops for a specific request. Stay tuned, there's much more to come before the fat man sings, or uh..comes down the chimney rather...HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! Be safe!

Rare Vinyl & Just Cool Records Extended Sale And Coupon Code

The Holiday shopping season is well under way, and I am definitely in line to hit my 1000th record sale by New Year's as previously predicted. How exciting! You like me! You really, really like me! So in return, I have extended the HOLIDAY SALE in my Etsy Shop to run awhile longer, so everyone can take advantage of the double deal with the sale and coupon code. Remember, the coupon code does NOT expire, so if you miss the Holiday Sale, you can always get a discount by checking out my little blog here. The code is always posted in the sidebar right under my Etsy Shop sampler.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken the time to check out my Etsy Shop, and especially those who have joined my blog, and everyone who takes the time to read my little rants. Hopefully I have posted some helpful and interesting material for you to digest and perhaps learn from and laugh with. My goal for the New Year is to bring you much more of the same, with hopefully some guest posts from other vinyl junkies (all are welcome, just contact me!), sharing my vinyl finds and general commentary. But I promise you this, it will never be boring!

Stay tuned readers, I'm just getting started and there's plenty of places I want to go with this here blog. If anyone has anything particular they would like to learn or read about, just say the word. Have a wonderful Holiday Season, be safe, be thankful and keep playing those slabs of wax we all can't live without.

Crate Digging Etiquette Part 2: R.E.S.P.E.C.T

Yesterday was such a great vinyl hunting day, it warrants two posts. This one is a follow up to a previous post; Crate Digging: Record Shopping With Manners. Hallelujah! There's hope for us yet! While at one of my favorite vinyl haunts I sidled up to the rack, and asked the only other shopper which direction he was going through the stacks (remember that tip from part 1?). He politely told me, then proceeded to thank me for even asking him, saying that most people never do--they just jump in. See people? I'm not just blowing smoke here, I'm actually trying to teach some of you something.

I was so shocked and grateful to have been acknowledged and thanked, it made my shopping experience even better. Combined with the 25% off sale at the local record digs, I made out like a bandit. Perhaps my reward for  exercising proper crate digging etiquette, the Universe saw fit to put the most desirable titles in my path--and enough cash to pay for them! 

Music Is A Mistress

If you have ever been in love with, or lived with a musician, you know that music always comes first--or at least sometimes gets in the way of relationships. Being this kind of tortured soul usually wins out in the end, as it seems I have; even though I'm not a musician in the traditional sense. A successful day of vinyl hunting has brought me treasures of all sorts, and flavors of many kinds. Mmmmmmmm.....

How about we say vinyl is to music, like beautiful, sexy lingerie is to naked women. It's a-a-a-l-l-l good, right? Today, I feel truly vinyl drunk for the first time in a long time; the quality of records I have found are positively off the hook. Artists I don't find much like: Joan Jett, Buzzcocks, The Cure, Nina Simone, Black Sabbath....so far I am keeping them all, sorry to tempt you.

This is where the mistress demands attention. I know when to cherish and hang on to certain albums that come my way, because the mistress is fickle, and she'll play hard to get if she feel slighted in any way. She's also a jealous lover, so give in to her as long as she desires...

It's not often I hear an album that makes me want to be a teenager again, but I heard it today, in spades. It made me feel like if I had experienced this music 25 years ago, my life would be totally different.  It made me remember how people get through their hateful work days, to blow off steam through a cranked stereo and a pair of headphones. It made every day I was sick with stress and worry about money totally worth it. THIS is why I do what I do. THIS is why I suffer. And it's all worthwhile because the mistress is sometimes generous with her affections, she wants you to feel loved. So she can tempt you further with her seductive ways, losing your soul forever in her silky depths. Right?

Spouses and significant others of fellow music lovers; do not let your hearts be troubled. We are slaves to the mistress and cannot be held responsible for our dalliances and infidelities with her. It's just the way it is. Accept it and life will be much easier. Join us and let the mistress seduce you. Resistance is futile.