Just Cool Records Blog Hits 15,000 Views and Etsy Vinyl Shop is Open!

This past week has indeed been a roller coaster of the scariest kind; my Etsy Vinyl Shop was temporarily closed due to a billing problem (ahem), which meant the largest section of my income was on hold for an undetermined amount of time. I am most definitely the kind of person who doesn't put all their eggs in one basket so to speak, but my Etsy Shop does provide the majority of my income...which isn't by any means vast as it is. Needless to say I was in a bit of a panic.

But the shop has been reinstated, and I am again open for business! I have been amassing some AMAZING titles for you, so I hope you'll check it out. You can enter my shop by the above link, the tab near the top of the page, or by the widget on the side bar and at the very bottom of the page. Don't forget to use the COUPON CODE located in the sidebar before checking out on Etsy. This will give you a little discount as my way of saying thank you for reading my little vinyl blog. Speaking of which...

My little vinyl blog has just reached 15,000 views! It may not seem like much to most, but I consider it a huge milestone, and worthy accomplishment. As I near the one year anniversary of the blog (in November) I will have a special give away contest, so stay tuned for that. My hope is to continue to bring you interesting tidbits, rare titles, my personal favorites and major news all revolving around the world of VINYL. As the record continues to climb in popularity (again), there should be plenty of cool posts to come. Stay tuned, won't you?

I just want to say an extra THANK YOU to all who have read, and continue to read this here blog. It's something I never thought I would get into, but I'm very glad I have. Viva vinyl!

Vinyl Spotlight: Back to the Eighties: Quips, Quotes and Brat Pack Classics

Having finally acquired a copy for my vinyl shop, I thought it would be fun to do a little feature on this particular record: Back To The Eighties: Party Loops and Movie Dialogue. Never before have I come across such a complete collection of hilarious moments from the most classic of 80's teen angst and brat pack films we all know and love. 

OK, so it's probably a bootleg. And I'm not normally one to condone bootlegs, but in this case I don't care. This record needs to be shared for all my fellow 80's nerds (quite literally!) out there. And to be perfectly honest, the care with which all of the cuts have been compiled is astonishing. Someone spent a lot of time putting this together, and it needs to be celebrated.

Filled with hilarious lines, sound effects, rude noises and snippets from classic 80's pop hits, it is without a doubt the perfect adult party album. DJ's will love the breaks, beats and loops, but it's not just for DJ's either. You can listen straight through, and make a game out of who can correctly name the film each section comes from. There will be a few that will stump you!

There are plenty of sex and drug references, rude noises and name-calling, just so you are aware. It may be best not to let Grandma in on this trip down memory lane...

Swinging Summertime With The King: Elvis Soundtracks On Vinyl

Fun in Acapulco 1963
Perhaps there's no logical explanation for the fact that I equate Elvis soundtracks with summertime. Maybe it's because he's either singing about Vegas, or Acapulco, or Hawaii, or some other place where it's pretty much always summertime. And even though I prefer my summers cool, dark and vampire laden (no, not the Twilight kind) I always find myself pulling out all of my Elvis soundtracks for a few spins on the ol' turntable.

The following soundtracks are in no particular order, they're just a few of my favorites out of the endless string of cheesy Elvis movies where he was forced to perform like a trained monkey. Still, I watch them because I like Elvis, he was badass. And of course for the fab clothing, hair, makeup and shoes of his many leading ladies. Still on the hunt for Viva Las Vegas, which appears to be quite rare on vinyl. Ah well, one day it will find itself in my grubby little mitts. For now, enjoy the few I have here for your viewing pleasure...
Long Live The King!

King Creole 1958

Girl Happy 1965

Blue Hawaii 1961

Girls! Girls! Girls! 1962

Spinout 1966

And just because I don't have Viva Las Vegas yet doesn't mean it can't be included here in some form or another. Enjoy and happy summer!

80's Bands Better Than Their Top 40 Hits On Vinyl: Talk Talk

Now don't get me wrong here, I know Talk Talk has enjoyed plenty of success, and their hits are all great. But for the purpose of this post series, I like to focus on 'rediscovering' these popular 80's bands because of what wasn't played on the radio. Which, by the way, kicks way more ass than the songs that enjoyed excessive airplay. So this post is about Talk Talk's It's My Life album from 1984...

I won't go as far to say that this is a solid album through and through. There are a few songs I tend to skip or 'tune out' when playing it on vinyl. But there are not many I don't like. And in fact, side one is a perfect side. What is most appealing to me about this album is its darkness, moodiness...what I like to call 'functional' music. Starting off with 'Dum Dum Girl' was an interesting choice for the band to make as its side one track one, and I applaud them for it. If 'Renee' doesn't find you on the couch with your tongue down your sweetie's throat, well then I can't help you.

Side two is pretty damn great with the stand out track being 'Call In The Night Boy'. Why the hell hadn't I heard that before??! 'Tomorrow Started' is another naked-inducing track which again, surprises me by being at the top of side two. But perhaps Talk Talk understands something about song placement that I don't. Regardless, works for me.

Believe it or not, 'Talk Talk' is still probably my most favorite Talk Talk song, but this album represents close seconds. At least until I get my hands on a copy of their debut album, 'The Party's Over'. Heh.