Some of my fondest childhood memories are of sitting in my parents’ ‘back room’ listening to their vast collection of vinyl. My favourites included Abba’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2, The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band and the soundtrack to Jesus Christ Superstar. My friends and I used to make up dance routines to Summer Night City by Abba during sleepovers, and I remember memorising the lyrics to Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds that were printed on the back cover of Sgt Pepper as studiously as if I were cramming for an exam. When I started to receive pocket money, my sister and I would go to the big Asda in Bearsden and buy a single of whatever song we liked that week. £1.99 for a 45 – my first two being Knocking on Heavens Door by Guns n’ Roses and Suicide is Painless by Manic Street Preachers. The latter, I sold at a decent profit 10 years later.
Feeling nostalgic, I recently bought a beautiful Crosley Cruiser suitcase record player. It’s sky blue and fits perfectly with my living room colour scheme. I have a grand total of 5 albums. All by The Smiths and/or Morrissey. One single by The Smiths, and one LP by The Voice of the Beehive. A limited collection, but one that I plan on adding to. I would have loved to borrow some of my parents records but alas, at the introduction of CDs they offloaded their entire collection to charity. I hope someone out there is cherishing their Beatles records and that they are not too annoyed with the scratch half-way through Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight).
I am currently looking for a record cabinet of some sort with vinyl storage, and enough space to hold both my record player and my Sonos speaker. I found some cute ones on Urban Outfitters. Which one do you like?