Second-hand vinyl: July/Aug roundup

Last month I purchased some absolute gems for our record player. (Technically vinyl is plastic but I sort of excuse myself as it is all second-hand). At the beginning of the month I picked up two classic albums from the early eighties: Paul Young’s No Parlez (1983) and Adam & The Ants’ Prince Charming (1981). Both cost £2 from charity shops.


Adam & the Ants’ is even a gatefold album:


This is the first time I’ve owned work by either artist and, listening to it on the turntable, it has made me realise a) what a great voice Paul Young has and b) how innovative Adam & the Ants were – although they still sang what is essentially pop music.

Moving on from these purchases I spent a whopping £2 on vinyl for my husband’s birthday (plus other presents – I’m not that tight). They included 7 inch and 12 inch records and are rather like a snapshot of his early life (and mine). There’s the original Wombles single from 1973:


Then two one-hit wonders from 1985 and 1991:


And the 12 inches are a real find. Like the second-hand clothing I pick up from time to time I can’t help but wonder about the original owner(s). They must be a similar age to me and I’m impressed that they would own what are among the biggest hits of 1984,5 and 6:

Pet Shop Boys' 'West End Girls'; Madonna's 'Papa Don't Preach'; Tears for Fears' 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World'

Pet Shop Boys’ ‘West End Girls’; Madonna’s ‘Papa Don’t Preach’; Tears for Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’

Needless to say when hubby unwrapped the vinyl he was very happy!

8 thoughts on “Second-hand vinyl: July/Aug roundup

    • The record player we picked up at Christmas wasn’t that pricey and I’ve spotted a few second hand ones on sale. Coupled with being able to pick up cheap vinyl in charity shops it’s feasible to start playing records again if you’re interested.

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