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