Over the weekend we set up a pioneer component stereo system that we have on loan. It came with a record player, which even had a needle on it. this wouldn’t normally be worth mentioning, after all many hard-core musicos still play vinyl by preference. But for me its been very interesting. See as long as I’ve been with him (which by the way will be 20 years this time next year), Nick’s been dragging around a beer crate of records – which he’s never played in all that time – even though for the first 8-10 years we did have a record-capable stereo.

Last year I even went through and made a list of them with the (mutual) expectation of dragging them to the second-hand record place and selling the lot. Nick was even informed that some might be worth a bit.

Anyway, he’s been playing some of them. Its been quite a revelation. And I’ve been quite enjoying them, mostly. There was quite a fun track on one with a woman singing about her car. I’m hoping to borrow a USB player from a colleague and rip them, now that limited format-shifting is legal (in NZ). He’ll probably be playing them at out house warming.

Here’s the list

Public Image (PiL) This is not a love song: special edition
The Damned The Black Album
The Damned Music for Pleasure
The Damned Strawberries
The Damned Machine Gun Etiquette
Buzzcocks A different kind of tension
Lou Reed Growing Up In Public
Lou Reed Transformer
The Velvet Underground White Light / White Heat
The Fall 77 – Early Years – 79
The Fall The Fall Live
Bauhaus 4AD
New Order Substance
Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart
Joy Division Closer
Jefferson Airplane The Worst of Jefferson Airplance
Blue Sunshine The Glove
The Cure Boys don’t cry
Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth
Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady
Shriekback Limited edition
King Swamp King Swamp
Shriekback Jam Science
Shriekback Big Night Music
Shriekback The Infinte
Shriekback Care
The Pogues Red Roses for Me
The Pogues Rum, Sodomy and the Lash
Warren Zevon A Quiet Normal Life
redskins Keep on Keepin’ On
Shriekback Oil and gold
John Cooper Clarke Me and My Big Mouth
David Bowie Ziggy Stardust the motion picture
Bronski Beat Smalltown Boy
Talking Heads True Stories
Talking Heads Little Creatures
Yello 1980 – 1985 The New Mix in One Go
Talking Heads Stop Making Sense
Split Enz Waiata
Split Enz Time and Tide
No Idea Class War
Southern Front
The Newz Heard the Newz
Goats Milk Soap