So how did you get on at the weekend? Go to a fair as a seller or buyer? How did you do? Our stall at the VIP fair did well; thanks to all who bought from it and who came up to say hello. We were also pleased that there was a decent turnout for the Aubrey Small gig on Saturday night, which featured a band rider of sandwiches made by Ian Shirley, evil breadhead of the Rare Record Price Guide. If you ask me, the ham ones were too expensive, and far too little was expected for the cheese and pickle. Just last week I sold a cheese and pickle sarnie on eBay for £422.77 in VG+ condition, yet he was saying it was only worth 88p in Mint. Typical. Mind you, who’d want a cheese, pickle and mint sandwich? Here’s some more Cheese & pickle; contains flashing images, but if you can sit through the distortion long enough to reach them, you’re a better man than I.
Todays’ the day that the new edition of RC hits the shops, with The Smithson the cover. Something else mentioned on the front is the fact that we still have thousands of records listed for sale inside. records for decades, on and off, from the pages of RC. One reason why is that the sellers who list their wares in the magazine are not an unknown quantity. The fact that they sell through RC means that they know their way around grading a record; they are not chancers who found a pile in a skip and for whom the word “Ex” is just a way of mentioning their former missus. Another reason is that there are still a lot of curious, hard-to-find records in our classifieds. As one collector to another, I urge you to go through them and see what you can find. You might be surprised by what’s there.
Do you have “blind spots” where a particular kind of music has totally passed you by? One of mine is surf music. I know little about it although I could pick it out in an identity parade if I was mugged on Southend seafront by a twangy guitar and a beating tom-tom. I remember going to the Vintage Record Centre in Roman Way, North London (what a shop: those were the days) and they always had stuff like this in stock, but it surfed right over my head. A related area that passed me by was the whole beach movie phenomenon, which spread out to include other genres (great acting, Mr Brown) in a bid to keep it going. I’ve been thinking about this because we’ve been working on a story about the British Invasion and it mentioned the parodies of British acts going to the US, which included Frankie Avalon as the Potato Bug (hey, dat’s like da Beedles, huh?), in Bikini Beach. They do have their musical moments (a juvenile Stevie Wonder is in the movie) but it’s hard to believe that kids once flocked to see these things. Now, even Frankie’s parody is open to parody: weird that it works somehow. Maybe I’ll get time to absorb this stuff properly when I am retired and living in Malibu or San Diego and this music fits the scenery… maybe!
Have a great week, thank you for reading this and Record Collector,