A glimpse into Record Store Day 2016

Following on from a successful Brighton Music Conference, I decided to spend my last moments in the seaside town finding out what was occurring at the local music shops on Record Store Day. On a cold but sunny Saturday morning I headed over to Resident Records to see how busy the store was. The last time I visited Resident was a couple of years ago when it was still relatively small and since its expansion I didn’t expect to find a queue snaking its way down Kensington Gardens.

IMG_2139The store was packed with avid music fans and vinyl lovers. While speaking with a few of the shoppers hoping that their picks of the day weren’t going to sell out, a member of staff emerges from the back with a clipboard and reads out the records which already have. This creates a certain air of tension when he continues to reappear. Some of these fanatics have been queuing since 7:30am hoping they aren’t told that the record they turned up especially to purchase has just sold out.

There is particularly hype for Bowie’s ‘1966’ for obvious reasons and the long-shelved J Dilla album ‘The Diary’. As I arrived it was revealed that Record Store Day Ambassadors, Metallica’s special Bataclan live album had sold its final copy.

It’s wonderful to see different generations gathered together and dedicated to trying to purchase coveted pieces of art. Even when a sudden downpour of rain and hail starts to fall and the umbrellas come out, the patient anxiety continues.

There is something to be sought in all genres and IMG_2137while some people are here for a specific style, others have an eclectic taste and are wanting to get their hands on a few different pieces. Tony is one of those who has been here since the early hours and says “I’m here for the Deftones [‘B-Sides and Rarities’], Clutch [‘Mad Sidewinder”/”Outland Special Clearance’] and Star Wars [The Force Awakens Soundtrack].” The mention of Star Wars prompts the young man in front to mention he’s hoping to get his hands on the ‘Dr Who: Genesis of the Daleks LP’.

There’s such an encouraging variety of special editions and re-releases and people who desperately want them. I spoke with Christian of Resident who was one of the many staff working hard to keep the day flowing smoothly:

C: “We’ve been here since about 6:30 after a busy day of preparation yesterday”.
W2L: “What have been the most popular records of the day?”
C: “Bowie’s been popular of course, as has Bob Dylan. Also the soundtracks, so Requiem for a Dream and Star Wars have been on a lot of wish lists”
W2l: “Iggy and the Stooges…”
C: “Yeah Iggy and also Mew of which there are only 2000 copies”

As I leave I talk to a few more enthusiasts, some punk fans wanting Beach Slang’s ‘Broken Thrills’ and a house fan called Dan hoping to get 808 State’s ‘Pacific’ on 12” vinyl.

It’s wonderful to see different generations gathered together and dedicated to trying to purchase coveted pieces of art. Even when a sudden downpour of rain and hail starts to fall and the umbrellas come out, the patient anxiety continues.

 

By Will Hunt