Today is the 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day. My daughter and I didn’t get up too early to head down to our local record stores, but it was early for us on a Saturday. We left the house around 8am to get to Lunchbox Records which was to open at 9am. We knew it would be crowded, but we had NO IDEA!!!!
We arrived around 8:40am and the place was absolutely PACKED!! The line stretched around another building and turned and started going down the street. There had to be over 200 people in line. I am not a patient man, so this didn’t sit well with me. I decided to head over to Repo Records as they would normally open at 10am and I would see what their line looked like. Luckily it was just down the street about 5-8 minutes.
We arrived around 8:45-50 (I don’t remember exactly and it is really not key to the story). The line was really good. It had only about 40 people, so we figured we would wait it out. It turns out they had just opened and were only letting a few people in at a time so we timed it perfectly.
The line moved at a pretty good pace and we were probably in by 9:15. The place was crowded inside, but not bad at all. My main purpose for the trip was I wanted the Def Leppard E.P. which is a re-release of their original E.P. from 1979. I just knew they would be gone by the time we got in.
So, I finally decided on a few albums and checked out. With our purchase, Repo Records gave us a little goody bag and a poster to commemorate Record Store Day (which is the cover picture for the article). The goody bag had some interesting little items including…
A turntable cover with the record store logo…
A copy of Mojo magazine from September 2003 (why 2003 I have no idea as this was the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day and that would put us in 2007).
The most useful and crucial item goody in the bag was a Repo Record’s Fly Swatter!!! Yes, you read that correctly, a Repo Record’s Fly Swatter. The Red Edition!!!
That completely made the long drive and standing in line so worth it!!
Ok, not really. My purchases made that long drive and standing in line so worth it. Did I get the Def Leppard E.P….Damn straight!!! (Mike Ladano – I could only buy one of any album so I couldn’t pick you up a copy).
I also picked up a couple other nice little albums. Cheap Trick’s The Epic Archive Vol. 1 1975-1979.
And finally, David Bowie – Cracked Actor Live Los Angeles ’74.
There are a few more I would have liked, but money doesn’t grow on trees. However, I am pleased with these purchases and will do a review on each of them in due time. Anyway, I wanted to share my finds. If you participated today in Record Store Day, leave me a comment and let me know what you picked up. Until then, Have a wonderful and Happy Record Store Day!!