I don’t know why this has chosen this precise moment to come forth from the recesses of my mind, but whilst I’m sitting here watching Michael Kiwanuka’s performance at Glastonbury I started thinking about some of the odd records I used to have when I still had my vinyl collection (oh how I wish I could have some of it back!). I had all the usual picture discs, shaped picture discs, double grooved records, singles with etchings on the other side, flexidiscs and what have you, but the particular one that sprung to mind was a record by Eighth Wonder. I can’t remember which single it was, because I never managed to listen to it and I only bought it for the novelty value, because it was a 3 inch vinyl record.
The reason I never played it was that my record player at the time was one where the arm would automatically lift and go back to its rest at the end of a record. As the start of the single in question was nearer to the spindle than the runout groove on 7 or 12 inch records, any attempt to drop the stylus on it just caused the automatic eject function to kick in before the song started playing. They didn’t think it through did they. That said, I can’t imagine the sound quality would have been much cop, cramming all those grooves on to a tiny little record.
Can anybody reassure me that my memory is not going and that some useless 3 inch vinyl singles did hit the market. Did anybody else buy one? And did anybody ever get one to play?