Musings on the byways of popular culture
20/10/2015 by minibreakfast 70 Comments
20/10/2015 at 18:41
I found this scrap of paper inside the sleeve of a record I bought at the weekend (I might give Dave a bell later) and it got me thinking about the odd things I’ve found lurking alongside used records over the years.
In particular I was reminded about this I found note written on the inner sleeve of an album I bought last year:
and the reply:
Poor Liam. And I wonder if Steve ever did “finish off” the jemmy, whatever/whoever that was.
What curious things have you found tucked in with used LPs, cassettes or CDs?
20/10/2015 at 18:44
Second para should of course read “this note I found”, not “this I found note”!
20/10/2015 at 18:46
And what is the mysterious “107” that he’s borrowed?
20/10/2015 at 20:56
It might be the N107 double-tip stylus for ceramic cartridges, with a 78 stylus on one side and a microgroove (LP) stylus on the other. I think my mum’s old Dansette uses one.
Really, why do I remember this stuff?
20/10/2015 at 18:50
I used to wok in a shop which had a record collection for playing in store. It wasn’t a record shop. On occasion I’d borrow albums to tape and discovered the owner’s Cocaine stash in a copy of Elvis Costello Goes To Washington But Dave Edmunds Doesn’t. On returning both items he thanked me as he couldn’t remember where he’d put it
20/10/2015 at 19:37
Lodestone of Wrongness says
20/10/2015 at 20:15
Borrowed a Bobby Vee record from my new sister-in-law (’twas a hundred years ago). Inside was a note to my brother describing their first night of passion. I got to the second sentence before placing it back inside the cover. Shiver, double shiver and yeeuch!
Vulpes Vulpes says
21/10/2015 at 06:46
I treasure the 10×8 b&w photo of Gram Parsons and accompanying press sheet, which i found tucked inside my promo copy of GP.
21/10/2015 at 06:58
Well, so far we have sex, drugs and promo stuff.
Black Celebration says
21/10/2015 at 07:23
Do you remember this one?
To cut a long story short, a bloke found Marvin Gaye’s passport in a record sleeve that he’d bought for 50c.
H.P. Saucecraft says
21/10/2015 at 07:31
Waaaaay back when I was going through my minibreakfast years of bootsales and fleamarkets with the haunted look of the Vinyl Addict, I found a slip of paper with Paul McCartney’s autograph and (I think) the message “All the best!”, or something along those lines. This was pre-web, so I could only do limited research, but the other examples of his autograph I was able to find looked the same as mine, exactly.
So – what happened to it? I lost it.
21/10/2015 at 07:54
What album was it in ?
21/10/2015 at 08:00
I suspect Black Lace’s ‘Party Time’.
21/10/2015 at 08:07
I can’t remember. It wasn’t a Beatles album (*shudder*), it may just have been a Maccasolo.
21/10/2015 at 07:56
“H.P.Saucecraft – the minibreakfast years.”
Would you like sauce on your minibreakfast?
21/10/2015 at 08:03
I was expecting a THWACK! at the very least
21/10/2015 at 08:09
My feather duster is currently at the repair shop (I broke it on HP’s thigh).
Johnny Concheroo says
21/10/2015 at 08:17
Oo-er missus! Broke it on his thigh indeed!
GCU Grey Area says
21/10/2015 at 09:17
21/10/2015 at 09:36
CREVICE TOOL!!!! UR a gniuos mate LOL
21/10/2015 at 10:13
I’m rolfing like it’s the 1970s here, GCU!
And thanks again for pumpkin-ing out my avi. You are indeed a genius.
21/10/2015 at 09:35
That wasn’t my thigh, Mrs B.
21/10/2015 at 10:15
This thread is descending into filth.
Oh, wait – it’s MY thread? CARRY ON!!
21/10/2015 at 10:52
Pumpkining out my avi. Hur, hur, hur. Surely?
27/10/2015 at 21:18
@moose-the-mooche, I really miss you. Please come back.
27/10/2015 at 21:20
aging hippy says
21/10/2015 at 11:32
Don’t genuine Macca sigs have to include a little “thumbs up” cartoon?
21/10/2015 at 12:19
An image search says not.
21/10/2015 at 15:01
Each of the Fabs could do the others’ signatures. Maybe you had a Ringo one!!
21/10/2015 at 07:49
I think I read somewhere that about 35% of second hand ABBA singles bought off of eBay have a hand-written dedication on the label or sleeve from an ex-boyfriend who hadn’t listened to the lyrics of the song.
Of which, 29% are signed by you. I’m guessing.
21/10/2015 at 13:28
Are we talking 29% of the 35% or 29% of the 100%? Because if it’s the latter, brother you’re WAY OUT.
22/10/2015 at 01:00
I’m talking 29% of the 29%. That’s 35% of the 100%.
21/10/2015 at 10:21
That reminds me of this dedication written on the inner sleeve of a copy of St. Dom’ Preview I got from a chazza earlier this year. I’m guessing it started out inside a Beach Boys comp or similar.
21/10/2015 at 10:48
Then there’s things slipped inside by some retailers. Woolies staff used to place a sticker inside the outer sleeve with the date of sale hand written on it.
21/10/2015 at 11:18
“slipped inside” – WAHEY!!
Sorry JWQ, that’s actually quite an interesting fact. I’ve calmed down now. A bit.
21/10/2015 at 11:37
In a copy of Sgt. Pepper’s that I have there are loads of 1967 press clippings about the Beatles, including a particularly condescending piece by Quintin Hogg M.P.
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21/10/2015 at 11:39
Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!
Lovely stuff, Jimmy.
hubert rawlinson says
21/10/2015 at 18:02
A rasher of bacon, sorry that was a library book.
22/10/2015 at 14:50
You’re lucky my Thwackme Tickler is in the shop.
21/10/2015 at 19:38
21/10/2015 at 19:54
22/10/2015 at 14:15
I found a photo in my recent charity shop Nana LP. I’m thinking of taking it to the Antiques Roadshow in 50 years time.
22/10/2015 at 14:48
How old are you again, Beany?
As old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth.
26/10/2015 at 12:33
Little-known pop fact: Nana Mouskouri had no sense of smell. From birth.
27/10/2015 at 21:17
Technically, your teeth were present at birth. They just weren’t on show.
27/10/2015 at 21:19
Ah yes, but @beany ‘s current teeth came from a charity shop.
27/10/2015 at 22:40
Steady now. I hear Tijuana LPs burn rather well on bonfires.
26/10/2015 at 10:07
Bit late to this one mini and it’s not even an LP sleeve.
I recently found this Elvis Costello Australian tour programme from late 1978 (possibly his first Aussie tour)
Inside was an interesting flyer (below). It seems that the Perth concert was to be cut short because Elvis had to leave early to catch an 11.45 flight. The flyer is written in quite angry passionate terms and I’m guessing someone was handing them out outside the venue before the show.
It’s great how it’s still possible to read someone’s anger after almost 40 years.
In the programme text there are a few interesting things about Elvis’s life which don’t quite tally with the book we’ve been talking about recently (eg his dad used to take him along to recording sessions by The Beatles, Stones, Hollies etc). Some embroidery going on there I suspect.
Elvis 2 of 3
26/10/2015 at 12:35
Written by a certain kind of creep, you ask me.
26/10/2015 at 13:21
His indents/parsing on the old Remington leave a lot to be desired if you ask me
26/10/2015 at 13:38
He typed that on a Fuzz-Away™?
(Nice arty-facts btw, JC.)
26/10/2015 at 13:52
Even though they invented the QWERTY keyboard system, Remington no longer make typewriters, sadly. These days they turn out stuff like the Remington WetTech Nose & Ear Trimmer
Meanwhile, here’s the great Freddie King with Remington Ride
26/10/2015 at 10:08
Elvis 3 of 3
Junior Wells says
26/10/2015 at 10:48
could have done with that bloke outside the Fall concert I saw last Friday
26/10/2015 at 11:33
“Why are we paying ten dollars a ticket to be treated with contempt?”
26/10/2015 at 13:41
We want our intervals! And the lady with a tray serving ice creams wouldn’t go amiss
26/10/2015 at 13:56
Albatross! Get your Albatross here! Stormy Petrel on a stick!
26/10/2015 at 13:58
I wonder if that happens during the interval at a Fleetwood Mac concert?
26/10/2015 at 14:04
I’m still kicking myself after spotting Clint Eastwood at a Costello gig for not going to foyer and returning to give him a Magnum
26/10/2015 at 14:05
I expect she’d also have on her tray boxes of Black Magic and cans of Tango (in the night).
26/10/2015 at 14:13
Or a Penguin, perhaps?
26/10/2015 at 16:15
I used to sell ice creams during the interval at concerts held at The Free Trade Hall in Manchester in the 70s, one of the best jobs I ever had cos got to see loads of bands.
No trays though we had to make do with a make shift counter to see our wares…..
27/10/2015 at 19:58
Blimey. I’ve got loads of tickets from the gigs I went to at the old FTH. You may have sold me a Mivvi at Mott The Hoople.
27/10/2015 at 21:43
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