Illustration by Joan Burr from "Sign Boards", 1933
Saturday was the 3nd annual Record Store Day, the highest of high holy days for those who want to prop up an outdated business model way past its expiration date. And I count myself among those people. It's true that I buy 90% of my music online, but I love record stores. I've always loved record stores, and I could happily spend an hour or more a day flipping through used CDs and LPs. So I went down to my local record store on Saturday to join in the fun - many artists put out exclusive releases for Record Store Day, and stores were offering a variety of other attractions. My local store didn't have any exciting-looking exclusives, but they were offering $2 off every CD. So I paid $1 for a Holsapple/Stamey CD I've had my eye on and picked up a couple other things as well. The local chain of independent stores seems to be doing okay, rolling with the punches and finding new ways to pick up business. Hopefully, there'll be still be a record store to go to a year from now when Record Store Day comes around again.
I scoured my collection for a song about record shopping but came up empty. The best I can do is "Girl in the Golden Disc" by my favorite Brit power-poppers, the Records. I think it's about being in love with a girl who hangs around the record store - this seems like a common issue that nerdy guys deal with. There was even a big news story on it a few years back. Listen closely to the chorus, and you'll hear the moment that Fountains of Wayne based their entire sound on.
"Girl in the Golden Disc" by the Records