Record the Day
Record the Day
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A year has spun around since the last Record Store Day, so stores, labels, and enthusiasts around the globe are gearing up for another celebration of the collision of music and vinyl that takes place on Saturday 19 April. And today’s photo, taken at Holy Cow Records, located underneath the Market at Pike Place Hillclimbwalk, being one of the many RSD venues from around the globe that will be holding events at their store on the day. 


Although the digital revolution certainly has stymied the survival of record stores worldwide, it never managed to completely eradicate their influence. In fact, vinyl sales are storming up the charts for the sixth year in a row, with more than six million sold in 2013, according to multiple industry reports. That’s not too much of a shocker, given that vinyl’s skyward trend has been accompanied by the seven-year run of RSD, the annual April event geared toward getting music fans off their smartphones and into brick-and-mortar shops – that look a lot like the one John Cusack had in High Fidelity – to pick up limited and special edition LPs.


As I said in an earlier blog entry, Vinyl Tap, that celebrated the 65th anniversary of the 45 rpm single back in March, Scottish popsters Sally Carr with Middle of the Road was one of my musical guilty pleasures when I was growing up in the 1970s. Part of the reason – actually a lot of the reason – had to do with leggy blonde lead singer Sally and her extremely short and very tight hot pants. She was the epitome of early Seventies style and fashion. And her voice was pretty good too!


I well record the day back in 1971 when I used all of my pocket-money to buy my first vinyl single –  Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep by Sally Carr and Middle of the Road – at my local record shop, Sound Developments, in Kirkintilloch. Ah, dear old Kirky, where they even had a dedicated record shop in the town before they had a pub!


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