I may have some excuse for accumulating records or books or even old magazines, but it really is ridiculous some of the other things I've managed to hold on to, such as the stack of record shopping receipts I recently happened upon sitting at the bottom of the many boxes labeled "Misc Crap" stacked in the second bedroom. But rifling through these was a hell of a lot more fun that going through the stack of ancient credit card bills that I fed to the shredder a couple of months back. Maybe because it's easier to focus on the stuff I bought (and still listen to!) rather than think about the amount of money spent.
So below is an incomplete, but perhaps revealing look at some of the many, many records I bought in the Boston area during the spring and summer of 1991, as told through a series of my old receipts. Clicking on the thumbnail image for any receipt will launch a pop-up window containing full-size images of all of 'em.
July 27, 1991 / Second Coming Records
The C's have it here: Crowded House - "Chocolate Cake" single, The Clean - Vehicle LP, something by Alex Chilton and even though it says "Clean" I'm guessing the last item is in fact The Great Unwashed - Clean Out of Our Minds album.
April 1, 1991 / In Your Ear Records
This was Bob's funny way of indicating that two-thirds of the records I bought were on the New Zealand-based Flying Nun label. (Yup, starting to get predictable.) Ah, and there's the friend-of-IYE discount.
June 19, 1991 / Nuggets
I'm not 100% positive of the store here, but I'm guessing this and the receipt below are both from Nuggets. Two items here: The Embarrassment - Retrospective cassette on Fresh Sounds and The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane album.
August 5, 1991 / Nuggets
Given that the first Velvet Crush single was released the previous summer (and I remember buying it at IYE), this would have to be for the second single, "Ash & Earth."
July 30, 1991 / Second Coming Records
More Flying Nun sounds and some classic off-kilter pop: The Bats - "Made Up In Blue" 12" single and Game Theory - Lolita Nation double LP.
May 26, 1991 / Second Coming Records
This is the best receipt, a triple-whammy of Chills, Verlaines and Go-Betweens. Specifically, The Chills - "Part Past Part Fiction" 7" single, The Verlaines - 10 O'Clock in the Afternoon EP and The Go-Betweens - Before Hollywood LP. I distinctly remember this particular shopping trip: fishing the single out from the plexiglass housing where all 7"es were kept, checking the label on the Verlaines to see that -- yup -- it's an original pressing, and jumping with joy over finding the Go-Betweens record, which was a bit pricey due to its being a brand-new, sealed Australian reissue on Red Eye Records.
Posted by nstop at October 22, 2002 01:13 AM