October 22, 2002

Two Cents Plus Tax

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.

Second Coming receipt #1

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.

In Your Ear receipt

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.

Nuggets receipt #1

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.

Nuggets receipt #2

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."

Second Coming receipt #2

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.

Second Coming receipt #3

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


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Posted by: martin on October 22, 2002 02:18 AM

I gotta stop posting on your blog. I'm starting to look like your biggest fan. which is funny cause when you post on my blog you look like my only friend.

Posted by: martin on October 22, 2002 02:20 AM

If you stop posting on mine, then I'll stop posting on yours, nyah nyah. C'mon, I think we probably have enough lurkers on our sites, so *someone* has to keep up the conversation...

Posted by: nstop on October 22, 2002 05:20 PM

I should have said "stop posting so often." that's what I meant. it was 2:20 am for crying out loud. right after that I fell asleep in a puddle of my own drool with my own foot in the middle of my back. (that's my new euphemism for sleeping alone.)

if the logs are to be trusted, I have a motherload of lurkers from a curiously silent IP cluster called aol.com.

I did get a comment post today from a band called faruk green cause I had mentioned them in one of the "listening pleasure at time of post" things on one of my posts. it's one of the recent emusic downloads that I went and found on cd after I heard it. I figure since they are such amiable cats, I'd mention it to you... and their cd is good too. at least I like it.

Posted by: martin on October 22, 2002 11:50 PM

Nuggets was the place that had the generic letter separators in strict alphabetical order, yes?

Posted by: beachy on October 28, 2002 08:07 PM

Hmm, I'm not sure if I remember that particular detail. The did have a lot of (LP) separators for specific artists, though, since they did (maybe still do) have tons of vinyl. Oh, and this would be the Nuggets on Beacon Street in Kenmore Square, not the one in Brookline near Coolidge Corner.

Posted by: nstop on October 29, 2002 01:11 AM

I've not been to Nuggets for years and my memory's getting a bit fuzzy, but I'm pretty sure the Kenmore Square store must've had on obsessive compulsive on staff with a alphabetizing fetish. I always appreciated that.

Posted by: beachy on October 29, 2002 10:32 AM

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