A funny thing happened to me on the way to the car earlier this week. Time travel, almost; certainly in my mind’s eye. Returning to the car after whiling away an hour or so whilst my oldest son attended an interview at a prospective college, I found myself with an hour to kill and almost missing the Rough Trade shop in Lace Market.
“Almost” is the operative word. Had I known it was there previously, we would have missed out on a fine Tapas lunch. Since reacquiring a turntable, I find myself falling back in line with the experience of record shopping and forgoing the completest nature which CDs bring out in me.
Especially deluxe versions which contain all known mixes of a song plus the original demo and 15 remixes of that, as well as a recording from an obscure Latvian concert which has never previously been released. But I’ve got the bootleg…
That kind of completeness isn’t a joy when looking at a 5″ square piece of plastic. There’s something infinitely more pleasurable in flicking through racks of records than CDs. Apparently record shops don’t have overnight security guards – the pay might be rubbish but it comes with access to a great record collection.
There was also a rite of passage in this visit. My oldest son bought me a record. A proper record, a vinyl; not a CD but an LP. Unknown Pleasures since you wondered, replacing a worn out of the original release.
That’s the bizarre thing about vinyl. For a few years I hadn’t had a turntable – about five or six – but I couldn’t bring myself to part with the collection of lps and singles. I have no idea why.
So to this playlist. 2003; it feels like it’s taken 2003 years to publish but here we go. Enjoy.
|Big Sur||The Thrills|
|Don’t Think You’re the First||The Coral|
|The Red Rocks Of Spain||The Men They Couldn’t Hang|
|Red Morning Light||Kings of Leon|
|Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead||Ted Leo and the Pharmacists|
|Expo ’86||Death Cab for Cutie|
|Red Hot Moon||Rancid|
|Science Of Silence||Richard Ashcroft|
|Seven Nation Army||The White Stripes|
|If She Wants Me||Belle & Sebastian|
|We Will Become Silhouettes||The Postal Service|
|Thickfreakness||The Black Keys|
|Don’t Look Back Into The Sun||The Libertines|
|Molly’s Chambers||Kings of Leon|
|The Science Of Selling Yourself Short||Less Than Jake|
|Talkin’ Gypsy Market Blues||The Coral|
|Fuck Me Pumps||Amy Winehouse|
|You Got The Style||Athlete|
|Transatlanticism||Death Cab for Cutie|
|Roy Walker||Belle & Sebastian|
|Such Great Heights||The Postal Service|
|Tour De France||Kraftwerk|
|Buy It In Bottles||Richard Ashcroft|
|Have Love Will Travel||The Black Keys|
|The Undefeated||Super Furry Animals|
|Secret Kiss||The Coral|
|Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone||Ted Leo and the Pharmacists|
|I Loved The Summer Of Hate||The Men They Couldn’t Hang|
|One Horse Town||The Thrills|
|Title And Registration||Death Cab for Cutie|