“I remember looking at the cover of Purple Rain and being very confused by the raw sexuality and attitude of the image of Prince on a motorcycle. It wasn’t, and still isn’t, appealing to me but nevertheless it was VIVID, which I have grown to appreciate.
Flash forward 20 years and I find myself enthralled by collecting records that are Misfits/Danzig related. Not only because I love the music, but because all the artwork looked so much cooler in vinyl’s size, compared to a small, meager CD case – ugh! Plus, Misfits would always do cool variants, like make colored vinyl or glow in the dark vinyl, which made it so much more special than the mirror-like image of a boring CD that could get scratched and easily ruined.
I would often hang albums like Earth AD or Die Die My Darling, or a picture disc of Famous Monsters on my wall like game trophies I had hunted down in the wilderness of Seascape. Proud of my collectible records, I soon realized this was the superior format to my ex-girlfriend, aka compact discs…
When it came time for my band to release its second full length record, it was a no brainer that we’d put it out on glorious vinyl, even though it cost a lot more money and was kind’ve a pain in the ass. I have never felt more satisfied with a release than when I held our copy of Dead Stars Drive-In on vinyl in the post office with our singer Dusty. I felt like, for once, everything had gone right and there were no fuck ups, in beautiful translucent blue and purple vinyl. Yow, I need a cold shower and a cigarette after that!
Bottom line is that a well done vinyl release will always be more collectible and cooler than a CD or a digital release, or now a LP with a digital download card…can’t beat that shit!”
Enter to win Stellar Corpses’ brand new LP, Dead Stars Drive-In on either blue or purple vinyl (your choice!) by sharing your favorite Halloween LP or single – and briefly why – in the comments below. Trickiest answer treats themselves to the LP! We’ll choose one winner with a North American mailing address a week from today, 11/7!