No, not the kind of vinyl that you wear. I have a mild obsession with collecting rare Gothy memorabilia, the more unusual the better. Hence my Christian Death poster (from an auction) and my PETA vegan recipe book (it has recipes invented by Nina Hagen and Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira). My vinyl obsession was sparked when I found First and Last and Always (by The Sisters of Mercy; shame on you, Gothling, if you didn't know that...) on vinyl at my local charity shop for 50p.
In all the forums I frequent, I have not yet stumbled across the mention of another Goth who collects vinyl records - I'm sure you must be out there; I can't be the only darkling in the known universe who still owns a record player! Stereotypically, of course, the whole retro vibe embodied by having a record collection is more associated with the emo subculture - but for a Gothling, there are certainly some definite pros to starting up a record collection of your own, namely:
- it's cheap. Way cheaper than buying CDs. You can pick up records at your local charity shop for, like, 50p. My dad picks up boxes of records at the local rubbish dump and puts the rare ones on eBay and for auction. Except for the Gothy ones, which of course go to me.
- they're pretty. My very favourite records hang on my wall above the window.
- they can be worth money. Whilst most Goth band records are not worth much (you can pick up a guide to rare records and how much they're worth at your local bookstore), there are some that can make you a bit of pocket money. Even an All About Eve album is worth about £12.
- it takes up less space than a coffin collection.
|My modest collection|
Records with the most value are usually first pressing original releases; bootlegs and promo records are worth less but may be of interest to the individual collector, e.g. if you're collecting for fun rather than profit. Can you imagine my glee if I found a bootleg from a Bauhaus gig, for example?
Buying vinyl online can get expensive; try charity shops, curiosity shops and junk shops to pick up great stuff for ridiculously cheap prices. The most I have ever paid for a record was £12 (The Scream by Siouxsie and the Banshees) and I only paid that much because I happen to like the record.
Some notable Goth-friendly (although not necessarily actually Goth) records that are very rare and have great value are:
Sex Pistols – "God Save the Queen" (UK A&M 7” 45 RPM with mailer, 1977) $22,000
Nirvana – "Bleach" test pressing (Sub Pop, 1989) Currently, only four copies are known to exist. One was offered on Ebay in 2010, the 1st copy offered to the public in 10 years. An offer of $14,000 was declined.
David Bowie - "Space Oddity" unreleased picture sleeve, Philips 7", £3,000
The Smiths - "Meat Is Murder" unissued promo EP, 7" and 12", £1,000
The Misfits - Plan 9 1009, "HORROR BUSINESS", sold for $5000 on eBay
(Information from Rocklist.net, Popsike and Wikipedia.)