An Introduction

I first became interested in 4AD, a UK independent record label founded in 1980, towards the end of the '80's. I was falling in love with the music of Dead Can Dance, Clan of Xymox, Pixies, Bauhaus and The Birthday Party and was surprised when the 4AD label sampler "Lonely Is An Eyesore" came out in 1987 that all these bands were from the same label.

After visiting a Pre-Raphaelite exhibition of some American's collection of art, I came to thinking of all this musical art that 4AD have released that may one day drift into obscurity unless someone shows it as art. So now I'm on a crusade, to collect the first ten years of 4AD's releases and exhibit the collection on 4AD's 50th anniversary in 2030. This is a big task which will have some interesting twists and turns along the way.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Whoa, woe and wow fact double arse with a couple of damns and a flippin 'eck thrown in as well. You see, I know how to swear.

Ok its been too long by far since I last posted. Its been a difficult month. I have been struggling to find items just lately that aren't stupidly overpriced. There has been a respite in the last week or so though, so collecting has been back on again. But in the meantime the number of items newly discovered has shot my want list up so far that I have a want list larger than 8 months ago. Very frustrating!

The over enthusiastic alternative language is down to an amendment I have had to do to the what was 7 versions of the Bauhaus single Dark Entries. I was buying a version going cheap on ebay that I thought I could sell on. First of all I was hit by the poor state of the record when it arrived, it looked as though someone had eaten their dinner on it, but then on closer inspection realised that it was none of the 7 versions I had compiled for my blog last year.

I thought I had the seven versions pinned down, but this poor condition extra has hit me with another matrices. I have added the extra details onto the original blog entry here :

I had a version with matrices with W-3 and W-4 on them, but this has a W-2 and a W1KD and some very small little stamps on as well. I do wonder if the W's are Warner matrices as highlighted with the text on the back of the third version listed.

Good news though, some wonderful person from Colombia called Daniel has won the Cocteau Twins vinyl album of Garlands that I was giving away and it has been shipped out, congratulations Daniel.

Dead Can Dance are releasing a new live triple vinyl album soon that's already sold out before its release date, I wonder how many traders have bought these up just to sell for extortionate prices?

I must also apologise for taking so long to write on my blog this time. There are no excuses except that as I have mentioned before, I am prone to fits and starts and having stupid ideas that I get very excited about, then lose interest quickly and leave things unfinished. This years typically stupendous idea was to write my memoirs, as much for personal reasons, as in do it while I still have a memory intact, but also because I seemed to have had an interesting and strangely varied life. Well in typical fashion, doing this has taken on a life of its own, and what was meant to be perhaps a 10,000 word short and satisfying story has currently worked up to a 125,000 novel that still about 2/3rds of the way through. I'm determined to get it finished, although I have no idea what I'm going to do with it when I have. So this has been taking time away from concentrating on my blog. But I promise to get the sodding thing finished and out of the way so that I properly concentrate back on collecting 4AD the first decade once more.

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