Vinyl From the Edge of Oblivion

Every Saturday the kids and I load up the car with our bottles, cans, paper, etc and head to the town recycling center. We don’t have curbside pick up. One incentive for doing this chore (besides not bequeathing a world of trash to my kids), is visiting the Take It Or Leave It room. People bring stuff they no longer want; stuff too go for the dump, and not good enough to sell. Occasionally, I come across a pile of vinyl LPs that someone left. 99% are pretty junky. 100% I will never listen to, since my turntable isn’t even hooked up. But I grab a lot of them anyway, just for the album covers. Here are some of my recent scores. Sorry the quality of the photos isn’t top notch. I was too lazy to set up the tripod, fix the lighting, etc.

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I dig the retro lettering, but Mel forgot to set his drop shadow to overprint.

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I just like the word “Zugspitze.” It’s actually the tallest moutain in Germany.

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Has anyone seen the keys to my Star Galleon?

The back cover is the real treat. I wonder what ever became of Boogie Bonds.

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I have no idea who the Tweeds were, but apparently, they had little use for pants.

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Only MISS Diana Ross gets to wear her hat at a non-goofy angle.

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Sly and the Family Scallop

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Honey, I spent 12 hours cleaning every inch of this house today, so hand over the martini, or I’m getting medieval on your ass.

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These people dance amazingly well for having no faces. Note the great grandfather of the mullet.

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Oh Ella! You deserved better. It looks like they cut your silo with a spoon.

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Then again, it also looks like you just ate a raw cow.

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The last photo of Donnie and Marie, just before they were pulverized by an avalanche of giant mutant coconuts. Only their teeth remained.

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Disco-fied = ruptured achilles tendon. Hope it was worth it.

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The obligatory Herb Alpert. Someone ought to do a “where is she now?” thing. I imagine her as a little old lady stuck in pile of gray, dried up whipped cream.

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A pair from the Cos.

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Hey B.B., guess who stole your wallet and shoes?!

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This is one of my favorites, because I love the design, and the cover has that awesome cutout so you can see thru to this…

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50 guitars go south of the border, but only 15 live to tell the tale. I think they’re all drunk on tequila. Check out the one in the back looking for a cactus to go barf behind.

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Daddy, what were the 80’s like?

Well, son, Reagan was president, and he made a law that everyone had to wear a mullet. We all did so much cocaine that we could watch little movies on our torsos, which showed our inner most secrets. Oh, and electric outlets all glowed with demonic rage.

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This cosmic torso-llucination is worth a closer look. Let’s see if we can parse what’s going on here…

Blender of blood, bleeding. Check.

Aerial shot of boat loaded with cocaine, speeding from Coast Guard. Check.

Space shuttle blasting off with a fuel of liquid oxygen and cocaine. Check.

Corded telephone lying on the floor, probably after the user OD’d on cocaine. Check.

Patient undergoing anaesthesia. Yup.

Vector art of Earth…reversed! Whoa, I am ready for rehab.

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On the back cover, Grace is about boot up her Commode64 with a copy of AngryMullet 1.0. Or she’s putting it in an incinerator. We can only hope.

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Last but not least, the liner vinyl talking points. Please commit them to memory. And thanks for listening.

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4 Responses to “Vinyl From the Edge of Oblivion”

  1. I’m surprised at how many of those albums I actually still have.

  2. Christ, I’m going to the dump next time to look for LPs!

    You know, that Voyager LP is ULTRA rare, and worth a LOT. Could you please, if possible, give me the catalogue number to the Voyager LP; I’m writing an entry for that LP on discogs.com and I need the catalogue number to finish my submission; I’d be immensely grateful if you could provide me with that. Thanks!

    • Oh man, I had no idea that was worth anything, so I threw it out after taking the photos. I checked through the pictures to see if maybe I might have caught the number you’re looking for in one of them, but I didn’t see that either. Sorry.

      • That’s no problem. Thanks for your help, anyway. If you want to check the value of any other records you may come across, go on to popsike.com. It’s an archiver of all old eBay listings for records. You might come across another gem!

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