Salut from Reckless Records!!!
This blog was written to the proper old school vibes of Trigger Happy!
Ultra busy week this week! All of the Rare House & Techno has been flying out. Some of the piles people were bringing to the counter were just insane! Plenty more to go out though! The “Rock” side of the shop is more fully stocked than it ever has been. No disrespect to Tangerine Dream (great band if you ask me!) but its nice that the Krautrock section also has tonnes of obscurities as well as classic albums from Can, Neu!, Kraftwerk, Popol Vuh etc. We are still pricing up the huge collection I bought in – as you can imagine. Theres still loads more killer bits to put out!
So this week was pretty mad, because we got so many wicked Reggae records in. There were maybe 5 or 6 sellers this week, and it was all decent. One batch stood out a bit however. Its not often that someone comes in with a huge batch of Rockers, Hugh Mundell, Augustus Pablo, Rod Taylor, Ras Allah, The Twinkle Brothers, Israel Vibration etc. Not proper Jamaican originals anyway like we have here. Well – it happened and apparently its the start of a huge collection, so hopefully we will have plenty more for you soon! It will probably be a week or so until these get priced up due to the mountains of Reggae 45s!
PS there were also lots of 12″s not pictured! On the Reggae 45 front we had several interesting collections. One was a killer batch of 200 Basement/Dancehall 7″s. All killer: Bounty Killer, TOK, Ghost, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel. You know the score! So many good ones in here. We also had a great mix of Rocksteady, Roots, Dancehall and Ska from a regular seller. There were a few proper rarities in the pile – that will hopefully be going out in the racks at some point today! Also a few modern classics such as…
Most of the Tapes from the huge collection finally went out. Please check the cabinet on your left halfway up the shop to check out the collection. Lots of rare American Tapes, Wolf Eyes, Prurient, Grouper, Digi business from Tapes, New Order/Factory Records, Laraaji. So many good ones. I put a good picture up on the Instagram where you can see most of the interesting ones. We also put out a few really rare ones on Devon Folklore Tapes, plus a pricey Demdike Stare.
The Hardcore Punk section is the biggest its ever been right now. Its nearly a whole row. This week we had a large box of Crust Punk posted down to us from the Highlands of Scotland. It was all pretty musty but as well as there being loads of Old School Crusty Anarcho Punk (some fairly obscure titles) there were also 3 classic Screeching Weasel LPs, Youth Brigade LP, Hellnation, Born Against, Neanderthal, Antischism, Nausea, Fugazi, Stikky… Loads of decent bits. Loads was a bit rough so we now have a bargain Crust Punk section too! We had another delivery of rare 90s Emo/Hardcore again – this time there were a few harder to find titles from Hoover, Angel Hair, Heroin etc. all in decent shape. Plus a colour vinyl Bob Tilton test press!
We put out tonnes of Depeche Mode titles this week too – loads of really rare ones. From OOP LPs to Promo 12″s. Many different variations. These will FLY out.
Probably my second favourite purchase of the week for the shop was a large batch of really rare Freakbeat/Psych/Mod 45s. We had decent copies of 45s from: The Virgin Sleep, The Smoke, The Eyes, The Outer Limits, Johns Children, Tomorrow, Warm Sounds, The Game, The Brain, Loose Ends, The Gass etc. These sort of titles do not come in everyday. Fingers crossed the seller has a Wimple Winch! I think I liked The Outer Limits track the most, it wouldn’t sound out of place on the English Weather compilation. Perfect music for this weather!
Couple of Staff things to mention!
Kenny has done a Geezer Mix
Toru & Chris are playing on Radar on the Front Left Life show 10pm on Monday the 18th. Tune in!
Tom is putting on this gig on Wednesday
And of course the Reckless Records night on the 22nd!
The big collection we went to that we were looking forward to turned out to be a burnt down warehouse with thousands and thousands of damaged LPs lmao.
This week we have a special TOP TEN!! We have got Steve from Gosh! Comics (who have an excellent shop just down the road from us if you don’t know!)
10 songs featuring superheroes (and villains!)
I Whupped Batman’s Ass – Wesley Willis
Plagued by psychotic episodes across his life, Wesley Willis found some solace in the ‘joy rides’ he performed onstage with his keyboard providing backing courtesy of it’s ‘auto accompaniment’ feature. His songs were frequently obscene and always odd, usually punctuated by Wesley yelling out a random corporate slogan (‘TIMEX – TAKES A LICKING AND KEEPS ON TICKING’) at the end of each track.
Protect Ya Neck – Wu Tang Clan
All of the Clan are big comic book fans, with Ghostface naming an album after ‘Iron Man’ and using the Armoured Avengers secret identity of Tony Stark as one of his own personas but it’s Inspectah Deck who references Spider-Man in his verse on their debut single. Savagely Attack – Czarface And in a later side-project with 7L & Esoteric we find Deck leaning fully into the world of superhero comics with a couple of albums that reference tons of characters from DC and Marvel.
In The Garage – Weezer
Pulling out a couple of big X-Men fan favourites (but not household names) with Nightcrawler and Kitty Pryde fits this hymn to obscure passions, with corresponding namechecks for Ace Frehly and Peter Cris from KISS over their more famous bandmates.
Challengers – The New Pornographers
Possibly the deepest cut of all here as The New Pornographers reference The Challengers Of The Unknown, a quartet of adventurers who first appeared in DC Comics in the 50’s courtesy of Jack Kirby, who would later go on to co-create a more famous quartet in the shape of The Fantastic Four with Marvel in the 1960’s.
Madvillain – All Caps
No lyrical references here but rather a nod to the persona of MF DOOM in general, with his name, actual metal mask and insistence of being thought of as a ‘supervillain’ all based around Dr Victor Von Doom, the arch-enemy of The Fantastic Four. This video is also a visual tribute to the work of Jack Kirby, creator of Dr Doom and dozens of other hugely important characters.
Ghost Rider – Suicide
Although in essence a song about America’s doomed youth there’s little doubt that the ‘motorcycle hero’ who ‘blazes away’ as he screams the truth is Marvel’s own Spirit Of Vengeance. They even mention his blue jumpsuit!
Nobody Loves The Hulk – The Traits
A lovely slice of 60’s garage punk that also tells the origin story of Marvel’s own Incredible Hulk before making some clumsy points about America’s racial divide at the time by referencing his green skin. Yikes.
How I Wrote Elastic Man – The Fall
Despite the title MES spends the whole song singing about Plastic Man, his way of attacking people who misunderstand his lyrics and showcasing the character created by Jack Cole in 1941. In a possibly inadvertent salute to the song, Phil Foglio’s 1987 Plastic Man reboot has the character given his codename by a reporter who mishears his wish to be called ‘Elastic Man’.
Magneto & Titanium Man – Wings
Not satisfied with doing a Bond theme, getting Rupert The Bear into the Top Ten AND being a Beatle, McCartney also found time to stick this on a B-Side in 1975. The bizarre lyrics feature an A-List Marvel villain in the form of Magneto but also include a couple of pretty obscure baddies in The Titanium Man and The Crimson Dynamo, all of whom seem to be conspiring to frame Paul’s girlfriend for a bank robbery(!)
Thanks Steve!!! 🙂