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Some killer collections in!!!

Oi! from Reckless!!

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It’s been a bonkers week this week. Two really good, and huge collections in. Plus loads of over the counter buying. I better get started!

The firstcollection this week saw Scott and I off to Park Royal near Wembley. It was a killer collection – 4-5 Thousand records. The seller was a super nice guy and I was so surprised that the first record I got to was the Plasmid 7″ put out by one of my pals but it turned out he was in Violent Uprising! Despite that the collection was mostly really good House and Techno. Serious amount of rare Chicago House and Detroit Techno. All the rare Detroit Electro records. All the Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Derrick May, DJ Rolando, Underground Resistance, Trax Records, Prescription Records, Strictly Rhythm. Plenty of UK Garage, Grime, Dubstep. Loads of Disco, Soul, Jazz, Funk. Huge amount of really good Punk – including tonnes of Discharge, Crass, Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys, The Clash, X Ray Spex etc. Some really good Indie – from Add N To X to Sonic Youth to Beat Happening. Loads of wicked 45s – all across the board – but some really amazing ones!! Quite a few obscure Synth and Chuggy tunes here too. Its a pretty amazing collection and is gonna take some time to go through!!!!!

The second collection saw Tom and Kenny going to Wood Green to purchase 7000 CDs. I didn’t get to see the collection as I was leaving early to go for a delicious meal. But after numerous phone calls throughout the day it sounds amazing. Apparently the collection is in spotless condition (all of the CDs even have plastic sleeves! Its totally across the board apparently: taking in every genre of music you can imagine. From speaking to Tom yesterday he mentioned Blue Note, Moodymann and rare Coil CDs. I think its going to be a seriously amazing collection. As you can imagine the shop looks quite mental right now!!!!

So thats about 12000 Records and CDs in the door this week just through collections; but also over the counter we have bought:

  1. a package containing a load of new 45 adaptors, rare Graham Collier LP “Deep Dark Blue Centre”, El Babaku, some new Reggae reissues and more Jazz.
  2. Loads of really killer Tapes: mostly late 80s/90s: Tom Waits, Red House Painters, The Black Dog, Sonic youth, Blondie, The Beatles, Brian Eno, REM, Big Star, Massive Attack, Husker Du, Spiritualized, Black Sabbath, Chris Bell, The Rolling Stones, Nick Cave, David Bowie, Pavement, Lou Reed, Kraftwerk, Fela Kuti etc
  3. Decent Punk/Oi! CD collection: loads of really heavy CDs from The Business, Cockney Rejects, The Last Resort, 4-Skins, Cocksparrer, Sham 69, Slaughter & The Dogs, Peter & The Test Tube Babies etc
  4. More killer 80s/90s Indie/Psych/Punk LPs including about 8 13th Floor Elevators LPs, Nick Cave, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Slits etc.
  5. About 300 LPs and 12″s off Ben UFO including some killer Dubstep, Drum n Bass, House, Techno, Grime bits!!! Loads of Metalheadz, Renegade Hardware, True Playaz, Warp Records and a rare Danny Brown LP.
  6. Loads of obscure and interesting Jazz from around the world. About 30-40 records a day have been coming in.
  7. Several Sigur Ros and related LPs.
  8. First pressing of the A Perfect Circle LP.
  9. Lots of Psych/Doom Metal/Prog LPs from one of our regular sellers which included some modern Soundtracks on collectable colour vinyl

So as you can imagine we’re all pretty exhausted!!!! I’ve got the day off today and am pretty happy I’m not at work with all of those boxes today I can tell you lol! All of this stock is going to take us some time to set out, but it will be going out. Plenty more collections coming up this week.

This weeks Top Ten is from the main man Benji AKA Semtek who runs Don’t Be Afraid Records.

  1. D’Arcangelo on Happy Skull
  2. rRoxymore
  3. Kevlar Black Protection
  4. Wheelman on DBA Dubs
  5. Jason Wynters
  6. Thursdays
  7. The Intrepid Fork
  8. Inta
  9. McMafia – shut up its not meant to be realistic
  10. Scott Zacharias RA Poddie


Thanks Geezer!!!

Till next week!




From Glasgow With Love

Helllloooooo from us all at Reckless!!

This Blog was written to the sounds of Deru.

I was only in for two days this week (holidays either side in the West Country and now Glasgow!) but the two days I was in this week were pretty hectic. On the Tuesday we had lots of serious buying. Plus the day before we had just cleared a load of our storage so we had piles and piles of vinyl everywhere. On Tuesday evening I went to buy a load of records from our friend Adam Oko just before he moved to Japan. Included were tonnes of rare and obscure Japanese records, UK Garage, UK Pastoral Prog, Library, Hip Hop, House, New Wave, Minimal Synth etc. There were a few big ticket items in there (to a certain extent!) from John Bender, George Harrasment, Yellow Magic Orchestra etc.

Wednesday was extremely busy – not helped by the fact that Scott and I had worked until 1am on the Tuesday pricing up all the new stock. The day started off with two huge boxes that had been posted down to us from out friend Pat (the legend that is known as DJ Skimask). He had decided to sell his House records as he just wasn’t playing them out anymore. It was an absolutely killer selection – Chicago House, Detroit Techno/House Sex Tags Mania, Booty Bass, Dance Mania, Trax Records, Dub Techno etc. You know the score – all the usual amazing artists: Larry Heard, Basic Channel, Theo Parrish, Scott Grooves, Ron Trent, Moodymann, Fast Eddie, Mike Dunn.

We also bought a killer Rap/ RNB / Soul collection that day. It was maybe a few hundred records or so and included loads of killer bits (all classic albums – no 12”s) – Snoop Dogg, Baby Huey, Lauren Hill, J Dilla, Flying Lotus, MF Doom, Outkast, Thundercat, Dr Dre, DITC, Common etc. All in great condition.

Also we bought a load more killer Jungle/DNB. Loads more classic titles from Dillinja, LTJ Bukem, Source Direct, 4 Hero, Tango, Goldie etc. It does seem that when we put any Hardcore/Jungle out that it rarely lasts past the busy lunchtime rush – so I really would try and get in soon as when they go up on the gram to avoid disappointment!

When we cleared through all of the storage this week we found so much killer Classic Rock – including really clean copies of originals from Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Can, Blondie, Neil Young, Talking Heads, Captain Beefheart, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, JJ Cale, Sex Pistols, Depeche Mode etc. Also I found a nice little batch of killer metal LPs – including a load of original Slayer LPs and a decent copy of one of my favourite Heavy Metal LPs “Abigail” from King Diamond. This is such an amazing LP – some people can’t get past his insane vocals – and to those people I shake my head in disgust!!

I also bought in a pretty interesting pile of Rock records this week. There was an original UK Mono Joe Cocker LP – one you really never do see. Nice to see in all its front laminate flapjack glory. He also had about 6 Neil Young LPs, a large pile of Highlife/Afrobeat LPs, Cream and Tim Buckley – pretty cool selection!

Plenty more collections due in – keep checking our Instagram!

This weeks Top Ten is one close to my heart as its from one of my old mates. James Knight has been working in the music industry in some form since he left uni wether it was DJing, doing a radio show, writing for Vice, being a part of House Anxiety Records – he’s been a busy man!! Now he works at the British Library in the music department and does Low Bias with Robin. He’s an amazing writer with a real passion for music so I asked him to do Ten Top Tens – one a month. Here is the first part!!

Hello there, my name’s James Knight. I like records and I have a show on NTS ( ) where I play the records I buy. I also work at the National Sound Archive at The British Library. Go check out some the sounds stored there here ( and here (


As a bit of background – Chris (who does this blog) is an old friend of mine. When I met him almost a decade and a half ago in Nottingham the breadth his musical taste and his passion for the records he liked was really inspiring for me. I had grown up exploring pretty diverse areas of music and Chris was the first person I’d met who, like myself, was into Darkthrone as much as he was into Arvo Pärt, the Germs, Legowelt and Whitehouse. We both also really really liked jungle and breakbeat hardcore, something that remains unchanged to this very day!


When he asked me to do one of these lists for the blog he jokingly suggested that I should do a top 100. Once I got to thinking about it I realised it would be really difficult to do a top 10 that was coherent so instead I offered to do ten top tens, one for each broad area of music I like. This means that Chris ends up with his top 100 after all. I’ll do them in chunks of ten and space them out over a good few months so I don’t bore people to tears.


The first ten records are all by artists that I got into in my pre-teen and early teen years and I guess could be viewed as ‘canonical’ or ‘foundational’ records, for me at least. A lot of the artists and records I got into right through to my twenties were massively influenced by magazines that I was reading regularly at the time as this was pretty much the pre-internet era. My school library carried copies of the NME and Melody Maker and I used to buy Kerrang whenever I could as a few of my friends older brothers (who I thought were really cool) used to read that so I was trying to listen to a lot of the indie, metal and punk those titles covered.


For some reason though I was really drawn to Mojo and started badgering my nan to buy that for me from about the age of nine or ten circa 1994. I got a subscription to Mojo in 1996 (issue 32) that I held for the following 13 years. From reading Mojo (and later, Uncut and Record Collector) every month I got a pretty solid grounding in a lot of the classic 60s and 70s rock, blues, folk, funk, soul and alt-country/americana artists that those mags loved to cover. My first ten records are all culled from that area of my listening and there’s nothing remotely rare or obscure about them, don’t worry though, there will be lots of that sort of stuff to come in future months!

“Visions of Johannah” – Bob Dylan

It would be remiss of me not to kick off with a Dylan record as he was definitely my first major musical obsession. My mum was into a bit of classical music so there were quite a few classical CDs knocking about the house when I was growing up but my Dad had no real interest in music and there were no records in the house so it was really exciting when my uncle Timmy moved in to live with my family for a bit when I was about 7 with his record collection. He was SUPER into Rush to the extent of owning one of Geddy Lee’s basses! Along with a few other prog bits his other big love was Hendrix. Going through his records was always amazing and the gatefold sleeve of Are You Experienced? with the naked ladies was pretty mind-warping age 7 or 8.


The Hendrix track I dug the most was “All Along The Watchtower” which totally blew me away. At the same time as I was getting into music I was also really getting into comics. I borrowed a copy of the Watchmen trade paperback from my local library which was another axis altering discovery. Much to my surprise the quotations from “All Along The Watchtower” that bookend the penultimate and final chapters of Watchmen were credited to Bob Dylan as opposed to Jimmi Hendrix. I had heard of Dylan but had no idea he had written my favourite Hendrix song. I started reading every article I could on Dylan that would appear in Mojo (which, as you can imagine, would crop up almost every month!) and I was able to borrow almost all of his albums, in chronological order on CD for a week at a time from the same local library I’d borrowed the Watchmen trade paperback from! Biggup Tudor Drive Library in Kingston!! It is perhaps no coincidence that all these years later I have ended up working in the music section of a library…


Serious Dylan obsession was to follow involving tape and, later, CDR trading which would lead to accumulating over 2000 live recordings and studio out takes as well as seeing him play live over 40 times but I have always come back to Blonde on Blonde. It was the album that struck me most listening to it under the covers on my mums Discman at ten years old and it continues to resonate with me to this day. Dylan described the sound he captured on that record as “the thin wild mercury music” which does a better job of verbalising it than I can. It’s pointless me bigging Dylan up or defending him against accusations of being a shite singer as those arguments are totally boring and old men have been having them for over half a century at this stage but this track broke me in half listening to it just now the same way it did the day I heard it and this is a list of records that do that to me so here it is.


This YouTube link is a live version from the infamous 1965/66 tour, everyone knows that story so I won’t go into the details other than that I remember reading in one of the multitude of biographies or articles I absorbed that he would smoke brown before going out and doing the solo-acoustic first half of the show and then get hopped up on speed in the interval to go back out and play the rock & roll second half of the show with The Band. Who knows if that’s true but whatever he was smoking it sure adds to the utterly opiated, woozy, ethereal delivery. Love you Bob.

“Lungs” – Townes van Zandt

Another one straight from the pages of Mojo and Uncut! I was heavy into Townes for a good while in my teens and had started smoking fags and drinking booze which his music is a great accompaniment to! I couldn’t believe my luck when I found a copy of Heartworn Highways on VHS in the old Tower Records in High Street Ken. This would have been circa 1997 and long before access to everything on YouTube (or even ordering pretty much anything on DVD from Amazon for that matter!) If you’ve never seen Heartworn Highways it’s a documentary covering Townes, Steve Earle, Guy Clarke etc and it’s well worth a look. This track is a recording off the Live From The Old Quarter double LP which is a great one stop shop for a lot of Townes’ best songs and despite how heavy songs such as “Lungs” are lyrically Live From The Old Quarter also shows how gentle and funny Townes could be despite the image of him being an arch miserabilist. He’s certainly fatalistic but never without good humour. Here he is performing “Waitin’ Around To Die” in Heartworn Highways:

R.I.P. Townes


“The Weeping Song” – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Cave was another one I worked through chronologicaly and systemtically and I genuinely don’t think there’s a dud in his discography. I even love Nocturama which is the one everyone seems to think is a bit shit but it’s got that “Bring It On” track with the geezer from The Saints and that 15 minute “Babe I’m On Fire” track which is a wicked wig out so I’m sticking with my 100% hit rate theory. Of all the artists on this little list Cave is possibly the one I still listen to the most frequently. It is very weird that Mick Harvey no longer plays with him but I miss Blixa being in the band the most. “The Weeping Song” is probably my favourite single track of his if I had to chose and him and Blixa are good in the video! Looking up the video I also found a BBC performance of it at the time of release that I’d never seen before:

“Who By Fire” – Leonard Cohen

No introduction necessary and another giant who sadly left us recently. They showed the Bird on The Wire documentary on BBC4 the night he died and I hadn’t seen it in years, much like the D.A. Pennebaker Dylan tour documentaries (Don’t Look Back and Eat The Document) it manages to capture a sense of how fragile Cohen was during his early years of performing live without seeming voyeuristic or intrusive. Cohen’s lyrics are often what people focus on but the arrangement and choice of instruments in his tracks is often incredible. None more so than on this one if you ask me. The spartan, measured backing track really ratchets up the tension in the opaque and mystical lyric. No strangers to tension and mysticism it’s little wonder that Coil chose to cover it:

“Late November” – Sandy Denny

Honourable mentions to Anne Briggs and Shirley Collins but if I had to choose one female vocal forevermore it would be Sandy’s. I first encountered her in a Fairport Convention context on the Liege & Leif LP but her solo records were what got me fully hooked. The Northstar Grassman & The Ravens LP in particular is on a different level: eternal, singular, cosmic music that remains as spellbinding to me today as the first time I heard it. Sandy was born, grew up, went to school, studied, died and is buried very near where I grew up in South West London and I go to visit her grave at Putney Vale cemetery every couple of years to pay my respects.

“Don’t Cry Sister” – J.J. Cale

‘The other’ Cale’s music has such a distinct vibe you can usually tell it’s one of his tracks within a bar or two, his records all sound like warm gusts of understated finesse to me, laid back to the point of horizontal. I chose this track off of his 5 LP as it really epitomises his sound to my ears. I also love that he was into using drum machines as soon as they came out which most of his contemporaries would no doubt have balked at. I am sure if you keep checking the Rock bins at Reckless you’ll be able to pick up most of Cale’s output for next to nothing and while the 70’s LPs are all gold you can’t really go wrong – I also love Tavel-Log, Number 10 and Closer To You all of which appeared in the late 80s/early 90s. Get involved!

“Gun Street Girl” – Tom Waits

Again, not too much that needs to be said but I can highly recommend Barney Hoskyn’s book Lowside of the Road if you want to dig a bit deeper into Waits World. It’s hard to pick a favourite period of his stuff as I dig them all from the early singer-songwriter-y stuff on The Heart of Saturday Night and Nighthawks at The Diner (“I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You” from Closing Time is a particular favourite from that era) right through to the ragged, blown-out blues of Mule Variations and Real Gone. I guess the Swordfishtrombones / Rain Dogs era in the mid-80s hits the sweet spot though so I have picked a track from Rain Dogs that has that weird haunted Americana feel that’s kind of like a sonic Grant Wood painting which he has a habit of totally nailing. This interview seems to have been doing the rounds a bit lately but it captures his odd, vaudevillian spirit well:

“Nottamun Town” – Bert Jansch

I’d imagine I first came across Bert in Mojo and it was true love at first listen. Along with Cave probably the artist who finds his way most regularly onto my turntable to this day. Bert’s guitar playing obviously speaks for itself but his voice is also wonderfully expressive and really suits standards such as this without ever falling into that identikit folk vocal that is often the default delivery for traditional material. Another great gift that Bert bestowed upon me was exposure to the wider the milieu that he floated in. His records led me to John Renbourne, Wizz Jones and of course Davey Graham and Davey led me to Shirley Collins – a fairly edifying path to follow! Sadly, aside from Wizz, most of that lot have passed now but I was lucky enough to see many of them play here and there, often at The Troubadour in Earls Court in the late 90s/early 00s which was a venue many of them had been playing for years. Wizz still plays out, often at The Ivy House in Nunhead, so if you want to hear this kind of stuff done right then go check him out as he’s one of the last left standing of that whole mob. Keeping up the book recommendations – there is a cracking one on Bert and that whole scene called Dazzling Stranger by Colin Harper that is well worth a read. Shouts out to Chris, Luke and any other Notts crew on dis wan! Here’s the Davey & Shirley version while we’re here:

“America” – John Fahey

I guess Fahey is, in a way, a trans-Atlantic counterpoint to Bert. As well as being a uniquely gifted guitar player and interpreter of several acoustic guitar traditions he was responsible for a re-appraisal and revival of his country’s blues and traditional music via his work with Joe Bussard. With his Takoma label, he helped stimulate a scene of similar players, Leo Kottke, Robbie Basho, Peter Lang , Max Ochs and Mike Auldridge all helped define the ‘Takoma sound’ (which Fahey termed ‘American Primitivism’) but it should also be noted that Fahey had wide and excellent taste:  Takoma issued Craig Leon’s Nommos LP in 1981 as well as Bernie Krause’s first LP and Joseph Byrd’s solo records – I am sure that Fahey could hear a direct through line from Bukka White to Byrd’s work in the United States of America so these kind of releases sitting together make total sense to me. Fahey himself also made some very interesting records not involving finger picking the acoustic guitar – check out his mid-90s records Womblife or City of Refuge which features a track entitled “On The Death And Disembowelment Of The New Age” – 20 minutes of fuzz, hiss and drone that Peter Rehberg would be proud of! I could have picked any number of Fahey tracks (“Transcendental Waterfall” from Blind Joe Death is another stone cold favourite) but I love this one which was actually left off the original Takoma issue of the LP as it was originally intended to be a double LP but only the first disc was produced meaning half the tracks were chopped. Fear not though – it makes it on to subsequent pressings! Fahey’s style, attitude and influence resonates on indelibly via artists like Jack Rose (R.I.P.), Sir Richard Bishop, James Blackshaw and Ben Chasny. There is a great doc. called In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey that came out in 2013 and offers a good overview, I can’t find it on YouTube but it pops up on BBC4 every now and then so keep your eyes peeled on the old iPlayer! Here’s an entire concert from 1981 instead:

“Night Comes In” – Richard & Linda Thompson

It was a toss up between this and “Calvary Cross” off I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight but I went for this one in the end. Richard Thompson is another continuous presence on my turntable. His work as a solo artist, with Fairport Convention and, as previously mentioned, on Sandy Denny’s solo records, all have very fond places in my heart but the run of LPs he cut with his then wife Linda seem to capture a certain spirit that is unique even in the context of his large and varied catalogue. Maybe it had something to do with their devotion to Sufism at the time but the six albums they recorded between 1974 and 1982 all seem to be shot through with a certain mystical quality that has not dulled over the decades to my ears. I return to “Night Comes In” regularly after a long night on the plonk when I’m feeling a bit tired and emotional and “Oh, the songs pour down like silver”!


Thanks for taking the time to read all that if you have got this far! Next month I’m gonna do ten short and fast punk records so I’ll keep the waffle down to a minimum in keeping with tracks!





Thanks Jam – absolutely love it!!!! Can’t wait for the next one!!

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Its the one!

Loads of wicked records in…and a Teejerker Top Ten band shirts!


This blog was written to the sounds of Alice Coltrane!

Mad start to the week. Had a seriously mental weekend, Saturday was one of the busiest days we’ve had for 12 months! Nearly Record Store Day crazy! The reductions are all out and are flying out FAST. Loads of killer bits out in the cheaps – just today I put out some original Elvis 78s, original Fela Kuti Nigerian LPs and a load of killer Hardcore Punk. All a bit scruffy but what else can you buy for £3 thesedays!

Some major buying this week – lets get started!

One of our semi regular sellers bought in some wicked 12″s the other day. Some really rare UK Techno from the Likemind label (the one with the amazing Nuron track “Eau Rouge”), and Redcell. Original US Underground Resistance label 12″s, including some of the rare ones. Drexciya, Aux88, Andrea Parker etc. Some seriously killer records. We’ve been playing loads of the old Andrea Parker 12s recently -so good man!

We had a stream of very solid, amazing condition Classic Rock collections this week. We really needed it after Christmas! Luckily they haven’t stopped coming in! So we now actually have records by Dire Straits in the racks lol! As well as the usual suspects: Pink Floyd (including the really rare Pulse vinyl set), Queen (some really rare ones!), Rush, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Neil Young, Simon & Garfunkel, Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills & Nash, Talking Heads, Cream etc. Most of the copies of all this classic rock was so clean – they are pretty much all EX or above – most are Near Mint. The sleeves, inserts, inners etc are also all near perfect.

A few of us bought in one of my favourite collections in ages at the tail end of last week. It was from a really sound couple who had been left them from a relative. The relative was obviously a super cool individual and was buying all the right records at the right time. I believe they also worked in the music industry. So you had loads of killer Jazz (lots of Blue Nots titles especially – mostly really early pressings), amazing Soul and Funk (again nearly all original issues, people like Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers, James Brown, The JB’s, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield etc), Blues (Albert King, BB King, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Canned Heat..), badboy Reggae (The Wailers – including a Zippo Catch A Fire – Augustus Pablo, Scientist, Bob Marley, Dillinger, Burning Spear, Delroy Wilson, BB Seaton, Alton Ellis, Cornell Campbell, Yabby You, Michael Prophet etc) and Classic Rock (Fleetwood Mac, Prince, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson etc. Wow! Also there were some weird ones in there like an original Liquid Liquid 12″. Amazing collection – and such nice copies, loads of sleeves still. in shrink and super nice vinyl.

More Jazz, Soul and Funk came in from one of our regular sellers. Lots of Jazzman titles, Four Tet, John Coltrane, Sun Ra… cool bits!

Tom bought in loads of really nice CD Box Sets including sealed ones from The Beatles. The cupboards are being regularly restocked and they have put out loads of interesting and odd CDs and Tapes this week. We also had a bit of a clear out on the vinyl side and went through some old cupboards. We found some absolutely mad bits to be honest – from original African rarities to tonnes of Krautrock.

Another of our regular sellers popped in the other day with a great pile of amazing condition LPs yet again. More Ash Ra! Some of the more sought after Trisnomie 21 LPs, Klaus Schulze, Jean Claude Eloy, Peter Michael Hamel, Neu! and many more great titles!

Plenty of collections coming up – some I’m really looking forward to!!

This weeks Top Ten is from the almighty TEEJERKER!! Teejerker, if you don’t know by now, sells amazing old band T Shirts and gets so many amazing ones. I would certainly recommend following the Instagram!!

Fugazi, early 90s

One of the most famous shirts in the Punk scene, the only partly official Fugazi shirt ever made. Fugazi didn’t want to produce and sell merch so bootlegging was rife, Ian told a notable bootlegger to stop making Fugazi tees, so he made this design instead. Ian saw the design and admired the creativity, he agreed that the shirts can be sold if the profits Fugazi would take were donated to a Womens shelter instead.

Dinosaur Jnr, 1987

From SST Records in 1987, this is the last Dinosaur shirt before the Jr. was added. The band were called Dinosaur from their formation in 1984 until just after the release of their second album ‘You’re Living All Over Me’, when supergroup The Dinosaurs sued them over the name, prompting the addition of ‘Jr’.

Catherine Wheel, 1991

One of the earliest Cartherine Wheel shirts, the 1991 long sleeve featuring the artwork for the bands first EP’Painful Thing’, released on Norwich based label Wilde Club Records. Shortly after Catherine Wheel were signed to Fontana Records, with interest from Creation as well as Eno’s label Opal Records.

Dismember, 1991

Original Dismember shirt from the debut album, and now a true Death Metal classic ‘Like an Ever Flowing Stream’. The band were instrumental to the Sweedish Death Metal scene and are now considered on of the ‘big four’ with Entombed, Grave and Unleashed. The controvertial song ‘Skin Her Alive’ from this release prompted an obscenity charge in the UK, which the band successfully defended.

Sonic Youth, 1992

Up there with the best bootleg shirts we’ve seen, this European Tour 1992 shirt is unnofficial and picked up at the Hamburg show 10/11/92. Killer backprint featuring German dates only, so I guess some German dude printed em up and was selling them outside the shows? Awesome shirt, never seen it again.

Slowdive, 1992

Super rare original ‘Just for a Day’ long sleeve from 1991, the debut full length release from Slowdive on Creation Records. One of the most desirable shirts in the Shoegaze scene, the long sleeve is particularly hard to come by

Nirvana, 1989

Insanely rare Nirvana ‘Bleach’ long sleeve from 1989. Tupelo Recording Company were the first label to press Bleach in the UK, it was a fairly limited run which included 300 white vinyl and 2000 dark green. This is the promotional long sleeve from that release, not sure how many were ever made but have only seen it once again!

Spacemen 3, late 80s

Original Spacemen 3 shirts are some of the most desirable in the vintage market. This late 80s tee is hard enough to find in white, but the rarer black (now grey) was a really special find. Some of the best imagery in Alt Rock / Shoegaze and alsmost 30 years of love and wear

Mayhem, 1997

Legends from the Norwegian Black Metal scene who need no introduction. This 1997 De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas long sleeve is one of our favourite Metal long sleeves to come through. Despite the history of the band and the notoriety of Deathcrush, this 1994 album was their first full length release, and was dedicated to Euronymous who had been murdered by Varg of Burzum the year before.

Minor Threat, 1988

Awesome Minor Threat tee from around 1988, featuring the iconic ‘Out of Step’ sheep. The shirt was screened by drummer Jeff Nelson himself and was one of the first designs sold through his printing company Pedestrian Press.

Happy New Year from Reckless!!

EZ Now!!

This Blog was written to the sounds of this killer LP.

Absolutely knackered this morning as Scott and me were at work till 1am doing the Vinyl reductions. We’re almost done. There were a lot of pullouts and a lot of decent LPs getting reduced. So there are going to be so many bargains to be had!! I imagine most of the Rock cheats will be going out first thing Saturday morning but a lot of the House/Techno/Soul/Funk reductions have been done (Drum n Bass/Reggae/Rap should be done today!). I was pretty surprised by some of it (Vinyl On Demand Box Sets getting reduced to £30!!) but I think its just because we had so much decent stuff this year – people have to make a choice!!

Anyways – tonnes of banging buying to make up for the reduced stock.

Loads more Indie/Punk/Garage came in from one of our regulars. This time there were some pretty pricey LPs from Morrissey, The Breeders, PJ Harvey, The Go-Betweens. More Garage comps, Grunge, Punk, Shoegaze, C86. Tonnes of good stuff – and a much larger pile than normal.

Talking about Garage – we had some KILLER UK Garage bits come in this week including same rare EPs from Tuff Jam, Ghost, Anthill Mob etc. Quite a few really rare ones – put most of them top on our Instagram.

We bought loads of really un-cool new and sealed stuff this LP – including silly big box sets and deluxe editions from artists like Phil Collins, The Fratellis, Rick Astley, The Cranberries, Chris Rea, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Cancer Bats, Bring Me The Horizon etc

We bought loads more records off our pal Heatsick (all from when we used to live in Nottingham). Loads of classic Noisy Indie, Hardcore, 31G, GSL, Gravity Records, Load Records, Post Punk, Throbbing Gristle, Electroclash, Riotgrrl, Thrash Metal etc. Its all a bit used – but there are some really rare 90s LPs from Mr Bungle, Idlewild, Therapy, Mansun, Mogwai. Loads of classic bits from Lightning Bolt, Antioch Arrow, Born Against, Bikini Kill, The Sighings, Wolf Eyes (including some lathes), Beastie Boys. You know the score!

Finally we had some decent Soul in – someone brought in loads of KILLER Disco for starters – and another seller brought in a load of really clean Jazz Funk, P Funk, Motown, Classic Soul etc. So some quite rare Disco bits went out – including Larry Wu, Eighties Ladies etc. All up on the Instagram!

Badboy collection of Tearing Drum n Bass and Jungle came in yesterday – all super clean!!! Early Renegade Hardware, loads of Good Looking Records, Metalheadz, Moving shadow. All in the right sleeves and all EX or above. Hopefully this is the start of a serious collection!

Our very own Toru has sold in a load of records this week – all across the board but some seriously good records from artists like Peshay, John Coltrane, Felt Kuti, Parliament, Miles Davis, Ian Pooley, Rare Indian LPs, Sun Ra, Moodymann, Rare Disco Boogie, African Jazz etc.

One of our regular sellers came in at the end of the day with another seriously killer pile of records – all EX or above!!! Huge originals from Ash Ra Tempel, Fela Kuti, Klaus Schulze, Can, Ozzy Osbourne, Faust, Rare Brain titles, Brian Jones, Motorhead etc. Some of the best records we’ve had since I’ve been working here in regards to consistently amazing titles and condition.

This week we have a Top Ten from the one and only Ashton Holland!!! Ashton does the killer Left Alone Party (linked below – theres one coming up!!) with Alex Gross and it’s one of the best parties in London hands down!!

Always struggle when it comes to choosing lists / doing top ten’s, so thought i could use this as a good way to mention / include a lot of my stand out records that i’ve came across in 2017 (new & old).
INXA – Ixna Portal Exo

Seem’s like a load of dead stock copies have started to surface, nice odd 7″ – both sides seem to amaze me.

The Pardox – New Rain

Great compilation that i’ve been trying to get my hands on for a while – Luckily found a decently cheap copy online. Also has a few other nice bits on too!

Propaganda – 18.November

Omertà – Cock Tales

Amazing LP – Possibly one the best new releases i came across last year. Thanks Laurent (Dj Sundae) for the tip, first heard it in the Left Alone mix he did for us last year. Can’t wait to here stuff by them.

Njurmännen – San Francisco

Most recently purchased – pretty odd 1 but the start really catches me. Came across it as i’ve been meaning to purchase a cassette from the same label, worth checking out for odd experimental / industrial stuff.

Virgin Prunes – Song

Been picking up a load of cassettes in the last year, this one the 1’s that springs to mind.

Addis Rockers – Third Dimension

The clip on youtube seems to pitched up but you can get vibe – Shouts to Rollo on this one.

Chocolate Grinders – People With Leukaemia (

Nice 7″ found on some Aussie site – Possibly one of my all time favourite labels! Heard they’ll be reissue some stuff of the label soon. Thanks for the reminder Veggie!

Various – I Won’t Have To Think About You

Also one my favourite releases in 2017. Nice to see lots of tracks i’ve been after complied into one compilation.

O.A.S.I – Kandisco Due

10/ NSRD – Guia Expedit

Had to include something from STROOM as everything they’ve release over 2017 as been killer! Shouts to Ziggy as always – We’ll be hosting a showcase with the label in a few months, so watch the space!


Thanks Ashton – absolutely killer list!!!

Check the Left Alone party here:

It Was All A Dream – Then It Was 2018

Yo from Reckless!!!

This Blog was written to this wicked tune.

Hope you all had a banging Christmas, it was mad at Reckless up until Christmas Eve. Most of the members of staff managed to get out of London for Christmas which was nice; and some of us are still away! The racks got savagely pummelled but we’re doing our best to restock. I’m personally just about to put out some really, really nice bits this morning. Its a mix of Classic Rock (Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac etc), new stuff, Hardcore Punk, Ambient, Jazz, Metal, Avant Garde, Chanson, Psych  etc. Eddie got out some decent Reggae yesterday including a few rare ones. Also tonnes of CDs went out yesterday – all genres.

Never much buying around Christmas so we were a little surprised with the amount thats come in the last few weeks. Obviously we had that killer Jazz and Indie last week. This week (ie yesterday!) we had a decent collection of 50 Tech House/Deep House/Minimal/Electro 12″s come in. Quite a few rare ones! Records from people like Hakan Lidbo, Simon Digby, Ghetto Tactics, Seafoam, Kovac etc.

We also bought in a TONNE of new stuff; loads of perfect condition brand new titles. Artists like Childish Gambino, Feeder, Actress, Iggy Pop, Kate Tempest etc.

We’re open right up to (and including) New Years Eve and open again the day after New Years Day. Hope you all have a great one! Puwaba has been cancelled so we will be having it large elsewhere. I think a fair few of us will be at the DJ Benetti Alibi gig!

I got everyone at Reckless to hmu with their release of the year – see if you can match each release with each member of staff. First person gets a £10 voucher.

Trimdon Grange Explosion – S/T (Borley Rectory)

Mary Halvorson Quartet – Paimon (Tzadik).

The Beatles – Sgt Pepper 50th Anniversary Edition (Parlophone)

Arca – S/T (XL)

The Rails – Other People (Psychonauht)

Bullion – Blue Pedro (The Trilogy Tapes)

Shitlickers – GBG 1982 (Negative Insight)

Blocked Toilet – Untitled (unreleased)

Trigger Happy – S/T (Trigger Happy Records)

Oxman – CD 5 (Homemade CD)

Oxman – CD 17 (Homemade CD)

For the end of the year we have a Top Ten from Robin Allinson from the Music Preservation Society who have been reissuing some seriously rare Hardcore Jungle records recently. The Fast Floor LP is due soon, and I am seriously looking forward to it!

1. Hi Ryze “Hi Ryze EP” (Hi Ryze) Remastered

2. Ron Wells “Emotional Dials” (Sound Entity Records)

3. Mike Ash “Acid 4 Acid” (No Survivors)

4. Blak Beat Niks “A True Poet” (Clubhouse Records) (Restored and Remastered)

5. DMX Crew “The Wiggly Worm” (Super Rhythm Trax)

6. Psychoacoustic – “I Kommence / Wot We Are” (DANSE CITY RECORDS) Remastered

7. Xray Xperiments Volume 2 (Xray Xperiments) Remastered Double 12”

8. Bay B Kane Hustlers EP (Stay On Target)

9. Fast Floor “A Quest For Intelligence” (Sound Entity Records)

10. Tango Project “Project 1 (Dubplate Mixes)” (Steel Fingers Heritage)



Where Is The Love?

Yo! From Reckless!!!

This Blog was written to the sound of:

One of my favourite CDs. I’ve been doing a lot of travelling back and forth from Kent this week, and if I’ve not had a pint this is the best travelling music ever. If I’ve had a pint it has to be Tango & Ratty.

Work has been one of the busiest weeks of the year so far as you can imagine. No surprise with Christmas and the amount of solid, amazing stock thats out at the moment! I’m back in for the last push tomorrow; its going to be carnage!

We are all going to the Hinge Finger night tomorrow; you should come too.

Lots of amazing records in this week. Biggest biscuit came in all on its own (the guy had been saying for sometime how he was going to bring a copy in). Glen Miller “Where Is The Love” UK Doctor Bird. Proper, proper UK original, centre intact, decent enough condition. This has become a hugely sought after record, and for good reason. Its a proper crossover Rocksteady / Soul tune. Obviously Rocksteady is Soulful – but this pushes out even further into a tune that gets played regularly at big Soul nights around the country (if the DJ can find a copy!). It really is one of the best 45s ever made if you ask me.

Carrying on the Soul Tip – a huge pile of Soul and Funk 45s came in this week. All original issues, all in decent shape! Lots of Rare Groove and Breaks too. Rare and sought after platters from Cymande, Kool & The Gang, Black Heat, Irma Thomas, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown etc. We haven’t had a decent pile of Soul singles in for some time so I have no doubt these will fly out!!

One of our friends was over from his home in Berlin to see his family for Christmas and brought in about 500 heavy, heavy records. We’ve known Steve (Heatsick) since around 2001 and he’s always bought killer records. So we were more than happy to buy loads off him! There was a lot of Noise and Avant Garde, some newish Techno, Reggae, Afrobeat, Musique Concrete, Electroclash, Punk, Indie Rock, Hardcore, House….you name it. Some very rare Vinyl and CDs in this collection. Fushitsusha, Peter Brotzmann etc.

Lots more killer Kosmiche / Krautrock coming through. The same guy came back with some Cosmic Jokers, more Ash Ra well as some HP Lovecraft, Current 93, Kraftwerk etc. So clean too. This is definitely the start of what I think is going to be an amazing collection.

We’ve got loads more killer records due to come in this week, and still have some really killer records in – so wether you just want something for yourself or you want to get a last minute Christmas present I’d get down pronto! Don’t forget we also sell T Shirts, Gift Vouchers and Tote Bags!!!


This week we have a Top Ten from a really old friend of mine who’s been in loads of killer bands over the years but is currently fronting Margate Doom Metal Gods Ohmms!! Paul got me into so much killer music over the years from Beat Happening to Thrash Metal to mental Lo-Fi bands like Savage Malignant. So he’s probably partially to blame for me being here writing this today!

Oddly here is a picture of him with my old Housemate (Henry from Moloch who I had no idea he knew !)

1. The Wicker Man – Magnet & Paul Giovanni (1973) Creepy and classical folk music which perfectly matches the visuals that it accompanied. It’s the soundtrack I always come back to & I now probably listen to it more than I watch the film. It’s spellbinding.

2. Hellraiser – Christopher Young (1987) It’s cold and clinky in places & feels a bit scratchy even though I only have this on CD. Again another work of art that perfectly accompanies the movie which also happens to be my all time favourite film.

3. Creepshow – John Harrison (1982) I only recently bought the ‘waxwork records’ Vinyl rerelease & it took me back instantly to when I was a kid & watching this flick on video on a daily basis. Whilst I can’t say that weaker moments such as ‘They’re creeping up on you’ will stay with you until the day you die, the pulp feel throughout this score is certainly a sublimely crafted one plus the artwork & booklet inside is proper ace. It’s a fan treat.

4. Alien – Jerry Goldsmith (1979) Another one that I only have on CD and it’s still the same copy I’ve had since I was a kid. The scene at the beginning where the camera pans around the ship is so wonderfully scored by Goldsmith. The subtler moments on here are the key to building upon the feeling of oncoming dread in the movie.

5. It Follows – Disasterpeace (2015) The popularity of what I call synthwave but the rest of the world seemingly calls darkwave or vaporwave means that there are so many 2nd & 3rd rate protects in the mix that I can’t be bothered to sift through the mire any more. Remember what happened with grunge. Well, just like that. This one tho, this shone bright & can stand up in its own right as a great album. The fact that it scored one of my favourite films of the last few years is simply a bonus.

6. Day Of The Dead – John Harrison (1985) Great synth work yet again (although I could really do without the vocals on the terrible ‘If Tomorrow Comes’) especially on the bookended tracks. The ‘Waxwork Records’ reissue is, once again, vinyl perfection.

7. Poltergeist – Jerry Goldsmith (1982) This one is a real beautiful movie score but the big Spielberg budget means that the music feels over produced & overly sentimental in places. Saying that most of the time you can hear where that MGM dollar went. The sweeping strings & sharp crescendo’s are nothing but epic. Years later I bought the ‘Basic Instinct’ score he made & felt the guy had totally lost his edge, it was bland & predictable, no heart on the whole thing.

8. Under The Skin – Mica Levi (2014) The best movie of the last decade as far as I’m concerned & thankfully this otherworldly soundtrack adds to the intense visuals that appear in the screen. Its creepy & ominous from beginning to end & sounding lo-fi yet lush at the same time is a difficult balancing act to achieve. The reason it’s so low on my list is that it just puts me on edge every time I listen to it. So I tent not to come back to it much. It’s freaky as hell.

9. Trick or Treat – Fastway (1986) This is the only song based soundtrack on my list & it’s utter 80s hard rock perfection. I don’t know much about Fastway except there is an ex member of Motorhead in the band & that this soundtrack is a beat of album. Regardless, I’ve listened to this since I was a child & I continue to do so to this day even though the movie itself is a piece of crap (all be it a thoroughly enjoyable piece of crap).

10. The amitiville Horror – Lalo Schifrin Get it for the title track alone, this kept me up at night as a nipper. It’s got young kids singing a demonic chant & a nails down a chalkboard motif that begs you to lift the needle from the album. It’s horribly wonderful. The rest of the score over uses this initial melody but why not when it’s this good.

Thanks Paul!!! Killer list!

If you don’t know Ohhms you certainly should!

It’s Nearly Christmas!!!!


This blog was written to the sounds of:

Theres been some absolutely killer buying this week; lets get started!

  1. This nice geezer has started coming in with some really killer records. The first batch included a UK original Pick A Dub from Keith Hudson, original Scientist LPs, Misty In Roots – and some rare Moodymann LPs and 12″s. He was obviously super happy when we managed to give him some serious money so he came back a few days later with some super rare Rap (Raekwon, Dr Octagon, DJ Shadow, Ol Dirty Bastard, Deep Puddle Dynamics) and some proper heavy UK Roots (Jah Tubbys, Disciples, Jonah Dan, Dubkasm etc). Hopefully we will be seeing more of him as the records are totally killer!! Good taste!!

Loads of nice new Reissues of Rap, Hip Hop, Soul and Funk came in this week. Some funky library bits too. This included a load of new Now Again Records releases, Wu Tang Clan 7″s, Pharcyde 7″s, Dinosaur L 7″. Wicked!

I bought in an absolutely amazing pile of records from a nice bloke from Essex this week too. About 50 records. Seriously amazing titles: Popol Vuh, Can, Kraftwerk, Guru Guru, Amon Duul, Necromandus, Zoundz, The Adverts, Bow Downes (including the really rare Vertigo Records title). As you can see some really amazing titles. The condition is variable; but mostly they are in pretty amazing shape. These really won’t last long!!!

Plenty more Kosmiche titles came in this week too! It felt like Christmas had come early when another seller came in this week with a load of killer Ash Ra Tempel, Motorhead, Ozric Tentacles, Voivod, Fela Kuti, Caravan, The Velvet Underground etc. All in Near Mint condition – or above. Seriously!!!!

Some of our friends are expecting and decided to have a big clear out so we bought loads of wicked Hardcore Punk LPs and 45s this week. From Power Violence, to Garage to Thrash. Bands like Dead Dirg, Charles Bronson, Indian Summer, DS-13, Assfactor 4, Discharge, Germs, Negative Trend, Drop Dead, Los Crudos. You know the score! Actually quite a lot of out of print Scream too – I did wonder if those records would ever be worth anything!! Should have kept all that Witching Hour stuff!!

I started the week on a small lorry looking through about a thousand Drum & Bass / Dubstep 12″s. It was a seriously heavy collection – but one of those collections where there are loads of Triple Packs with Two 12″s in – but we managed to match them all up. Lots of killer Ram Records, Quarentine Records, Renegade Hardware etc right through to Metalheadz, Moving Shadow etc. Also a tonne of DMZ titles including some really rare ones. Full run of Analords from Apex Twin too. Yeah baby!

Had a few old friends pop in to sell records this week and they sold some heavy, heavy records. First pal: UK original Velvet Underground, Davey Graham; Phil Collins Box Set, Rickie Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, Ariel Pink, The Chills etc. Very cool. The Chills wrote one of my favourite songs.

Second pal: heavy, HEAVY rare Jazz titles; bit of Funk, bit of Reggae. Loads of very expensive titles – in amazing condition. Strata East, Art Farmer, Carol Of Harvest, Holger Czukay, Laaraji, Abdullah, Pandit Kanwar Sain Trikah, Shawi, Ali Farka Toure, Ned Doheny. don’t think there is anything there below Near Mint. Some very rare Jazz and associated here.

Lots more amazing stuff came in this week – bits from Chrome, DNA, Sub Love, Patrick Cowley, The Troggs, Dance Mania bits, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Aphrodites Child, Julie Driscoll, Scott Walker, Archie Sheep, Yuseff Lateef etc. Keep checking the Instagram.

If you are looking for a decent Christmas Gift we sell Gift Vouchers – any amount and they never go out of date (whilst we are still here!). 


This weeks Top Ten is from Kevin from Black Impulse (and loads of noisy bands!!). Its a list of records he’s been playing loads of recently. Thanks for bringing a bit more noise to Margate dude!!


-The Saints- Eternally Yours

Drunk In Hell-Drunk In Hell

Lower Slaughter-What Big Eyes

Funkadelic- Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic

Dead Neanderthals -Womb Of God

Blue Cheer- Insideoutside

King Ayisoba- Wicked Leaders

Amon Duul ll- Wolf City

Lothar and the Hand People- Presenting…

The Fugs- It Crawled into my hand, Honest


Check out Black Impulse here:


Very Much Buying was had!

Hello from Reckless!

This post was written to the sounds of this killer LEGOWELT jam:

Crazy, crazy buying this week. More than we have bought in quite some time. Lets get started!

Wowza, we bought some seriously rare 60’s (and some 70’s) 45s this week. Loads of very in-demand rarities. Pretty much all come with the original Company Sleeve, and most are in very decent shape! We bought them from a regular who always has killer stuff and has been buying and selling with us for years. In the collection are tonnes of demos too! Artists like The Yardbirds, Small Faces, Gracious, The Undertakers, The Measles, Brian Poole, Rare Bird, Zoot Money, The Pentad, Rockin’ Horse, Fairfield Parlour, Toe-Fat, The Mastermind, Glass Menagerie, Denny Seyton, The Alan Brown Set, Spooky Tooth, Sam Apple Pie, Skid Row, Sounds Incorporated, The V.I.P.’s, The Zephyrs, Mayfield’s Mule, Trendsetter Limited, Opus, Brainbox, Aubery Small, Writing On The Wall, Tony Knight, Danny Storm, Dave Lee, Judas Jump yadayadayada. Some seriously Freaky Bits!!! Certainly not records you see everyday!

Loads of Reggae in this week! Several DUB LPs from Scientist, few Dub ones from Studio One, Some Greensleeves Barrington Levy, Tommy McCook, UK original of Symarip on CLEAR VINYL (very rare!), some Skinhead singles, several Lee Perry LPs and 12″s. We also had loads of Reggae CDs come in this week. There were quite a few Out Of Print Trojan Records titles in there.

Loads of KILLER Disco also came in, I put loads of pictures up on our Instagram. I was off sick that day and it was pretty exciting getting constant updates of the killer biscuits rolling in. From P&P Classics like Cloud One to Hudson People to rare The Rah Band. All the Spacey titles too. These seem to be actually flying out the door. Some very rare titles in this lot too.

I bought in a really killer Free Jazz and Improv collection at the tail end of last week. Some seriously beautiful Records here. Love it. From underground US Free Jazz to Hardcore Improv – lots of players from all around the world: Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, John Zorn, Paul Bley, John Surman, Matthew Shipp, Michael J Smith, Steve Beresford…These are from the late 70s right up to early Noughties.

More rudeboy Jungle and Hardcore went out this week. Lots of Killer tunes. A real mix of old classics and high quality reissues (on labels such as Sub Logic and Ninety Two Retro). There were tunes from Babylon Timewarp, DJ Crystl, LTJ Bukem, Basic Rhythm, Xenophobia, Foul Play, The Moog, Acen, Nookie, Bay B Kane etc. Love it!!!

The guy with all the 80s records from last week with a huge pile of records for us (he must have a massive collection lol!). This time there was a lot of Psychedelia, Punk, Post Punk, Noise, Indie Rock… Some super nice titles from The Saints, 13th Floor Elevators, Brian Eno, Devo, Iggy & The Stooges, Sparks… Always killer never filler!

The CD team had a massive shake up the other day, you may notice the CD side have a load of new Sections. They have also reorganised the cabinets and the new Recommendation Wall! The Tapes are also all in the same place. They did a great job! They also bought in a seriously mental amount of CDs this week. Today they bought in about 300! Today some really nice Japanese CDs came in, a great mixture of Easy Listening/Exotica and Jazz. Some really rare titles there!!

Duncan was in on Monday and bought in a load of really nice 70s titles. This included original albums from Cream, Fotheringay, Sandy Denny, Clark Hutchinson, Fairport Convention, The Beatles, David Crosby. Loads more, all original!

We have our Christmas Party on Friday so please be nice to us on Saturday!

The Brainiac Five have a gig coming up!

Our friend Tommy Shotton (who used to work in Beanos!) from Man Diamond (and he was also in Do Me Bad Things and many other bands!). Gave us this Top Ten. Thanks buddy!

1. AL Lloyd – Leviathan! Ballads and Songs of the Whaling Trade
2. Captain Beyond – Lost and Found: Demos 1972-73
3. Billy Harper – Soran Bushi
4. Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock ‘n’ Roll
5. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun single
6. Locklatar och musik pa horn och piper: Ancient Swedish pastoral music
7. Death – Individual Thought Patterns
8. AOR Global Vol. 1
9. Steve Winwood – While You See a Chance single
10. Spiritual Jazz Vol 7: Islam


Thanks Tommy!

Check out XMANDIAMONDX here:

Rap, Punk, Drum & Bass in a Christmas Stylee!!!

Salut from Reckless Records!!


This Blog Post was written to the sounds of Israel Vibration. For me, a real perfect track.

This week has been insanely busy, stock has been flying out the door quicker than you can even imagine! Theres been some serious buying this week however, so fear not! As you probably know we have a pretty quick turnover at Reckless. Usually if we put something out we expect it to sell within a week. Its fairly rare that stock doesn’t go that quick. Lots of people have started buying Christmas presents from us; we got tonnes of nice bits in right now; and if you can’t find anything we also sell Gift Vouchers!

Talking of Christmas, I will be pricing all of the Christmas Vinyl up tomorrow in time for December the 1st. We are also planning on reorganising the CDs tomorrow and sprucing it all up a bit.

Tom bought in an absolutely wicked CD collection this week – a few thousand CDs. Its a real mix of stuff like Jazz, Rock, Indie, Soundtracks, Punk, Techno, Soul etc but the best stuff has to be the huge amount of KILLER 90’s Rap CDs. There are loads of really rare titles, the guy had amazing taste: UGK, Mobb Deep, Intelligent Hoodlam, Public Enemy, Group Home, Helter Skelter, Gang Starr, Spice 1, The Notorious BIG, Nas…..

About 100 of these CDs are going out everyday; and they are selling super quick. These CDs are all in perfect condition too. We only sell CDs that are near perfect unless they have Marked But Guaranteed stickers (and even these should be in great condition!

I bought in a real stonking 80s collection from a fairly regular seller on Tuesday. He always sells in killer records and this was no exception. There was nearly an entire collection from The Cramps (surely one of the greatest bands of all time?), all The Ramones, Dead Boys, Richard Hell, Radio Birdman, Circle Jerks (one of the best 12″s ever;  just perfect), The Misfits, The Velvet Underground, The Meteors, Shockabilly, Husker Du, The Clash. You know the score. There were also a few US Roots (and US Roots revivalists!) titles in there too. Just listen to how killer the Circle Jerks were:

Rinsing out!! Scott bought in a load of biddy-biddy badboy Drum & Bass this week. All the classics mate. Half of it went straight in the cheap (a whole new row!) and half is getting processed. Loads of Good Looking Records, Hospital, V, Ram etc. Some huge records here.  We also bought in quite a few Drum & Bass LPs this week. Plus we have a copy of the latest 12″ from the always killer Tim Reaper.

Lots of Jazz came in this week too; Blue Notes especially. I’ve been trying to get as many pics up of all of the Jazz on our Instagram so its a good idea to keep on top of that if you want first dibs, Loads of Herbie Hancock in this week especially. I also bought in a fair few Improv and Free Jazz titles that I will get out tomorrow hopefully.

Quite a few interesting 60s titles this week too; including a nice White Album and a very rare Picture Disc from The Beatles. There were also rare LPs in decent condition from Nico, Small Faces, The Hollies, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd.

The Brainiac Five have a gig coming on the 15th of December with The Green Ray and Jessie Pie! Don’t miss out!


This week we have a Top Ten from the coolest man in Dublin Eddie Kenrick. Eddie is in The Number Ones and The Pacifics – he also played in Crowd Control and DJs Reggae regularly in Dublin! Eddie gave us a much larger Top Ten which I appreciate.


Kleenex/LiLiput – Hitch-Hike

The Bats – Made Up in Blue

Arthur Comics – Isgodaman

Shonen Knife – Cycling is Fun (‘Yama-no Attchan’ version)

Television Personalities – The Glittering Prizes

T.S.U. Tornadoes – Got to Get Through to You

Stalag 17 – Doomsday Machine (‘From Belfast With Love’ demo version)

Arthur Russell – What It’s Like

Gang Starr – Work The La’s – Looking Glass

Charlene and the Soul Serenaders – Love Changes

Van Morrison – Jackie Wilson Said

Efialtis – Na’sai

Richard and Linda Thompson – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight

Gene Pitney – It Hurts to Be in Love

Aslan – This Is

The Vapors – News at Ten

Gun Outfit – Legends of My Own

The Blades – Hot For You (demo)

Thane Russal – Security

The Freshmen – You’ve Never Heard Anything Like It

Toy Love – Don’t Ask Me

The Beatles – There’s a Place

Phats and Small – Turn Around

That Paul McCartney and Nirvana song that sounds like Wolfmother


I recommend you watch this video from The Number Ones; I actually think its the best music video ever made. Thank you for the music!

It Was All A Dream!!!

Yo! From Reckless!!!


This Blog was written to the sounds of The King Of Queens.

Its been another busy week. Sorting this horrible leak has been taking up most of our time again. We’ve gone through it so hardcore just because we don’t want anyone getting even 1% affected stock and we’re happy we’ve done a thorough job!! It’s been incredibly busy this week, with loads of stock flying out at a superhuman speed. The Progressive/Psychedelic collection absolutely flew out. There are still some really good bits from it going out so keep checking. We also found a few hundred Jungle/Drum & Bass 12″s that have been going out, as well as more of the UK Garage. I have been jamming out loads of Classic Rock this week; just to make sure we have all of the staple titles in the racks for the run up to Christmas. I also priced up a load more Black Metal and Black Metal titles (I think thats the last of them now).

Some great stuff in this week. Firstly I bought in a load of really great Experimental titles from one of our regular sellers (himself a famous artist/musician/journalist). This included nearly a full run of the large oversize Mego Records cds. Mego was a killer label from Austria that was responsible for artists like Fennesz, Jim O’Rourke, Pita, Hecker, Fransisco Lopez, Merzbow, Peter Rehberg, Russell Haswell etc. Lots of great glitchy electronic sounds. I remember these sounds incredibly futuristic at the time. It really felt that they were doing something different. From the same collection came a few hardcore Improv LPs. Please note: due to the awkward size of these CD sleeves they are on display next to the Jazz.

From an old friend (and notorious Italo Disco promoter) I bought in some really tasty records last night. It was a wild mix of super rare Technical Death Metal LPs, Modern Italo rarities, very expensive Computer Game soundtrack LPs, Cosmic 45s, Post Metal/Post Rock standards from artists like Jesu, Isis, Earth etc. There are some super cool records here.

To go along with all of the Rare Psychedelia and Progressive Rock we bought in this week we bought in a rare Daddy Longlegs LP this week. Its their last LP, Shifting Sands, from 1972 on Polydor. We have the UK original. No youtube clips from this LP so here is one from one of their other ones:

Lots more great CDs in this week. A whole bunch of really great Japanese Progressive Rock / Classic Rock titles. Artists like Camel, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Genesis, Wishbone Ash. You know the score! Classic albums, and probably one of the best ways to hear them with the right stereo. Lots of very rare Indian CDs also came in this week. We have been playing through these and a lot of them are actually amazing. Tonnes of rare Beat/Psych CDs too: from the UK to the USA to all over the world.  Loads of killer Reggae CDs; including a really nice collection of late 80s Dancehall titles. Rare to come through on CD.

Also on the Reggae front – some nice LPs and 12″s came in this week. Lots of classic titles (including loads from Bob Marley), classic Roots tune “Light Up Your Spliff” from George Nooks, plus some super obscure titles such as Roar Oh Lion from The Ventilators.

We also bought in some killer 90s Rap titles this week: original US copies from Nas, The Notorious BIG, Scarface, Wu Tang Clan, DJ Shadow etc. Condition is variable but these are hard to find in any condition these days!!!!

We also bought in a huge pile of P-Funk and James Brown/JB’s titles this week. Like about 50 titles!!! You just can’t mess with these records.

I also bought in a copy of this weird Post/Punk Indie 12″. Its really, really rare. Has a bit of a Felt/The Cure vibe. Its really good actually.

I better stop here as I’m just off to a collection in Peckham!

This weeks Top Ten is from the Lord of the Memes; the POUNDLANDBANDIT!!!



10. Product Of Waste – You won’t Take Me Alive; Fast, pissed off hardcore, one of the best to come out in recent years. RIP Terry.

9. Milk Music – Beyond Living; stupidly good garage/fuzz punk from Olympia, Washington, listened to this EP more than I can count since it’s release.

8. Battery – Only the diehard remain; one of the best straight edge bands ever, period.

7. Moss Icon – Lyburnum Wits End; One of the emo-hardcore pioneers, super raw with weird and wicked lyrics.

6. Special Move – Curse of the black water; Makes me want to spin kick everyone in the entire world at the same time. Essex’s finest.

5. Orchid – Chaos is me; proper 90’s screamo, not this b*llocks your 15 year old nephew listens to.

4. Saves The Day – Can’t Slow Down; wicked pop/emo-punk when it was still fast and everyone wore chunky skate shoes. Know most of these songs off by heart

3. Misfits – Static Age; one of the first albums that got me into hardcore/punk and it’s a timeless banger.

2. Depeche Mode – Black Celebration; Only like this to impress moody birds who wear all black

1. Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality; Come on mate I don’t even have to explain.

(Bonus Entry – My Chemical Romance – I brought you my bullets, you brought me your love; legitimately ones of the best emo punk albums ever and I know every song)


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