An occasional topic of dispute around here is our enthusiasm for vandalized record covers. I don’t think either of us has ever written on the jacket of a record, but we’ve saved a lot of them with various additions and commentaries. One of the many features of our new webpage is this blog, which allows usan opportunity to share a few of them once in a while. We’d also love to see any vandalized records you’ve collected if you’d like to share.
A favorite from our collection of vandalized records – I don’t know what I like about it more, the fact that there are bumper stickers out there which say “Canadian pigs make you sick!” or the fact that somebody saved this sticker until he could find an Anne Murray record. Were there no Joni Mitchell records around? No Neil Young? If I had a Diane Krall album that’s where I would have stuck it.
I wonder what percentage of Shilo covers haven’t had the dots connected. You could probably ask the same question about Who by Numbers and the newspaper that Thick as a Brick folds into. I imagine once you start connecting the dots, its tempting to express yourself a little more. I wouldn’t trade this copy of Shilo for one with a clean cover, if only because of the squiggly chest hair.
This one is a recent addition to our collection – It came from the WCCO library which Hymie’s purchased a couple months back. Lots of the records had radio station labels and cue timings, and several had commentaries, but this was the gem of the lot. Somebody put a lot of work into this subtle expression of malice and I love it.
This last one isn’t the most creative act of record cover vandalism, but its just mean-spirited enough to be charming. Nobody would do this to Perry Como’s A Legendary Performer cover.
Our next feature will be records on which the owner has written his or her name, which is probably a more controversial subject to collectors. There have been a lot of discussions about this at Hymie’s lately. Some of us can’t stand it and seem to consider the entire package destroyed, while others (such as myself) kind of like it. Feel free to disagree, and tune in later this week to see a few examples.
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