On her morning walk yesterday Meg found a melted stack of 45RPM singles left on the curb. I couldn’t stand to leave them there, so I walked a couple of tote bags over and carried the stack home.
I didn’t know what the heck I was going to do with them until I decided to just go through the stack as I found it and add the songs to a Spotify playlist in order (and then go back through and add the other sides):
Unbelievably, some of the records survived, and I had fun posting some of the survivors to Instagram. Most exciting to me was a decent copy of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”/ “Wind Cries Mary”:
I’ve heard “Purple Haze” a million times, but it sounded new to me on this 45 — I don’t think I’ve ever actually listened to it on vinyl, and the echo on Jimi’s voice sounded like it was coming out of a large tin can. Pretty excellent.
There were many, many casualties. The Beatles and Beach Boys must’ve lived at the top of the heap, so to speak, because they were all warped beyond play. Two of the saddest casualties for me were Otis Redding and the Electric Prunes.
But there were some other survivors! Roy Orbison, Barry White, Sinatra, Stones — I was most excited about “Little Girl” from Syndicate of Sound and Shadows of Knight’s “Gloria” cover. (It was right on the edge, but I love that Dunwich label, so I kept it.)
I don’t know how often I’ll listen to them, but I have enjoyed the Spotify playlist.
I was tempted to knock on the door and talk to the people in the house, but in some ways, I’d rather them be a mystery and think about who they are or might’ve been…
Update: I’ve been going back to some 45s I overlooked and keep finding some playable ones, like this wild Pete Drake track, “Forever” — the single version on the 45 actually isn’t streaming. It’s great!