I went to a record store yesterday and bought my dad the latest David Bowie recording on CD. I didn’t think to buy the latest Prince album as well.
I had previously bought the Bowie from a well known online retailer, but the case hadn’t protected it. My dad, lifelong Bowie fan, had been at the point of putting the CD into his car when he realised it was split.
I vowed to myself to go to a proper shop and buy him the album, though it took me a few opportunities to do it. In the end I went to Rough Trade Records in Nottingham and they were happy to open it to check it was OK.
Dad usually complains when I buy him Christmas, birthday or father’s day gifts, so I knew my purchase was right when he didn’t offer to give it me back.
It was later when I was at home making tea that I realised that Prince had died as well.
My first 7 inch single should have been Prince. I clearly remember looking at singles in Asda in Preston in 1987. I seem to recall I wanted ‘When Doves Cry’, though my mum and dad wouldn’t let me have that. I was ten or 11 at the time. I ended up with ‘What’s the Colour of Money’ by Brother Beyond.
I got a turntable again recently, and was able to play my son a track off the Hunky Dory Bowie album my brother had passed back to me. I declined to play the Brother Beyond single. I was pleased to have a Michael Jackson album (Bad, 1987) and a ropey copy of ‘Pump up the Volume’ by MARRS on 7 inch (also 1987). I was even able to have a Bangles moment (with actions).
This is the bit where my brain will not get to the punchline and finish the blog because Prince….? Too many stars have gone out this year.
(c) Rebecca Deans 2016
Ain’t that the truth. On the plus side, it is yet another kick up the arse to remind us to get on and live our lives.
I’m afraid my first single was Juke Box Jive by the Rubettes – probably about 1974. My tastes have improved since then, but not much.
Around 1987 I learnt all the words to Melly Mel’s hit ‘White Lines’ as my disco team used to dance to it so Prince really wasn’t that bad!
I’ll look forward to hearing your rendition next Tuesday…