For vinyl lovers everywhere Record Store Day is like Christmas Day. The planning, the anticipation, the saving of the pocket money (!) and the getting up early to see what you've got. It's exciting and it rarely disappoints....unlike Christmas Day!
But why has it become such a big deal, and why have music lovers embraced it so much?
Since Chris Brown and Criminal Record's Eric Levin, devised the concept for Record Store Day in Baltimore, Maryland. back in 2007 with just 10 releases, it is now celebrated at stores around the world.
It was on 19th April 2008 when Metallica kicked off the very first Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in Mountain View, California. Amongst the few bands and artists taking part were Death Cab For Cutie, R.E.M., Stephen Malkmus, Vampire Weekend, The Teenagers, Black Kids, and Jason Mraz. Approximately 300 stores launched Record Store Day in the United States.
That was then and this is now. Record Store Day has become a behemoth. It's celebrated worldwide with thousands of limited edition releases being made available and vinyl fans queuing through the night to get their hands on them.
So to the UK and how we have embraced the phenomenon. This year's ambassadors are The Mighty Boosh, a strange yet inspired choice. More on that later.
Over 200 independent record stores will take part in this year's event. Artists and bands will be performing at stores up and down the country making this year the biggest in it's history and ensuring it is one of the highlights on every music-lover's calendar.
Back to The Mighty Boosh and whilst they may not be obvious choices for ambassadors their love of music means they are the perfect candidates. Self-professed record lovers Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding are the writers and stars of the acclaimed British comedy The Mighty Boosh, and are the first comedians to take on Record Store Day’s illustrious ambassador role. They follow in the footsteps of Sir Elton John, Run the Jewels, St Vincent, Pearl Jam and many more. Here’s what they have to say about supporting the event:
I get that the whole thing perhaps only appeals to people of a certain age. Those who have fond memories of going to record stores in their youth, flicking through vinyl albums and singles, taking their hard-saved pocket money to the counter and buying new music. But this is much more than that now, this is life to those independent stores. The higher the profile Record Store Day becomes the more chance we have of keeping record stores on our streets.
There truly is nothing like the feel of an album. The action of putting it on your turntable and listening to the music whilst reading the album notes or admiring the cover artwork. It's for this reason that we MUST support the day and we MUST continue to buy physical music, because without it the industry will die and we will be left with digital music.
The link below has a full list of official RSD 2019 releases. Not all shops will stock every release so please also check in with your local record shop directly using our store locator.