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  • #16
    The inner sleeve of my copy of the 12 Tops with '2001' on in has got an elaborately drawn face, with the die cut centre representing a gaping mouth - slightly scary if truth be told.

    In Aldershot I saw a 'Top Of The Pops' LP which had obvously been used as a peace offering after a teenage tiff, as it was covered in drawings and messages like 'I'm really sorry I hurt your feelings' - I felt like I was intruding on a private conversation. I hope they worked it out in the end.

    There are a couple of good ones in Basingstoke at the moment too - an Ad-Rhythm drum tracks EP has got 'Oh no, it's exactly the record you didn't want!' scrawled on it, and in another shop there's a copy of Glen Madeiros' 'Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You' with a heartfelt love note on the front which begins 'Like the song says.....' - you can guess the rest. Obviously, she didn't feel the same way......

    Oh yeah, isopropyl alcohol and distilled water is apparently the stuff to use for cleaning records. You have to get the right ratio though - I think it's four parts water to one alcohol, but I can't remember.

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    • #17
      one of my favourite scrawled-on sleeves belongs to a noel coward record i picked up fairly recently (not sure why i picked it up, maybe the scrawling). on the back is a detailed biography of noel and someone had scribbled out his name, only to add his own - all the way throughout. venue names were changed to local ones, times were changed, a lot of other stuff and all in worrying detail.

      i thought it must have belonged to some local thespian or entertainer and by doing a little bit of googling, sure enough his name came up as the director of a local dramatic society and well into his seventies.

      what worries me most is this bloke wasn't some pre-school kid scrawling all over a record for the hell of it!  

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      • #18
        A few years back I called in at the Oxfam in the centre of Bath to find they'd had a load of white label LPs in - test pressings from the late 70's, presumably from someone who'd worked in the industry, maybe as a plugger or at a radio station. No info sheets with any of them, but they'd all been helpfully described on the plain white sleeves in two-inch high felt pen writing - whether by the original owner or not, I don't know. I obviously skipped past 'dull dull dull' and 'hopeless slush' but was almost tempted by 'boring folk woman' and 'just pop'. Not at two pounds a time though.
        We know when a mate buys it for you too.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by [b
          Quote[/b] (MystDrF @ Mar. 10 2004,21:17)]I once had a sleeve that said 'Listen to this and you will die' written on it.....So I did and I din't...Though when I do shuffle off thsi mortal coil I will not know if it was truly my time...It's grim living under a vinyl related curse, so my tip is don't be like me
          Hey, I've seen 'The Ring' - any chance of letting us know what the risky LP in question is? Just in case I find myself tracking something and mangled hands start pushing out of the speaker cones...

          Afraid the best I've found (apart from three flamboyantly signed Max Bygraves LPs, all in the same box) are the classic TOTP girls with goatees, blacked out teeth, specs and breast/crotch 'enhancement' of various degrees of obscenity.

          And a copy of 'Bad' with Michael Jackson transformed with blue biro into a demonic, pointy-eared something-or-other straight out of Peter Jackson's digital workshops. Maybe it belonged to one of his plastic surgeons or something?
          a giant steam-powered turntable in warwickshire plays six foot cement recordings of Prince Albert's speeches to the rejoicing populace

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          • #20
            Originally posted by [b
            Quote[/b] (Lord Thames @ Mar. 11 2004,22:58)]In Aldershot I saw a 'Top Of The Pops' LP which had obvously been used as a peace offering after a teenage tiff, as it was covered in drawings and messages like 'I'm really sorry I hurt your feelings' - I felt like I was intruding on a private conversation. I hope they worked it out in the end.
            Perhaps the author hurt her feelings by offering a crumby "Top of the Pops" album as a gift.....
            Endless Tripe

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            • #21
              Originally posted by [b
              Quote[/b] ]Hey, I've seen 'The Ring' - any chance of letting us know what the risky LP in question is? Just in case I find myself tracking something and mangled hands start pushing out of the speaker cones...
              It was some 70's glam rock attempt by a bunch of characters going by the name of Diamond Red, coming to think of it a bit of me dies everytime I listen to it.
              Specialising in Rusty Goffe since 2009

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              • #22
                Originally posted by [b
                Quote[/b] (son of stan @ Mar. 12 2004,11:01)]
                Originally posted by [b
                Quote[/b] (Lord Thames @ Mar. 11 2004,22:58)]In Aldershot I saw a 'Top Of The Pops' LP which had obvously been used as a peace offering after a teenage tiff, as it was covered in drawings and messages like 'I'm really sorry I hurt your feelings' - I felt like I was intruding on a private conversation. I hope they worked it out in the end.
                Perhaps the author hurt her feelings by offering a crumby "Top of the Pops" album as a gift.....
                I dunno - if it was an Alan Caddy 'England's Top 12' I'd have married her.......

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                • #23
                  Found a great one on Saturday. Its a Jack Jones LP. The previous owner has drawn hearts containing the words "4 ME" each time his name appears on the sleeve.

                  Then she appears to have got carried away and drawn heart shaped speech bubbles on the front and back cover images of Jack saying "I LUV U" and "WILL U MARRY ME."
                  Endless Tripe

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by [b
                    Quote[/b] (wooly @ Mar. 11 2004,23:37)]one of my favourite scrawled-on sleeves belongs to a noel coward record i picked up fairly recently (not sure why i picked it up, maybe the scrawling). on the back is a detailed biography of noel and someone had scribbled out his name, only to add his own - all the way throughout. venue names were changed to local ones, times were changed, a lot of other stuff and all in worrying detail.
                    yup, i've come across this a few times, most recently on a Northern Soul comp (can't remember the title - it's got wigan's chosen few on it), and in a similar manner, some chap has crossed out various artists names in favour of his own.

                    and, rather bizarrely, he's even made a small banner type drawing on the back of the sleeve, giving a date and a town (halifax) at which he'll be appearing!!

                    said date was well before my time but i suspect it was more fantasy on the writer's part than fact. unless anyone knows of any artists who scribble on the back of other peoples records...

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by [b
                      Quote[/b] (son of stan @ Mar. 15 2004,16:26)]Found a great one on Saturday. Its a Jack Jones LP. The previous owner has drawn hearts containing the words "4 ME" each time his name appears on the sleeve.

                      Then she appears to have got carried away and drawn heart shaped speech bubbles on the front and back cover images of Jack saying "I LUV U" and "WILL U MARRY ME."
                       
                      Which makes me wonder what, as someone who clearly adores Jack Jones, persuaded her to give the LP away - did he spurn her advances?

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by [b
                        Quote[/b] (Lord Thames @ Mar. 12 2004,22:17)]I dunno - if it was an Alan Caddy 'England's Top 12' I'd have married her.......
                        Er, why Lord T? I mean, I see the attraction of the lass on the front, but not the music (not that it's bad but nothing amazing IMO)?  
                        You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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