• Artist: Woods Of Ypres
    Record: Woods 4: The Green Album
    This record is one of the rarest in my collection. This isn’t the reason why it has a special meaning to me; it was a gift by someone who once called me his everything. The thing is, that almost every song on this record is about this subject; breaking up, feeling isolated and worthless. Anyway, this album is more than that. It’s a beautiful piece of music that helped me to look at things from a different perspective.
  • Artist: The Supremes
    Record: I Hear A Symphony
    The Supremes. Record: I Hear A Symphony. "The genesis of my love of collecting vinyl & drinking whisky! One random night I just decided to put on Mum’s 1966 original of this classic for the first time with all its pops and crackles and poured a drink. I’d never really listened to motown before and this blew my mind! With the whisky combination, it felt timeless! Not only was it immediately sentimental but it was the first time I realised there are so many great records out there I need to discover... or maybe I was just drunk!
  • Artist: Motely Crue
    Record: Shout At The Devil
    In my 9th grade math class, instead of paying attention to the lesson, I was flipping through the latest issue of “Hit Parader” magazine. Now that’s nothing unusual given I didn’t like the class, but what was unusual back in that late Fall of 1983 were these four guys in an ad for something called “Shout At The Devil.” Who were these dudes? What the heck are they wearing? And OMG!! Where can I get this album???? I went out and bought it the same week. 35 years and 4 copies later...I’m still in love with it. These guys were angry. I mean really pissed off. So was I at that time. It was perfection. I loved every second of it! I read every article I could find, watched every interview with Nikki Sixx ever aired. He said things that I related to, connected with. “It’s Shout At The Devil, not with the devil,” he would repeatedly say. The so called, self-appointed “child protector” groups like the PMRC, at the time continued to turn Motley Crue and many others into some kind of devil-worshipping circus in the media. Those idiots couldn’t have been further from the true. As if all kids listening to this would turn into drug-addicted satanists (Rolling my eyes.) Hey Tipper, I’ve turned into a professional at a financial services firm. Drug-free and a Christian. Sorry to disappoint you. To me, more proof that Nikki and the boys were right. Question authority. Speak your mind. Don’t follow like a sheep, and when you know in your gut you are right...you shout at that devil. I’ve passed that wonderful life lesson down to my own son, who is now also in 9th grade today. Last week my son came home and said “Mom, my teacher said something so ridiculously wrong, and I knew it was, because I could feel it was wrong...so I challenged her. Mom, you taught me that when adults say stupid stuff, I need to question it. I can’t let it go!!” I turned to him and said, “Yes son, I sure did teach you that. I sure did.
  • Artist: The Velvet Underground
    Record: White Light/White Heat
    I was in New York City in April 2013. It was the final stop of a long and troubled road trip. For my final day in town I decided I was gonna go crate diggin' and buy something representative of the city I was in (which is something I try to do in every city I visit). What's more representative than The Velvets and what's more New York-sounding than their sophomore album? Nasty, sexy, dangerous. Just like NYC in the late 60s. Plus, white vinyl, which came as a surprise since there was no indicator in the sleeve the LP was pressed that way.
  • Artist: Gentleman
    Record: Journey To Jah
    I‘m neither a reggae addict nor a big fan of this artist. But “Journey To Jah“ by Gentleman will always be one of the most important albums for me. When it was released, I was about 15 or 16 years old and a very exciting time of my life started. I will always remember that amazing party at a friends‘ house, where I heard this music for the first time. Whenever I play it, it takes me back to that special night and that whole magic summer (as you can imagine, a lot of parties followed...). There is no other album that symbolizes a live section of mine in that way. It was almost impossible to get the sold out vinyl version until it was reissued a few years ago. Guess who pre-ordered it immediately!
  • Artist: The White Stripes
    Record: De Stijl
    This is the first record that was my own. I was 7, a Canadian living in Michigan, I remember "Hello Operator" playing on a college radio station and my mom telling me "This band’s going to be big". It was my first cool band that I was into that didn't belong to a generation before me. My friends were all listening to Eminem and Brittney Spears... and I had this band to save me from all that. I remember wanting to only wear black, white, and red. I wanted to learn an instrument. Seeing their Lego music video and being mind blown. You usually outgrow the bands you love as a kid, but I never did. The White Stripes are still in my top 3 bands of all time. A powerful duo. It's still my favorite project Jack White played in. Here I am today, working at Spinster Records in Dallas, Texas. I am Blasting them and moving to it like I did when I was 7. Some records you never get sick of.