I stopped by Crying All The Way To The Chip Shop, where londonlee has posted a scene from one of my favourite films of my youth, Diner. In the scene, Shrevie is trying to explain, albeit rather scarily the merits of his record collection and the importance of filing said pieces of vinyl to a rather ambivalent Beth (Ellen Barkin), the scene encapsulates rather well how serious some people take music and in the end you feel rather sorry for Shrevie and the pathetic specimen of a man that he is.
The only other film which, comes close to conveying the, some would say, sorry life of the record collector is High Fidelity. When I first read the book there was a passage which got me to thinking, god I wish that would happen to me and I started to feel rather envious of Rob until I got a grip and reminded myself that it was a mere work of fiction but then again what if that happened. The scene was not in the finished film, however it has been posted on YouTube.
If you want to watch it you will have to click on the link as the embedding has been disabled for some reason.
I have always had a couple of problems with this scenario from the first time I read the book.
Firstly, the guy couldn’t have thought that much of his collection in the first place if he left it and ran away with a young thing. Surely he knew what the consequences would be?
My second problem with the passage/scene is Rob’s, frankly pathetic response when the wife says that she only wants fifty quid for the whole priceless collection. All that, “I couldn’t do that to another collector” is bollocks, I don’t know anybody who in that situation would walk away, no matter how straight your moral backbone was , it’s sheer nonsense, you would be down at the cash machine in a shot, insisting that the lady go with you, just in case some other guy was to turn up while you were getting the cash. Anyway, if you combine it with my highly plausible argument in point one, then there really is no moral quandary anyway, as the guy didn’t deserve the vinyl in the first place.
I used to have nightmares about coming home and finding that L, in a fit of pique had taken all of my records out and made one huge ashtray out of them in the back garden. It was my only worry. I have had to move them all on a couple of occasions and know exactly how much time and effort goes into shifting them, so I reasoned that if some burglar with such good taste managed to get them out of the house and whisked away without anybody being alerted then he (as it would most certainly be a male) deserved the haul.
A couple of years ago I was asked by somebody what record I would save if I only had time to get one out of the house? This thought troubled me, I would be so indecisive that the house would probably come crashing down around me while I was trying to choose. This preyed on my mind for quite a time until I came up with the solution.
So I bought 2 very good quality Swan flight cases, one which could holds 100 12″ records and one which could hold 200″ 7″ ones.
A lot of difficult choices had to be made as to which records warranted inclusion in the boxes and the decisions were not made on financial value as quite a few of the records which are worth money such as the first Fireman album, were never in the running. It took some time but the contents haven’t changed that much since then, there have been a few old ones that have had to make way for certain new ones but no major upheavels. At the moment I am debating as to whether the mighty Fall should have a box all of their own or would it be enough just to save the vinyl I have in the boxes and the Peel sessions box set.
Anyway, to the point of the post, does this information and the further disclosures to be made make me a sadsack or just someone with a healthy interest in music? I know which L believes.
Here are 2 records from the afore mentioned boxes
From the 7″ box
Frightened Rabbit – Head Rolls Off
and the twelves
Slam – Positive Education