I recently had the honor of being named “Record Collector of the Month” on the website of Enjoy The Ride Records, an indie reissue label here on Long Island. I had a great time doing an interview with them, which you can find on their website along with this photo collage.
I was their February collector, so a lot of the interview tied into with Valentine’s Day, hence the heart-shaped “What You Won’t Do For Love” record by Bobby Caldwell. As for the other photos, there’s…
• Me and my beloved (we actually met on February 14 years ago—at an anti-Valentine’s Day party).
• A wonderful example of crazy packaging—a 10-inch Bananarama picture disc in a double clam-shell case that spins open. The song is a cover of The Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Running” (AKA “Without love, where would you be now”) and it’s surprisingly good.
• My favorite Enjoy The Ride release—a multicolored 12-inch of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme.
• A Public Enemy 12-inch recently signed by Flavor Flav and Keith Shocklee—and the cover photo was taken on the Meadowbrook Parkway, here on Long Island!
• The rarest record I own—the only known vinyl copy of Tears For Fears’ 2004 album, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending.