a brace of Affairs

Digging in a box of Charity Shop records:

Here we go again! This morning I was shopping for groceries in my local town centre and decided to check out the window of one of the charity shops. What would the British Heart Foundation have today? Anything interesting for me?

Last week they had both albums by The Specials priced up at £15. They were original copies on the 2-Tone label. I was a little hesitant to buy them at that price so decided to pass on those, which I obviously regretted as soon as I got home.

So with that in mind I ventured back to the shop in the hope that they still had at least the debut album still in the window for sale. Sadly, both Specials albums were gone. But in their place was ‘New Clear Days’ by The Vapors and a Smiths record.

My interest was stirred. Could there be more new vinyl inside? I entered the shop and made my way to the back wall where the rack of records, CDs and books were usually stacked. And sure enough, someone must have donated a load of late ’70s and ’80s oddball albums / indie gear.

On offer for sale were items by Siouxsie & the Banshees, The House Of Love, The Jesus & Mary Chain, and All About Eve, The Church and The Only Ones cassettes. The latter were marked up at £1 each. A bargain price for anyone still playing tapes. I no longer have a cassette deck that works!

Both Secret Affair albums were for sale at £5 each and I couldn’t go home without those. I have all of their singles but never got around to buying ‘Glory Boys’ or ‘Behind Closed Doors’. It’s all about being in the right place and the right time.

Of course I’ll be going back to the British Heart Foundation tomorrow in the hope that there will be even more records in the racks. Perhaps some old mod / punk has decided to give their collection away!

Coming home today:
  • Secret Affair – ‘Glory Boys’ (I-Spy Records 1) 1979
  • Secret Affair – ‘Behind Closed Doors’ (I-Spy Records 2) 1980

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