“Hatful Of Hollow”

Digging in a box of Charity Shop records:

Here we go again! – This morning, I was back in my local shopping centre in Washington making my regular visit to the Post Office. Another item sold on eBay overnight. Keeping the sales going and the money rolling in, that’s what it’s all about folks!

Anyway, I checked out the British Heart Foundation once again for records. It didn’t appear that they had moved any more yesterday, The Vapors, Altered Images, House Of Love and the Mighty Lemon Drops were still in the racks. However, a Jesus & Mary Chain had appeared from nowhere!

I couldn’t resist The Smiths ‘Hatful Of Hollow’ on Rough Trade. I left this in the shop yesterday because I assumed it was just a collection of their early singles, A & B sides. I have all those anyway. But I did some research and realised that the numbers were re-recordings from various Radio One sessions for John Peel and David Jensen shows.

I don’t know the Japan album at all but have read that their early music was inspired by early ’70s rock ‘n’ roll groups like New York Dolls and Alice Cooper and not the synth pop gear that I thought they had only created. At £8 the album was worth a gamble.

I had a chat with the assistant who informed me that the Charity have a guy who researches the donated records and prices them accordingly. That made sense because the albums were priced at eBay levels for the most part, especially The Smiths record which I paid £20 for.

At least I know that my money was going towards a good and worthy cause and according to the notation at the bottom of my receipt: “Thank you so much for visiting us today. You’re a real life saver.”

Coming home today:
  • The Smiths – ‘Hatful Of Hollow’ (Rough Trade 76) 1984
  • Japan – ‘Adolescent Sex’ (Fame FA 4131081) 1978

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