First record you ever owned?
Answer: Guns’n’Roses – “Use Your Illusion, Part II”.
Justification: Quoting “Get in the ring”: «What you pissed off cuz your dad gets more pussy than you? / Fuck you / Suck my fuckin' dick». This was a gift from my parents for my 9th birthday – great parenting skills or what?
First record you bought and still have?
Answer: Metallica – “Ride the Lightning”.
Justification: Not quite sure why a 9 or 10 year old boy would pick this up, but 9 or 10 year old me did. A good thing he did, too.
Worst and still have?
Answer: Lene Marlin – “Another Day”.
Justification: Please, feel free to slap me around.
One of the stranger records you've come across?
Answer: Miles Davis – “Bitches Brew”.
Justification: It takes quite a while to sink in, and even then I’m not quite sure where Miles got this stuff from.
Answer: Joy Division – “Unknown Pleasures”.
Justification: First edition Vinyl. Yes, it has a price sticker on the cover, but still.
Most obscure record?
Answer: Santa Maria, Gasolina Em Teu Ventre! – “Free-Terminator ou Falcão Solitário Sem Ser Distorção”
Justification: 1989 Portuguese art-alt-prog-rock. That’s actually the definition of “obscure”, according to the Wikipedia.
Answer: Nosferatu D2 – “We're gonna walk around this city with our headphones on to block out the noise”
Justification: Come on, it’s all there.
Answer: The Sound – “Physical World EP”.
Justification: Try getting an obscure 1979 first release EP from a small underground label by a pretty much unknown band. And then try getting it 25 years later.
One you'd buy for your best friend?
Answer: Japandroids – “Post-Nothing”.
Justification: It has all that www.xkcd.com/137 feel (check the alt-text).
One you'd buy for your worst enemy?
Answer: Billy Corgan et al – “Stigmata OST”.
Justification: It’s just creepy.
Record you have no recollection of buying/receiving'
Answer: Sunny Day Real Estate – “The rising tide”.
Justification: I remember discovering them somewhere in the web, and becoming interested enough to look for their record. I have absolutely no idea where I picked this up.
Too scratched to play?
Answer: Inner City Unit – “The Maximum Effect”.
Justification: Not due to many plays of my own – I bought it with previous heavy use.
Answer: DJ Shadow – “Endtroducing.....”.
Justification: It has every collector’s heaven in it, while also representing the kind of music being crafted within the record itself. Unique case of “cover matches music”.
Answer: Silverchair – “Frogstomp”.
Justification: It’s a toad. Zoomed.
The one which you have heard the most to this day?
Answer: The Cure – “Disintegration”.
Justification: It’s just that record that constantly finds its way back into my stereo.
One that you’ll probably never hear again?
Answer: Husky Rescue – “Ghost is not real”.
Justification: Utterly unimpressive.
Record that you still can’t figure why you bought?
Answer: Boys Like Girls – “Boys Like Girls”.
Justification: What the hell was I thinking?!
The one that has most playing requests by your friends?
Answer: Bloc Party – “Silent Alarm”.
Justification: This came out while I was in Erasmus with friends.
It’s an “Erasmus record”. What are you going to do?
Record that is most envied by other collectors?
Answer: Arcade Fire / LCD Soundsystem split 7” – “Poupée de cire, poupée de son / No love lost”.
Justification: Probably because it’s a split 7” by two of the best bands around. Plus, one of them is covering one of the best bands ever. So there you go.
Answer: Among others, Cyndi Lauper – “She’s so unusual”.
Justification: As Barney Stinson would probably put it: “Money changes everything”, and after that happens, “Girls just want to have fun”. What up!
The one that you play when you’re in that kind of mood?
Answer: Los Campesinos! – “Hold on now, youngster...”.
Justification: Whatever the kind of mood you’re in, these kids have got it.
Record that is scratched beyond hope you still can’t throw away?
Answer: Bob Dylan – “Highway 61 Revisited”.
Justification: It’s a Vinyl with the cover in extraordinary shape. Come on, could you really do it?