Something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now is celebrate that oft-ignored thing, the single. Back in the day, these were the most important thing in the world for artists at either end of the success/cash spectrum as they were cheap to both make and buy, and of course the singles charts were the only thing that anyone ever paid attention to. Although that also might have had something to do with Legs & Co.
It’s all a bit different now, and it makes me kind of sad. On vinyl, they’re all but extinct save for Record Store Day, a few remaining enthusiastic (yet important) labels and some shockingly expensive exercises in hype, but it seems to be about making the listening “experience” as long as possible and making the most of the vast seams of storage media rather than making something that runs in, shouts joyously and then sods off again. Little shoots are emerging though.
So, if indeed I do get it together to make as series of this, this will be much of the familiar rambling, grumbling and arm-wavingly mad eulogising of stuff, but about shorter things than usual. Mostly whatever’s new at the time, but general asides about older things, fun things and occasional annoyance will also be forthcoming depending on mood and blood/alcohol levels. This will kind of centre around the 7″ and 12″, but will not be limited to these two formats as there’s also some corking stuff on CD, the strange world of 1s and 0s and of course the differently-sized, opaquely-speeded (sped? Please yourself) vinyl as well. At least that’s the plan.
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