The first single I bought was Rat Trap by The Boomtown Rats.
I remember saving up my pocket money and walking with my friend down to Mastersound in Haywards Heath, the only record shop in town, and looking through the singles charts until I saw it there and asking for the number (ok, I can’t remember the number it was in the charts) single it was. He handed it over, I paid my cash, and we walked home.
I played that single to death. Over and over again, and the B side too, that ‘something extra’, the hidden beauty on the reverse side of the record. I mean, when I say played it to death I really mean that. I put it on, played it, lifted the needle back to the beginning, played it again, and again, and again. And I know from talking to other people I wasn’t alone in doing this.
Roger Dunford says:
May 18, 2019 at 4:05 pmI have nostalgia for both vinyl and for Mastersound in HH…. I used to work there so maybe it was me who sold you the single….All my vinyl has long gone (1000+ Lp’s) for space reasons but all replaced by CD’s as time and money has gone on….no compressed mushed up “lossless format” rubbish in this house… Just worried that one day this mp3 and similar rubbish will be forced down all our throats (or should that be into our ears?)
11 Sep 2020
Loved Mastersound. I used to spend all my pocket money in there in the late 60s early 70s! Wishing you all the very best with your book. #TheThursdayMurderClub