Waxing Poetically – Vinyl is Just a Fad

There are a lot of people who think vinyl records are just a fad and will be gone as fast as the cassette was. Well, to all those idiots, you’re wrong. Vinyl is here to stay and only growing.

I don’t have the numbers on what the increase in vinyl sales has been (look it up on Google folks). But what I do know is that I now have to fight my way to find the good releases on tuesdays from all of the hoarders. Is that a sign of vinyl death? I don’t think so.

This medium of listening to music has been around for most of the 20th century. By the 1920’s it was neck and neck with the cylinder but vinyl finally won the war. It wasn’t until the late 80’s that the CD took over. With this take over it almost nearly pushed out the vinyl medium.

But now we enter in the hip factor of the medium.

If you’ve ever walked up to a record store counter with some lame ass vinyl in your hand, I bet you feel embarrassed. You shouldn’t be! Who the fuck cares what you buy on wax! I’ve gotten that feeling a few times and know it all too well.

At this point I don’t give a fuck. If I want to buy Coldplay – Parachutes (the only acceptable record of Coldplay to buy) for my former girl, I buy that shit proud. The scrungy dude behind the counter better not even make a peep at me about my purchase.

But you wait for it. You wait for that weird look saying “Really dude?”.  Fuck that feeling. BUY THE RECORD!

And so I ramble on. I made no point here except for allowing me to vent about my feelings on the vinyl fad. It’s not going away. And with each new person I talk to, they’re asking me about how to get into the world of vinyl. I LOVE IT! I wish everyone owned a turntable. I promise their music listening experience would be SO much more fun than just throwing their headphones on while they commute to work or get their work done.

Enjoy the experience! The vinyl medium is far from dying. Live it up! Go invest in a turntable and dive in. I can only promise you hours of fun you never would have experienced in your life.


2 comments for “Waxing Poetically – Vinyl is Just a Fad

  1. wes
    May 11, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Totally agree here. I love watching this hobby/lifestyle increase popularity. Though I am in early forms of vinyl addiction, and I can see myself labeled as jumping-on-the-bus ‘fad boy’, I push down that feeling when I’m buying vinyl. The emotion of being proud and excited to grow my collection wins in the end.

  2. pc
    May 14, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    The truth is I hear vastly more music now that everything is available immediately at the click of button than in the old days when vinyl ruled. But anything that I really want to listen to or feel like I actually own I search out to purchase on vinyl. A record demands attention, even love, you can’t ignore it. The fact that with a good rig, it sounds better than anything digital is just a bonus. Vinyl really never went away so it can’t be a fad. I just hope that labels and artists continue to make it available for years to come.

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