Vinyl revival is good news for music fans
THERE’S a question. At this exact moment how many CDs do you have, displaced from their cases, floating around on the floor or seats of your car? With their little shiny faces slightly scratched.
If it’s anything like mine then you’ll soon run out of counting fingers and thumbs. Hands held up, give me a pesky little kitten or a bunch of CDs to look after for a month and the kitty wins hands down. CD maintenance is a bother and part of the reason why the current ‘Vinyl Revolution’ is a welcome breath of fresh air.
When EMI re-released two Coldplay and four Radiohead titles on vinyl during August, quite a few eyebrows were raised. But then you either get it or you don’t. Ask anyone under the age of 18 if they have ever used a record player (or better still a gramaphone) and they’ll look at you as if you really do hail from Mars. But vinyl never really went out of fashion, it just took its place in the background and waited for a time when it would be re-embraced.
Championing the merits of a record or LP to someone who has never gently dropped a needle in its groove is challenging. In a climate where life has become all about daily rush of getting nowhere, it is just the kind of evening treat that you need to pull back on those reins and ease you into relaxation. There is something more intimate about its drifting sound, its mellow rawness and an absolution from the ‘digital remastering’ which sterilises most CDs and DVDs that teaches you appreciation. There is no ‘skip on’ button when reach a song you are unfamiliar with and this encourages you to actually listen to the completed piece of work and genuinely get what the artist has to say. Well, you really haven’t much of a choice unless you are a dab hand with placing a needle precisely between the spinning lines.
Music sales in Ireland has reported a 20 per cent increase in vinyl sales over the past year and the stance taken by heavyweights such as Coldplay and Radiohead will inspire other artists to follow suit. In towns all over the country record fairs are popping up on a regular basis and dealers are more than happy to pay hard cash for that collection you have suffocating beneath the attic dust. Records have broken their way back into the limelight and the music fan, ultimately, is more than happy to ‘go round’ again.
BACK in 1994, a time that may well come to be known as a ‘golden era’ in cinema, Quentin Tarantino gave us Pulp Fiction, his masterpiece.
Fifteen years on and the man who loves nothing more than penning a good natter between off-duty psychopaths has been struggling to compete with his own success.
The problem with Tarantino is that he hasn’t been pigeon- holed but rather has pigeon-holed himself. The ‘gosh’ factor that was so ground-breaking in his early films has now petered into predictability. Let’s hope then that his new project, ‘Inglorious Bastards’ breaks the mould.
With a title as such however, you wouldn’t be holding your breath.
GOOD MAN PAT!
THE LATE LATE has returned with a bang and after another summer of ‘who’s gonna replace him, he’s gotta go’ Pat Kenny has surfed the waves of criticism and beached himself a payrise to boot. Good man Pat. For his salt he’ll spend the next year having the critics slam him and his show, but yet nobody will put a name forward as to who should be the one to take over from him.
Does it say more about the lack of presenting talent we have knocking about therefore or, whisper it quietly, is Pat not actually that bad after all...