28 February. I started this blog two years ago today.
Two years (and 258 posts) ain't bad going considering I only started it one evening because I was bored and I wanted to see how easy it would be to do a blog.
Anyway, it seems fitting to celebrate the second birthday by posting up another variation of the first record I ever featured on here - the Rain On The Parade 'Full Speed Ahead' 7". This particular variant is one of the third/final press, of which there were four versions. This one is light yellow vinyl and comes in a green sleeve:
Interestingly, even though I just acquired this 7", I previously owned this very same copy! I originally bought this on eBay in about 2004 from a UK seller. I remember it like it was yesterday. There was no photo on the auction, and the description said 'white vinyl'. Now, there is a white vinyl pressing of this record - the second press of this record was 100 on white, and 900 on red. So I thought I was buying the white one. When this light yellow one turned up in the mail, I was pissed off, but the thing hardly cost anything anyway so I couldn't be bothered to complain. Instead, I traded it to a friend. Then, five years later, I bought it back. Pretty funny huh?
There are way too many versions of this 7" out there. This one is my tenth and there are still three that I don't have! The third press comes in four different sleeve colours - red, yellow, green & blue. Something that not many people know is that this was done as a tribute to the first Minor Threat 7". I used to think that having four different sleeve colours was stupid, until I found out why they did it. Now I think it's really cool and (obviously) I want all four. I've only got one left to find - the yellow sleeve. If anyone can help, please get in touch.