Seventeen days into 2015 and I'm finally getting around to kicking off the year's blogging campaign. There was a thread on the Rev Collectors board about wants lists for 2015, and it got me to looking at my wants list, trying to figure out what I should try to pick up this year as a priority (if I get chance that is), and I realised that a significant chunk of my list has been there for a few years. Some of them pop up quite regularly, but I never grab them because, most of the time, I'm waiting to get one at a cheap price, or because I have my eye on something else instead. As a result, my list rarely reduces. So I have made a decision that 2015 is going to be the year of the want list. I'm going to make a conscious effort to cross as many things off my want list as possible. I mean, let's be honest, most of the stuff on it isn't even that hard to find really.
With this new goal in mind, I went straight to discogs and eBay and started seeing if there was anything that I could bag right away. I found this Soundgarden Sub Pop 7". It's not overly rare - there are 5000 copies in total, but I wanted a purple one, of which there were 'only' 1500. I've watched many over the years and not bought them because I believed I would get one cheaper eventually. In the end I just decided to pay the going rate to cross it off the list.
Like a lot of Sub Pop releases, the price on this hasn't really moved at all in the past twenty years or so. It bobs up and down a little depending on who wants one in any particular week, but generally this thing is still trading hands at the price I first saw it for sale for back in the early 90s. Which of course means that, in real terms, it has got cheaper.
Fortunately, this copy still has the Sub Pop Singles Club form attached. I love that these things are attached to the sleeve rather than just inserted on a separate piece of paper. It really helps to emphasise the age and historic significance of the label and bands.
So that's one item off the wants list, and I'm just warming up. I don't really have a target for the year. It'll just be interesting to see what I can achieve with a bit of focus.