Sub Pop Singles Club is Back
Do you remember the first record you ever bought? No, not the one you found in your parents big ass console stereo but the first one you paid for with your own money. I suppose I could lie and tell you mine was a Big Star single from 1974 and it changed my life yadda, yadda, yadda… In the interests of full disclosure then, my first record was a far less cool offering. It was a nondescript single from 1975 that touched my then pre-teen heart; (Yes, I am that old.) That record, a ‘45 was Elton John’s “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”. The one that started it all I guess. I haven’t looked back since.
Great news this week from Seattle, WA for fans of the beloved 45 rpm single that Sub Pop Records has decided to resurrect its popular Singles Club. Sign up, and you'll receive one 7-inch record each month for a year. It may come from any Sub Pop artist, including No Age, Black Lips, Fleet Foxes and others. (The first record will include two songs from the band Om.)
The club costs $75, and shipments start Aug. 15. Only 1,500 copies of each single will be pressed, so a limited amount of subscriptions are available. Subscribers will also receive nifty coupons "enabling the download of high-quality MP3s of each record." A great deal considering the money I have spent on Ebay trying to track down that elusive Singles Club 1.0 Mudhoney, Afghan Whigs or White Stripes single. I suppose you could consider it investing for your retirement.
Let me know the first record you ever purchased in the Comments section.