Saturday, July 4, 2015

Brass City

Brass City Records in Waterbury, Connecticut was always a little too far away from me to be a regular stop.  Still, it's a place I've been probably a hundred times over the 25 years or so since I was sad to hear that Walt, its owner, had recently died from cancer.  His store was the kind of place where I'd spend a few hours digging around, usually turning up something odd enough to be worth the drive.  Last weekend, the store was opened by Walt's friends to clear out as much as possible at (for the most part) reduced prices.  I was initially resistant to making the drive but my friend Anthony made me go and I'm glad he did.  Here's the haul, $2.50 per album or 12", $1 for each 45.

Sigue Sigue Sputnick - Sex Bomb Boogie
Christmas - Wilhelm Reich
Prefab Sprout - When Love Breaks Down (double 45)
Afraid of Mice - I'm On Fire
Craze - Motions
Gary Numan - New Anger
Positive Noise - Give Me Passion (Ghosts, the B-side is great post-punk)
Bow Wow Wow - Louis Quatorze
Icicle Works - Seven Horses (double pack)
NME 45 - includes a live Smiths song
Richard Thompson - I Feel So Good
Pretenders - Message of Love
King - Love And Pride
Hoodoo Gurus - Come Anytime
Tubes - Prime Time (on clear/splattered vinyl)
The The - Controversial Subject (1st single on 4AD)
Toto Coelo - Milk From The Coconut
China Crisis - African And White
Soft Cell - What
OMD - If You Leave (double 45)
Those Melvins - Wasted Hippies (CT's own)
Bill Nelson's Red Noise - Revolt In Style (on blue vinyl)
John Otway - In Dreams
Buck Pets - Pearls
John Fox - Ever The Angel
Comsat Angels - Will You Stay Tonight
Incredible Casuals - That's Why
British Electric Foundation - Music Of Quality And Distinction : Volume One (5 45 box set)
Fischer-Z - Wax Dolls
Fischer-Z - Remember Russia
Adam Ant - Friend Or For
Adam Ant - Puss 'N Boots (German pressing)
Adam And The Ants - Dog Eat Dog
Japan - European Sun
Japan - Cantonese Boy
Japan - Life In Tokyo
The Church - When You Were Mine (original Australian pressing - tough to get)
The Church - Almost With You (also orig Aussie pressing, and one of my favorites of theirs)
The Church - Metropolis
The Church - You're Still Beautiful
The Rumour - Frozen Years
Department S - Going Left Right
Lene Lovich - It's You, Only You (picture disc)
Lene Lovich - The Night (US white label promo)
Lene Lovich - Bird Song (Japanese pressing)
Nick Lowe - Halfway To Paradise (UK pressing)
Nick Lowe - Halfway To Paradise (Belgian pressing on yellow vinyl)

LPs / 12"s
Colin Newman - Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish
Theatre of Hate - Do You Believe In The Westworld 12"
Lene Lovich - Say When 12"
Lene Lovich - Angels 12"
Gleaming Spires - Life Out On The Lawn 12"
Gleaming Spires - Welcoming A New Ice Age
Rave-Ups - A Chance Conversation With Jimmer Podrasky
Bruce Gilbert - The Shivering Man
Bruce Gilbert - This Way 12"
Various - Start Swimming (with the Bongos, db's, Bush Tetras, more)
Ian Gomm - Talks (Interview LP on Stiff)
Dept S - I Want 12"
Huang Chung - Self-titled LP
Roger C. Reale - Radioctive
The Reducers With Roger C. Reale - Wake The Neighbors
Midnight Oil - Species Deceases EP
Midnight Oil - Place Without A Postcard
Ultravox - The Voice 12"
Ultravox - Quartet (UK picture disc)
Ultravox - U-Vox
Thompson Twins - Interview LP
Triffids - Calenture
UB40 - Present Arms
UB40 - The Singles Album
Pointed Sticks - Out Of Luck 12"
Simple Minds - Alive And Kicking Australian  Tour EP
The Crowd - A World Apart (1st press on Posh Boy)
Various - Savoy Sound Wave Goodbye (with Tuxedomoon, Snakefinger, Mutants, more)

Some of these can be mildly pricey (The The, Crowd, Pointed Sticks, Colin Newman) and some are just because I can't stop buying terrible new wave records (Toto Coelo, King, Huang Chung).  The last seven 45's and a few of the 12"s are on Stiff Records, which I also can't seem to stop buying.  I actually bought the Huang Chung because it's a mid-80's German reissue that mentions the name change and includes "Dance Hall Days".  And what kind of idiot buys Thompson Twins and Rave-Ups interview records?  It's sad, really.  All in, it ran me $117 plus tax and I (and every other customer there last weekend) would give it all back for Walt to still be there and for the store to still be up and running, even if we were infrequent shoppers.  Whatever you think of the list above, I challenge you to find a store left on the planet that would have that smattering of stuff.  I'll take digging through junk over Academy Records any day.  So long, Walt and so long, Brass City.  

By the way, that Triffids LP is great.  If you don't know them, try "Wide Open Road".