USED RECORDS & TAPES #2, $9 ppd. 5½”x 8½”, copied, 40 pgs.

Sep 22, 2022

This zine’s premise is a good one: Contributors write about—unsurprisingly—used records they’ve purchased, generally cheap copies of popular albums from the 1980s. In theory, this is a very appealing idea: I, too, have a great fondness for used records, and have various stories I can tell about the wheres and whens and whys of acquiring them. I love records with the previous owner’s name and date of acquisition scribbled on the cover (Sharon Harrison purchased what is now my copy of Kinks Kinkdom on September 2, 1966; please make a note of it). I am very interested in the similar experiences of others. Unfortunately, well-written and pleasant as this zine is, it was pretty light in the spinning of tales regarding how the writer came to obtain that particular copy of that particular record. It was more like brief, nostalgic looks at really common ’80s albums. They dedicate three pages to Culture Club’s Colour by Numbers, if that tells you anything. I don’t really want to read retrospectives on Cyndi Lauper or Pat Benatar or Men At Work records, I want to read about how people came to obtain their particular copies of those records. So, from that aspect of things, this zine is pretty much a bust. Further, it’s typeset in like 14-point Times New Roman, and printed on 80# stock. Why? Why couldn’t the font size have been reduced and a normal weight paper have been used? This content is hardly wondrous enough to merit such extravagance—a three dollar zine in a nine dollar package. Some zines are getting kinda indulgent these days. Still, a pleasant read and the cover’s cool.–Rev. Nørb ([email protected], roostercow.com)

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