Did You Buy New Order's Blue Monday 12"?
New Order - Blue Monday
So I was listening to the radio the other day (Absolute 80's digital radio station in the UK) and they played Blue Monday by New Order. Now I knew at the time it was out (it was released in 1983) that it was a massive seller and the 12 inch was really popular, in fact I bought it myself, but what I didn't realise was that it sold over a million copies. Now that is a lot of records. This huge number was sold over a few years and not just in the year it was released and it's popularity kept going so long that it was rereleased in 1988 and 2005.
So on hearing that so many of these records were sold, I wondered to myself, almost exactly 30 years after it's release, where all these records had gone. Were they holed up in people's lofts like mine had been for the last 20 years (until recently)? Had they been sold, scrapped or given away? So this article sets out to find out what might have happened to these 1 million + records. perhaps by taking a straw poll of as many people as possible who bought the record, we can figure out where they have gone or might still be...
So, assuming you are reading this article because you were one of the million people who bought it, I would be grateful if you would answer the poll below. I have tried to put in as many options in the poll that I can think of but if not then please add your comments in the section at the bottom.
What Happened to Your Copy of Blue Monday?
New Trend for Playing Records
In the last couple of years, people have been digging out their old record collections and playing them again. One reason for the resurgence of vinyl records is the availability (some at very reasonable prices) of record players to play the LPs on. Many people had got rid of their old record players as they became defunct when CDs took over our collections.
However, the new generation of record players also have an integrated USB connection which not only enables them to be played again but also recorded onto our computers, laptops etc in MP3 format. Added to that you can link them up to your existing speaker system to play the records as they would originally have sounded.
Even if the modern CDs and DVDs are of a much better quality in terms of recording, part of the experience of playing the old records is that slight scratchy buzz of them! Also, there are some records that may not actually be available in CD format and so this might be the only way to hear them. I know I have some 12 inch records from the 80s that are unlikely to ever be available in CD format and it has been great to hear those again in particular.
US Turntables with MP3 Conversion
UK Record Players
The above links are for turntables available in the US. If you are looking for a record player in the UK then there is a massive selection out there in a huge span of price ranges. I got my turntable for only about £30 and it is great, I am really enjoying playing my records on it.
Here are a couple of selections for UK readers:
Mini USB Turntable (see picture) - this is a great value low cost turntable if you just want something basic to play your old records on again.
Standalone Turntable - this is a stereo turntable that you can use to play records on it's own or also convert to MP3.