Welcome to the second in a series of interviews with past purchasers of our records. In this new feature we’re looking to locate some sleeves from years gone by and profile those who got their hands on them.
If you’d like to feature in future simply tag an image of you and your purchases on Instagram using #S7OffTheWall and we’ll be in touch.
This time the spotlight is on Simone & Rick from St Albans, who we met in our very first year. They’ve followed our journey ever since and are a constant feature of our sale day queue.
Simone is an ex music journalist who now works as a data analyst and Rick works in Local Government. In their spare time they promote gigs (Ezra Furman, Public Service Broadcasting, Evan Dando, Tim Burgess) and attend loads more - to the extent where we’ve run into them watching live music as far afield as Barcelona! It turns out we’re not alone...
How did you first discover Secret 7”? I was covering Record Store Day for a magazine, and found you as part of my ‘research’ (read: vague googling). After I interviewed the heck out of Kevin, he very kindly invited me to the launch night. I was a bit hooked.
You came to our first ever sale in 2012. Can you tell us about the morning and what you got your hands on? One of my biggest life regrets happened that day.
Rick and I had got up horribly early and headed to Rough Trade with our friend Nathan. After we’d nabbed most of our shopping list there (I got Baby Love on heart shaped vinyl, so was already winning), we went over to Secret 7”, and joined a queue smaller than you will ever find outside that door again at 9,30am. There was about 20 people ahead of us, or thereabouts.
That year, it was cash only, and I only had enough on me for one record. Also, you could pick them up and put them back down again at that point, which is very pertinent to this tale. I was trying to decide between two; I definitely wanted The Cure, because I was a teenage goth (or would have been if my parents weren’t way to savvy to let me ruin any teenage photos by dying my hair black). One of them was a picture of Robert Smith, and the other, I recognised the artist but wasn’t 100% sure it was The Cure. So I put back the David Shrigley (oops) and am now the proud owner of Johnny Fartpants out of Viz, farting a heart. Luckily it was The Cure or this story would have been even more awful.
You've been to every sale since is that correct? What's in your collection now? We have:
The Cure - Friday I’m In Love by Simon Donald,
Haim - Better Off by Listen 04
Elton John - Bennie & The Jets by Pete Fowler
Roxy Music - Virginia Plain by Donshi
T-Rex - Get It On and Massive Attack - Karmacoma by Storm Studios
Black Sabbath - Age Of Reason by Neil Bowen (made from and complete with a vial of charcoal from the 13 burning from the actual album cover)
Rolling Stones - Dead Flowers by Modern Toss
Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be by Liam Clark
St Vincent - Digital Witness by Von
Underworld - Born Slippy by Pete McKee.
Quite the haul, right?
Where do they reside in your home? On the wall or in your record collection? Tucked away carefully in a box by the rest of the singles that are not quite as limited editions. We have no room left on our walls, we need a bigger house...
Any tales from early morning queues and sleeping rough for the sale? You start to get to know the regular queuers, and they’re a lovely bunch who will hold your spot while you go for a wee.
Last year we had a no train nightmare so had to stay out all night or give up on the idea. There was an actual proper dinner and cheese board bought out in the middle of the night. It was worth staying out just for that, although I could’ve done without Big Ben going off every hour.
Even now, people approach us at festivals/gigs saying they know us from the Secret 7” queue.
What's been your best and worst Secret 7" moment over the past five years? Best - getting the Pete McKee that I’d set my heart on and suffered at the bells of Big Ben for.
Worst - missing out on a Pete Fowler by the tips of my fingers. Or the Shrigley episode above.
What's your all-time favourite record cover? The Velvet Underground And Nico. That banana cover is a bit iconic, isn’t it? Or Afghan Whigs, Gentlemen. That’s pretty poignant.
Who would be your dream artwork contributor for Secret 7" 2016? Rick’s picked Banksy, or Peter Saville but I don’t think he’s dreaming hard enough. I’m going for Warhol. I’ve always wanted to own a Warhol. I’d definitely make room for that on the wall. Or Matt Groening. Let’s be honest, if he did one of Maggie Simpson farting, I’d almost certainly pick it up and leave the Warhol behind by mistake, based on my previous purchases.
Which musician would you love to see us work with next year? Do I only get to pick one? I’d go for Bowie, Lou Reed or Morrissey. Rick currently is trying to collect everything The National has ever released, so you could make his life a little harder there (do it)...