You’ve been with us for a long time now. Have there been any shows you’ve missed?
Dave: I’ve been every year except the first. The reason being, I didn’t want to risk travelling from so far away and not getting any! By the afternoon Secret 7” still had more than half left, so I decided to go the next year.
Have you met anyone in the queue that you’ve remained friends / lifelong enemies with?
Dave: Every person in the queue is your enemy! You have no friends! Take no prisoners! To be honest though, from my first year when I walked round the corner to a cheer and a whisky, I found all my fellow nutters a great bunch. I am looking forward to seeing a few familiar faces, just as long as they are after me in the queue!
Talk us through your lego sleeves and how that came about?
Carolyn: I saw a lego record shop design on the internet a few years back and thought it looked awesome, so decided to make one for Dave for Christmas. I used small lego tiles, white labels and fine liner pens to recreate some of the album covers of Dave’s favourite bands and hung them on the wall in the lego shop. I added some more the next time he bought records and then some of the ones he lost out on at last year’s Secret 7”! Last year we decided to make our own sleeves to submit and I decided mine just had to be made of lego!
What’s been your best Secret 7” moment over the past five years?
Dave: There have been many great moments, but finding out I had unknowingly picked up a sleeve by Michael Spencer Jones in my first year was pretty good. Knowing very little about art at that time, it wasn’t until I got home that I found out he’d done the Oasis covers, among many other things.
What’s your all-time favourite record cover?
Dave: My favourite Secret 7” sleeve is my Boneface superhero comic-themed cover, complete with figure. My all time favourite is Radiohead’s ‘Anyone Can Play Guitar’ closely followed by Jethro Tull’s ‘Stand Up’ and Uriah Heep’s ‘Magician’s Birthday’.
Who would be your dream artwork contributor for Secret 7” 2016?
Dave: Laurent Durieux. I love his clever movie artwork (if anyone has a spare Rear Window poster going cheap Winking smile please please please).