Brrrrrrr....is it a chilly UK February or what?
Staying indoors is what comes naturally to most in a cold February snap but the VG+ music forum stalwarts shown here are on the hunt for fresh vinyl whatever the weather before trudging out to clubs or bars to share their latest discoveries.
Forumusic salutes these hardy gents and is chuffed to bits they'll be sharing their passion for vinyl with us and you in 2012. There will be a host of other music-related goodies too including articles from other UK record collectors and interviews with label owners, artists and musicians.
We're glad the unseasonably warm UK January weather prevented the brain of our aptly-named tech man Henry Frost from freezing over. Like a late Santa Claus he delivered us a forum. If you enjoy the words, music and vinyl pron on this website then why not pop over, sign up and say hello?
The delightful lady on the left is our Popsike Pin-Up for Valentine's Day. We know very little about Ms Anatomy but at 36" high in her pom-pom mules she must be the tallest girl ever to appear on that website we don't like record dealers to look at when we're buying records. Some collectors have splashed £200 for all three parts of her whilst others have paid a lot just to own her feet. Ponder the implications of that in your own time.
We spotted her adorning the wall of a record shop in Oxhey near Watford called Second Scene which is
run by a certain Julian Leigh Smith on days when he's not out drumming up a Prog Rock storm as the sticks man for Cranium Pie.
ulian began collecting records before he could read or write and forumusic is delighted to present an article on how he graduated from biting records to making them. Julian is also busy preparing an article for forumusic on UK Prog. We love him. Fact.
Julian and his shop also make an appearance in the Feb 2012 issue of Record Collector magazine. Check him smiling sweetly on page 120.
In deference to RC's frequently fascinating features on rare records we have ploughed the vinyl field this month to scatter the seeds of a good story about a long-lost Harvest release that was never officially released.
Forumusic doesn't really warm to the sheath and shelve mentality of some collector folks but even we have to admit that just occasionally a record comes along which must be respectfully archived.
Roy Harper and Black Sheep fans need only to click on the Rare Harper tab in Music (which will appear around February 20th) to find the story of how not one, but two very different vinyl copies of his unreleased 1977 lp Commercial Breaks landed in the lap of forumusic man Andy Cann.
All collectors know it's vital to maintain a healthy hobby / partner balance so with February 14th and true love in mind why not treat your partner to some new boots as a Valentine's Day gift?
There are plenty of great ones to choose from but don't be fooled by outward appearances.
Sweet Potatoes make for a terrific side dish but do they make for a good heavy funk boot? One Vinyl Dog had teeth but do two Vinyl Dogs double the bite?
These questions and more are answered in Part 2 of our 90s Boot Boom series.
The Year Of Funky Soundtracks harks back to 1994 when funky underground DJs and clubbers alike appeared to be fixated by the thrills and Wah-Wah spills of early 70s thrillers and blaxploitation movies
We could post a 70s thriller pic of Steve McQueen but why should we when we have a publicity photo of Cliff Richard invoking the spirit of nightclub bouncer / library composer Cliff Twemlow in his killer velvet dinner jacket / machine gun combo?
Cliff will be with us in summer courtesy of his very slept-on UK Popcorn.
It's hard to comprehend it but if your loved one is less than enthusiastic about the boots you may be able to thrill her with something more pointedly romantic like a carefully selected Phase 4 Stereo lp?
We've knitted a complete wall of the Phase 4s with the large 4s on for you to choose from.
Destination Love or Close To You by Ronnie Aldrich maybe? A little Love Is All from Les Reed?
Too late for Valentine's Day but Spoke Records in association with forumusic are proud to announce their third reissue single will be available from the Spoke Records website from March 1st 2012.
The powerful orchestrated pop of Sylvan - We Don't Belong was banned by the BBC back in the 60s for it's lyrics about a planned double-suicide.
Northern Soul-types of a modern persuasion will be pleased to preserve their expensive originals of Steve Flanagan - I've Arrived and play our reissue instead. It's on the flip of Sylvan. Trust us when we say that coutesy of professional mastering it sounds punchier than it ever has before. Blue-eyed pop and Northern soul; un-related genres united by big drums and drama.
As ever, copies are reserved for regular Spoke customers but forumusic readers can also reserve one in the Sylvan / Steve Flanagan Orders thread.
We hope you like the new stuff here but if not check back in April 2012 for our Psych & Prog Pspring Edition Pspecial.
Ian Townsend, Andy Cann, Col Wolfe