A Happening: Sound Investments

Around the World in a Day [Warner Bros./ 1985] – Prince and The Revolution
Tracks and Traces [re-issue][Gronland/ 2010] – Harmonia & Eno ’76

The start of a howlin’ good time.

Let Me in Your Life [Atlantic/ 1974] – Aretha Franklin
Magic Fly [Disques Vogue/ 1977] – Space
Somewhere in The Carolinas – Halloween is coming to life, especially out front on this porch. Here come the kitschy decorations, a couple of records and a portable turntable. Applying the faux spider webbing to the awning, brick pillars and leafy green hedges is one of my areas of decorative expertise. Such joy.


A Happening: Sound Investments

Duck Wars: Big Hits Dance Party [1980/ Peter Pan] – Irwin the Dynamic Duck + The Wibble-Wabble Singers + Orchestra
Rio [1982/ Capital] – Duran Duran [* lp has damaged cover. You are looking at l.p. in its’ original sleeve.]
“You spin me right round, baby/ Right round like a record, baby” – Dead or Alive [1985]
Rodney Bingenheimer presents All Year Party! – Volume One [1984/ Martian] – Various artists
Feelin’ Bitchy [1977/ Spring] – Millie Jackson

A Happening: Sound Investments

Hooked on Comedy [Laff/ 1982] – Various artists
Donny Osmond Superstar [K-Tel/ 1973] – Donny Osmond

Out here having the fifteenth mid-life crisis of my forties. Better reel it in with some sweet hot wax selections from the collection.

Please [EMI America/ 1986] – Pet Shop Boys
Walk Away: Collector’s Edition, The Best of 1977-1980 [Casablanca/ 1980] – Donna Summer

Thrift Score: August, 2019

1950s vtg. two tone chalkware ballerinas [1 large + 1 small]
An assortment of hot wax

Red-orange plastic molded watering can [Saudi Plastics Factory]
Flokati wool area rug [J.C. Penney’s Home Collection]

1960s vtg. decorative wall hanging dish
Support your local thrift stores
1960s vtg. olive glass pitcher
A couple of unwrapped dvds

August thrifting proved positive. Let us delve into last month’s scores:

The set of chalkware wall hanging ballerinas cost $2.00 total. The hand on the larger of the pair is chipped. There are no markings on either as to who made them. It is still a good deal.

The wee bit of vinyl found cost between $1.00 up to $5.00 a piece. Some of these l.p.s are unknown to my ears.

A vintage textured glass pitcher was found to my liking as well as a hard plastic vintage watering can. I want to get into gardening  so it is a start in not passing the second item up. The glass pitcher holds about two to four drinks.

The dainty Jesus wall hanging saucer has not brand stamped on the back of it. There is only a teeny gold sticker which reads – Made in Korea. I have guessed this items’ vintage but it possibly could have been produced later.

The flokati wool area rug is a J.C. Penney “Home Collections” item. It’s vintage I have yet to pin down. Whether it is old [as in vintage] or not this is a major piece I have wanted for the longest time. The 4 x 6 area rug had two large sized stains which I am currently working on removing with baking soda and distilled vinegar. With this type of fur, one has got to take precise measures to deep clean it or there will be a sad mess in the end. I scored this piece for $10.00. Yes, you read that correctly. T-E-N.

Last but not least, a small stack of dvds. The majority are 70s-era Kung fu films and a copy of Demonic Toys [1992]. All were still shrink wrapped and cost a buck a piece.

A Happening: Sound Investments

Dionne [Arista/ 1979] – Dionne Warwick
K-Tel’s Starburst, Volume One [K-Tel/ 1978] – Various artists

That l.p. porch life.

Songs from Liquid Days [CBS/ 1986] Philip Glass
Hymns [Decca/ 1965] – Loretta Lynn
Roger Miller/ Roy Orbison/ Jerry Lee Lewis [Pickwick/ 1965] – Roger Miller/ Roy Orbison/ Jerry Lee Lewis
Somewhere in The Carolinas – Something funky is trapped in my soul. Sunday music listening to ease inner-tensions then maybe later a long drive through the country.

A Happening: Sound Investments

Make Your Bird A Star [Pet Records/ 1983] – various artist sound-a-like
I Can Dream About You [Streets of Fire soundtrack] [12″ single] [MCA/ 1984] – Dan Hartman
Close-up: I Can Dream About You [Streets of Fire soundtrack] [12″ single] [MCA/ 1984] – Dan Hartman

I eat after a deep vinyl dig. First by wash my hands. A must.


The Holy Bible Exposes Jesus Christ Superstar [Diadem/ 1971] – Dr. Jack Van Impe
Catch Me [I’m Falling] [12″ single] [Virgin/ 1987] – Pretty Poison
Sustenance is most important when out digging for secondhand vinyl. On this particular day, the hot wax cost two bucks a piece and lunch consisted of a grilled cheese sandwich and an order of french fries. Really, could life get any better?

Make Your Bird A Star [Pet/ 1983] – voiced by Jim Mac George – is a top contender in my record collection for strangest lp. What knocks it out of the rankings is that this lp is in fact an education tool for a talking bird. Each track repeating a legendary zinger from an assortment of early 20th century comedians.

Catch Me [I’m Falling] [Virgin/ 1987] by Pretty Poison was on the soundtrack for the Jon Cryer flick, Hiding Out, in which Cryer [if I’m correct – I have never seen the film] plays a banker or maybe a stock broker who has gone undercover as a high school student. Dumb. Anyhow, this song is Pretty Poison’s one hit. A freestyle dance cut, real funky, lots of synths. I’ve been in love with the song since I first heard it. The same goes for Dan Hartman’s contribution to the Streets of Fire soundtrack – I Can Dream About You [1984]

The Holy Bible Exposes Jesus Christ Superstar [Diadem/ 1971] lp I honestly have not had the time to listen to just yet. I seems loony enough.

A Happening: Sound Investments

Cory and Me [New York International/ 1979] – Cory Daye
19 [12″ single] [Chrysalis/ 1985] – Paul Hardcastle
Cerrone IV: The Golden Touch [Cotillion/ 1978] – Cerrone

Delish finds from a recent visit to Virginia

Otis Redding Live in Europe [Volt/ 1967] – Otis Redding
Each of these lps are new editions to my record collection. Each of these artists I am a fan of. All of these lps were found digging secondhand on a recent visit to Virginia. What great investments.

A Happening: Sound Investments


Remember My Song [Mr. Bongo/ 1975] – Siffre
Talking Book [Tamla/ 1972] – Stevie Wonder

I had a birthday. Turned another year older. Here is cake evidence.


Save Me [Midland International/ 1975] – Silver Convention
Cool Struttin’ [Blue Note/ 1958] – Sonny Clark
Somewhere in The Carolinas – A few vinyl offerings as birthday gifts from MWF.

I was not familiar with the artist Siffre. So cool as I will now dive into his work.

Stevie Wonder, long a favorite artist, his vinyl I actually didn’t have in my growing collection until now. So pleased about owning Talking Book [1972].

Silver Convention, a cheesy euro-disco, pre-packaged trio who I have long been a fan of was in the mix with their 1975 lp – Save Me.

Sonny Clark’s l.p. – Cool Struttin’ [1958] is a jazz lp I’ve never heard. It’s cover is pretty iconic though.

All together – much joy.

Thrift Score: July, 2019

1970s vtg. black boy-cut swimsuit [no tag]

1960s vtg. Gotham “Gold Stripe” light yellow sheer nylon robe with floral embroidery

1970s vtg. Vanity Fair powder blue floor length nightgown


1970s vtg. Mickey Mouse hard plastic molded figurine


A stack of recently found vinyl finds. 12 inch singles and afew full length records.

Two 1950s vtg. Freeman & McFarlin of California white ceramic candy dishes with gold accent

1970s vtg. Walt Disney Showcase “Goofy’ book shaped crossbody childrens bag

Last month proved strong in thrifting vintage womens loungewear and odds ‘n ends from the 20th century. A whole lotta love I present to you. The more I collect the better an idea I am forming as to whether I will keep each find or re-sell. My spidey senses tell me my vision leans hard towards the re-sell game. Again, we shall see down the line if this forecast is true.