Friday, June 20, 2008

sgt pepper fans warned about the 'record collecting gene'

New site seeks to forewarn potential music widows.

To mark the fortieth anniversary of Britain’s all time favourite album, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (released on June 1, 1967), online record collecting superstore is issuing a warning aimed at the hundreds of thousands of music fans whose taste has been in some way influenced by the seminal Beatles album.

Newly published, independent psychological research suggests that men aged between 25and 45 who are into music featuring ‘proper’ bands with guitars are most at risk from something termed ‘the record collecting gene.’

If allowed to go unchecked, record collecting can cost the addict tens of thousands of pounds and, in extreme cases, their marriage / relationship - potentially creating a nation of music widows.

Using interviews with record collectors, chartered psychologist, Professor Alex Gardner, built a profile of a typical record collector. His in-depth study identified several key attributes and behaviours to help create a portrait of the type of person most at risk of developing from being a simple music lover to vinyl junkie.

According to the research conducted by Professor Gardner, the group most at risk consists of:

· Men, aged between 25 and 45 who are into "proper bands with guitars"

· These men are likely to assign more importance to music than the car that they drive and even the clothes that they wear - for instance he’ll put more effort into choosing the music for a dinner party than what he is actually wearing when his friends come round

· They are likely to arrange their records and CDs alphabetically and will take care to keep them apart from any other music in the house (or flat)

· In addition, they’ll have a tendency towards what they refers to as ‘the good old days’, often citing early incarnations of the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, The Jam, The Clash, The Smiths and Oasis as the only ones worthy of contemplation

· Even in the age of digital downloads, they remain perfectly happy buying their music on records and CDs even though they may carry much of it around on their iPod

Professor Gardner stated: "My findings show that record collectors would rather forgo holidays, cars and even clothing rather than have anything happen to their precious collection. One married respondent even said he’d rather lose his wife than part with his records."

"Some collectors spend over £2,000 a month on their habit - readily admitting it is more than a hobby - and talk about it in terms of the affective domain or feeling component as distinct from the cognitive or thinking one. In other words they let it rule their heart rather than their head."

The research was commissioned by, the world’s largest single source of rare vinyl, CDs and music memorabilia. felt it had a duty of care to music fans and their partners to highlight those people most likely to succumb to such a potentially addictive and expensive habit.

The British company has now posted this portrait, together with a suitable warning, on the site’s homepage.


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This Date In Music History- June 20


Creative genius Beach Boy Brian Wilson was born in 1942. As songwriter, arranger, singer and musician he creates some incredible Rock ‘n’ Roll but at an extreme personal and professional price.

Duran Duran bassist, John Taylor (Nigel John Taylor), starts life in Birmingham, England in 1960.

Anne Murray was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia in 1945.

Cyndi Lauper has a birthday today (1953).

Lionel Richie also has a birthday today (1949).

Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony was born in Chicago in 1955.

The late Chet Atkins (country star and guitarist on many early Elvis Presley recordings) was born in 1924.

Billy Guy was born in 1936.


Bob Dylan and the Band release the live album Before the Flood in 1974.

In 1980, Billy Joel went to No. 1 with "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me." It was his first chart-topper.

Toast Of The Town, which would later be called The Ed Sullivan Show, premiered on CBS-TV in 1948. The first telecast was produced on a meager budget of $1,375. Only $375 was allocated for talent and $200 of that was shared by the young stars of that night's program, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

The 3 day Newport '69 Festival started in Northridge, California in 1969. 150,000 make it to hear Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, CCR, Ike & Tina Turner, Jethro Tull, The Rascals, Steppenwolf and others. Hendrix receives $125,000 for his appearance, at the time it was the highest fee ever paid to a single rock act for a single appearance.

Also in 1969, David Bowie signed with Philips Records and then entered Trident Studios in London to record "Space Oddity".

On June 20th 1972, the Tallahatchie Bridge, made famous in Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billie Joe,” collapsed.

Neil Diamond appeared on the 20th anniversary show of American Bandstand in 1973, along with Little Richard, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Cheech and Chong and Three Dog Night.

In 1995, a judge in Los Angeles awarded ownership of the Kingsmen's recordings to the group itself and away from Scepter-Wand Records. The court ruled that the company breached its contract by not paying the Kingsmen their proper royalties. The main song in question was "Louie, Louie", recorded in 1963.

Lawrence Payton of the Four Tops died on June 20, 1997 of liver cancer at his home in Southfield, Michigan. He was 59.

June 20, 2004, marked the 3000th time that Paul McCartney took to the stage as a professional musician. He had performed 2,535 concerts with the Quarrymen and the Beatles, 140 gigs with Wings and 325 solo shows.

Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of Kool & the Gang died on June 20, 2006 after a long illness. He was 57.

In 2006, the BBC announced they are axing their flagship music program Top of the Pops. The show debuted in 1964, with The Rolling Stones singing "I Wanna be Your Man."

The Byrds' folk-rock version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" will spend a week at the top of the charts in 1965.

After topping record charts around the world, a medley of hits credited to Stars On 45 reaches number one in America in 1981.

Neil Young’s Cinnamon Girl” goes gold in 1970.