I'm a few words short of my Consequential Apathy column this weak (check back tomorrow), but its main focus is what we as music listeners, and more importantly - fans! - are willing to pay for a piece of limited medium from our favorite bands. Last week I talked about physical ownership of music, so now it's time to narrow it down to a few pieces of tangible items in my collection I purchased - from CDs to DVDs to vinyl - some of which I bought when rent was due around the corner or was forced to eat Ramen for a week straight. I invite you to share your most special items in the replies and maybe how much (or for some how little compared to what it goes for now) you ended up obtaining it for and the stories behind them. There are a lot of memories in most of what I own and a lot of times when I thought, "I shouldn't buy this right now, but when am I going to find this again?" For most things, the answer generally is, "Never," or "Man, I can't believe it goes for that much now!" Sometimes I simply had the money, and can't look or hold the item without thinking about the story behind it. Thomas helped me out this week, so keep scrolling.
I have a signed Decoder poster. They're not exactly rare considering you can buy them still on MerchNow i believe, but it's still pretty awesome to have one.
I also will treasure my CD copy of American Idiot for the rest of my life, mostly because it's the first album I ever bought.
the signed TEN poster that my sister got when she preordered The Mother, The Mechanic, and the Path. She gave it to me a few years back. I also have a signed I Can Make a Mess poster that I got after I met Ace at Warped
I have two shoe boxes full of signed concert tickets and stray pieces of paper by every one from Billy Joe Armstrong to Soupy. Probably my most favorite is Andrew McMahon because I waited years and years to meet the guy and finally got it.
Also, I was taking a family trip from Texas to Iowa in 2004, we stopped at a Wendy's to get food and use the restroom. We pulled up, I get out of the car, start walking towards the building when I spot a disc on the ground in the parking lot. Pick it up and it's a CD by band I had never heard of. I kept it on me anyway so I can check it out because it looked like it might be interesting and didn't have any damaging scratches on it. When we got back into the car, I pull out my laptop and put this "new" CD in. Turns out it was a copy of The Early November's "The Room's Too Cold". Since then, I've been a huge fan of that band. So, if you lost a copy of "The Room's Too Cold" in St. Louis, I still have it and thanks!
even though I haven't gotten it yet, my Boys Night Out Trainwreck vinyl is extremely special to me. it's one of my all-time favorite albums, but it will also be my first vinyl record. my best friend bought it for me as a birthday present, which is fitting because for her birthday last year I bought her her first vinyl (The Wonder Years' The Upsides and Suburbia).
Mine's definitely my Felix Culpa "Commitment" vinyl that should be coming to my house in a few days. Only 100 of these went into production, and I'm pretty sure the 100 mark that was needed wasn't reached until the last few days of the month it was given. Definitely one of my favorite albums and one I spun regularly in high school while I grew up in the same basic area as the band.
Hey Thomas, what stereo system did you end up getting as i'm in the same exact position as you were and have no idea where to start.
Oh and mine has to be my signed copy of Coheed & Cambria's Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV because I bought it at a local FYE and had no idea it was going to be signed since it was wrappedup in all the packaging. Also my Zeppelin IV vinyl cause its the first vinyl i ever received and starte my collection.