01 May Eye-Catching, Unconventional Vinyl Records
There truly are no limits to the mind’s creativity – especially when considering some of the more creative LP’s manufactured. Here are some of the most unorthodox vinyl records out there, made from zany materials, clever designs and a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours and patterns. Here are our favourites:
Jack White- Sixteen Saltines
This two track record, featuring ‘Sixteen Saltines’ and ‘Love is Blindness’ (a personal favourite), stays true to White’s pure rocky-blues soul. If I were to get my hands on it, I’d probably spend hours watching the striking blue fluid make it’s way up, down and all around the LP.
Jack White- Sixteen Saltines (12”/Third Man Records/ 2012/rock). Image sourced from coloredvinylrecords.com. URL: https://coloredvinylrecords.com/jack-white-sixteen-saltines.html
Watch the funky liquids flow:
Eohippus – Getting Your Hair Wet with Pee
This next one is widely unconventional! Talk about putting your heart, soul and… body hair into your music! This single-track record, which gives off an angsty, ‘grungey’ energy, is quite the wild card. There only exist 100 copies of this mystical, piss-coloured hairy beast, and no two are the same. It most definitely stays true to its title; I will give them that!
Eohippus- Getting Your Hair Wet with Pee ( 7” Single/Velocity of Sound/2014/Rock). Image Sourced from coloredvinylrecords.com: https://coloredvinylrecords.com/eohippus-getting-your-hair-wet-with-pee.html
You can check out their track in the link below:
Slightly Stoopid – Dabbington
Hats off to Slightly Stoopid for creating a triumphant piece. A vinyl which costed $7,000 to develop, is made from pure, entirely smokable hashish! *Jaw Drop*. The ska punk, reggae band pressed their soul-energizing single to shed some light on cannabis legalisation. (Talk about innovative.) They produced two prototypes but struggled to get the sound right. Talk of a third and final attempt was in the works back in 2017, but no updates about have been released since.
Image Sourced: https://www.instagram.com/p/BPeAdYHAj4z/. Posted on 20th January, 2017.
Slightly Stoopid’s Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/slightlystoopid/?hl=en
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend
This masterpiece is a Limited-Edition Record, that was produced in 2014 to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of ‘Legend’. An album which features the renowned and deeply loved tracks that embody the heart and soul of Reggae, such as ‘No Woman, No Cry’ and ‘Buffalo Soldier.’ This vinyl features the Rastafarian’s signature colours; red, yellow, and green. Simple, elegant, and timeless!
Bob Marley & The Wailers- ‘Legend’. ( 12” Compilation/Island Records/2014/ Reggae). Image sourced from coloredvinylrecords.com. URL: https://coloredvinylrecords.com/bob-marley-and-the-wailers-legend.html
Shout Out Louds- Blue Ice
This next track hits where it hurts. This Swedish indie band released the track ‘Blue Ice’, that speaks volumes about dissolving love affairs and lost connections. To symbolise this message, they created 10 kits for listeners to make their own ice records at home. Although the record is quite cold, the sounds it emanates are warm, raw, and inviting. This icy record is a very clever metaphor that represents the one that ‘melted’ away.
Image Sourced: ‘ Shout Out Louds- Blue Ice The Ice Record Project’ (tedmalmros, 2012, 5:39)
To check out what an ice record sounds like, skip to 1:45:
SAW VI Soundtrack – Various Artists
For all the hard-core gore movie fanatics out there, this one is for you. This saw-blade shaped vinyl, features Goth Rock artists like Lacuna Coil and a wide array of heavy black metal to compliment the dark and twisted mind of the infamous Jigsaw killer. The vinyl is cleverly splattered in deep red stains around the edges, to further awaken the serial killer within!
Disclaimer: This is pure banter, if you experience homicidal thoughts/ tendencies please seek professional help
SAWVI- Music from and Inspired by Saw VI- Various Artists. ( 12” Album/ Trustkill Records, 2009). Image sourced from coloredvinylrecords.com. URL: https://coloredvinylrecords.com/various-saw-vi-music-from-and-inspired-by-saw-vi.html
The Flaming Lips – The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
If you think the SAW is bloody, take a look at this. This collaborative album features the sound (and blood) of artists like; Ke$ha, Plastic Ono’s Sean Lennon, and Charlotte Kemp Mhul, New Fumes’ Daniel Huffmann, and many, many more.
Ten copies of this Limited-Edition, double LP were sold for $2,500 dollars a pop, and all proceeds were donated to The Academy of Contemporary Music at U.C.O and Central Oklahoma Humane Society . It’s not the first time that The Flaming Lips have used blood as a medium of expression in their work, and this project definitely doesn’t shy away from that. Much like the vinyl, the music featured is surreal, experimental and stays true to The Flaming Lips’ noisy, psych-rock tone.
The Flaming Lips- The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends ( Blood-filled Vinyl). Sourced from: https://thefutureheart.com/2012/05/07/10129/
For more info on this piece check this out:
And the grand finale:
Fat White Family – Champagne Holocaust Dick-ture Vinyl
This little number is what sent me on my ‘vinyl-searching’ tangent to begin with. Blood Records reissued Fat White Family’s 2013 debut album to feature an interesting concoc(k)tion of images that quite literally represents the band’s ‘no fucks given’ attitude. (Let’s just say, if you ever hit up one of their shows, you might witness a schlong or two on stage.) This album features some authentically angsty and jagged sounds that embody Fat White Family’s haphazard depiction of an unsettling reality.
Watch an array of penises sway up and down:
(the video should do enough justice to portray this vinyl’s magnificence).