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Francis Dunnery  
Chris Difford  
Henry Priestman  
Stephen Harris  
Hello Leo   
Glass Hammer  
Big Big Train  
Chris Braide  
My Darling Clementine  
Comedy of Errors  
Thieves' Kitchen  
Matt Deighton  
Tom Brislin  
Duncan Reid  
Also Eden  
Judy Dyble  
Curved Air  
Darling BOY  
John Bentley  
Trevor and The Joneses  
Pat Dam Smyth  
Rosco Levee  
Joel Sarakula  
Mark Nevin  
Lotte Mullan  
Strange Majik  
This Oceanic Feeling  
Derek Philpott  
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I remember it was the year 1980 and I'd spent my pocket money on two 7'' singles, one was This World Of Water by genius producer Tony Mansfield and his band New Musik and the other was Living In The Plastic Age by Buggles. You never forget the first time you place that piece of black vinyl (or pink if it was by a new wave band like XTC or Squeeze) onto the turntable hearing the crackle of static,  giddy with anticipation for what was about to burst out of your dad's speakers and into life, into your consciousness. It was magical. Then you flipped it over and had a B side which was always a thrill because it was usually slightly more experimental and probably wasn't on the album!





I also remember buying my first album, on holiday in Blackpool with my big brother. It was From A to B by New Musik but we couldn't hear a note of it until our holiday was over and that wouldn't be for two weeks. So we stared at the artwork, the titles, the inner bag, the inscription on the play out groove and could only imagine what magic lay within. My next obsession would be Soft Cell and their albums Non Stop Erotic Cabaret and The Art Of Falling Apart. Dave Ball's Warm synths, Crisp and clear 808 drum machines, Marc's melodramatic vocals, black leather all pressed on delicious black vinyl and housed in Hew Feathers' fabulous illustrated 12 inch sleeves. I was hooked.

Vinyl was and still is magical for me. It's big, it smells great, the ink, the plastic, I still don't know how it works. It's enchanting and I'll never recover from that first love affair. One song from the Hello Leo album called Pure is about that very thing, That first deep love, long before cars and girls came along !

Chris Braide - DBA