16th Jul 2007, by Andrew Barr

10 Yetis Fears for UK Fathers Blood Pressure as Vinyl Makes a Come Back

So here I am trying my first ever "blogging on the move", exciting times I am sure you will agree. Anywho, just been skimming the nationals as per the norm and seen that among stories of world peace, economic strife and the UK government trying to distance itself from Mr Bush a more important story is emerging... Vinyl records are coming back!

Woohoo... I used to love vinyl, ok so I only had Shaking Stevens and an ironically titled "Best Of" the Muppets album but listening to them on my dads record player was both fun and exhilerating.

Fun because of the poor selection I had to choose from and exhilerating because of the whole "stylus" thing. For those of you to young to have experienced playing vinyl records I should point out that for them to work you had to place them on the turntable (duh!) and then place the needle thing (known as the Stylus) on the start of the record.

Now the stylus was a small but costly piece of kit and was something that collectively Dads across the UK used to panic about. They, the stylus - not Dad's, were very fragile and the moment you even looked at it fathers would break out in a cold sweat.

Old Record Player
Watch the Effing Stylus

Only after the type of training fighter pilots would receive before going on bombing missions, including diagrams and training from mum on how to escape should you be capture by Dad after breaking a stylus, would you be trusted to use the equipment.

And yes, despite the training, Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers broke my Dads stylus in the summer of 1988 and I never admitted it to this day... sorry Dad.

If vinyl does make a comeback, allegedly the cause of Arctic Monkeys, then Fathers for Stylus Justice will be the next campaigning group, you just mark my words!

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