The Streets - Original Pirate Material. First press. -
First heard the Streets as a 16 year old, shortly before this album being released, on the Steve Lamacq evening show with two tracks being previewed, The Irony Of It All and Too Much Brandy, and an interview with Mike Skinner. I remember Skinner talking about how he'd just been on the cover of Jockey Slut, and how the Streets came about. Somewhere I have a tape of it that I dubbed off the radio which is odd, don't know why I would have specifically taped it when I didn't know anything about the Streets. Digressing, on the same tape is a great Midtown session too. A fan from that point, as I got a bit older and became a bit of a rascal, started going out and about and started raving, this album became more and more relevant, and now for that reason it's up there with the most nostalgic. Never really got into any Streets album after this one, was still just rinsing this.
Another album I've never wanted to just buy off the net, and have waited years for a first press to come along. Picked this up today. It's pretty tatty but a first press nonetheless. There was a sealed repress for half the price, and I had a pang of "why do I do this?", why do I need that first press instead of saving a bit of money for the same music, and the shop-owner nailed it: it's the hunt, finding something that isn't readily available for the masses at a click. It goes beyond just listening to music. Almost unexplainable, it's purely being in the right place at the right time.