Vinyl sales were bigger in 2014 than they have been for the past 20 years and depending on who you ask, it could just be a giant gimmick, or a last ditch effort by the record companies to revive album sales. Neil Young recently called it a fashion statement because most of the time, when people claim the vinyl sounds much better, they are actually just listening to the CD masters pressed onto records. That being said, here are 10 of the weirdest most gimmicky vinyl records.
Ty Segall, Mr. Face
Ty Segall is one of the most prolific artists out there right now, having released seven full length albums since 2008 alone and a shopping list worth of EPs. In January, he released the world’s first playable pair of 3D glasses. The four-song EP was pressed on translucent red and blue-coloured vinyl and when you look through them you’re able to see 3D artwork.
Breakbot, By Your Side
Breakbot released a version of his debut album in 2012 entirely made of chocolate that is both playable and edible.
The Flaming Lips, Heady Fwends
The Flaming Lips released a collaborative album on Record Store Day in 2012 called Heady Fwends. They pressed 10 copies with real blood inside from artists featured on the album including Nick Cave, Erykah Badu, Ke$ha, and Chris Martin. They cost $2500 each.
Perfect Pussy, Say Yes To Love
Maybe even weirder, Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy had her own blood pressed into the wax of 300 copies of their record Say Yes To Love.