The 10 Weirdest Vinyl Record Gimmicks

From edible records to blood-soaked vinyl

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
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

Meredith Graves
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.

Jack White, Lazaretto

Last October for Ghostbusters’ 30th anniversary, Legacy Recordings reissued the Ghostbusters theme song on white vinyl along with Run DMC’s 1989 “Ghostbusters” song. Even better, they made the jacket smell like marshmallows.

GodSpeed You Black Emperors, F# A# Infinity

Locked grooves are common when it comes to vinyl and many artists have played around with them. GodSpeed You Black Emperor’s debut album F# A# Infinity was released on vinyl with a locked groove on the final track of side two, meaning the album has an infinite run time. Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs ends with a continuous loop of the repeated piano chord used in “We Used to Wait”, and even Portugal. The Man had a locked groove at the end with the phrase “turn me over” repeated over and over.

Extra Weirdness

And Vinyly
For £3000 you can eternally hang out in your families record collection by getting your ashes pressed into vinyl. British company And Vinyly allows you to record a personal message or just make a playlist. According to their website “we offer a range of packages for people, parts of people, and pets”.