I can’t remember the last time I bought an album on impulse without hearing it first – the days of going into London on a Saturday and coming home with a stack of CDs, both new and second hand, are but a distant memory. Maybe that’s a good thing, though. Many of them only got listened to once or twice and were then relegated to the CD cabinet where they ended up being nothing more than decoration.
Moving to Japan and knowing that I’d have little (or no) space to put them was quite a motivator to be ruthless and cull some of the dead wood. The owner of the second hand CD shop on Rosenheimer Strasse must have been rubbing his hands with glee as I walked out of the door 2 big boxes lighter, and €100 (less than €1 per CD) in my hand. I couldn’t bring myself to go back the next week and check how much he was selling them on for.
With the price of CDs in Japan, impulse buying is not a luxury that I can afford any more. Visits to any record shop here always end up with me just browsing around for a few minutes and then leaving, shaking my head in disbelief at the fact that people here are willing to hand over €30 for a CD that would only cost something like €9 or €12 in Europe.
Despite the price, I couldn’t resist picking up the special Japanese edition (with extra tracks and a DVD) of The Verve’s latest album, “Forth” when I was in Tower Records at the weekend. It was on 10% discount, so only cost the equivalent of about €27 instead of €30. Bargain!
If I’d still been in my mad record collector phase I’d have picked up the new Franz Ferdinand album at the same time, just because it was out in Japan a few days before the UK release date. But it was the exact same version that’s available on play.com for €12 so I didn’t bother.
What other new stuff has been on the iPod recently? Not much, really. I’ve just been going through the CDs that survived the cull and making sure I listen to them all, rather than getting stuck in a rut listening to the same 2 or 3 all the time like I used to.