Play-Doh is a scented, colored wallpaper cleaner minus detergent. Vinyl wallpaper made dry paper cleaners obsolete. But kids used it for crafts. Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan) used the modified cleaner, Play-Doh, on TV in return for 2% of the sales, and the rest is history. businessinsider.com/the-s…
Monty Python produced a vinyl record with 2 parallel concentric track with different programs so you couldn’t control which program you heard when you dropped the needle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Audiophile Arthur Lintgen could "read" vinyl records and was able to identify classical music records by their grooves. While he could tell the difference in tone and volume, he struggled with rock music describing an Alice Cooper LP as β€œdisorganised and [like] gibberish”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
A group is digitally archiving old cassette and VHS tapes ranging back to the early 90's. The contents of the recordings include everything from yoga workouts, DIY tutorials on installing vinyl flooring or training a dog, self help books, and TV recordings like a Bjork interview and TRL episodes vice.com/en_us/article/7k…
Today I learned about "Sludgefest". This is an album made by Brian Borcherdt in which he played old vinyls of Alvin and The Chipmunks on 16 RPM (instead of 33 RPM). This created a collision of pop vocals and sludge-filled doom metal instrumentals instead of the high-pitched songs you're used to. news.avclub.com/the-slowe…
In 2017, British punk band IDLES released their debut record 'Brutalism' on vinyl that had vocalist Joe Talbot's mother's ashes pressed into them. She died following a long illness while the band was recording the record, and her life is a recurring theme in many of the lyrics. nme.com/news/music/idles-…
Peter Gabriel intended for the 1986 song "In Your Eyes" to be the last track on his album "So", but due to the prominent bass line and the limitations of vinyl records, it had to be placed earlier on the record. This was rectified on the CD release of the album. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
, audio content (or computer data) that was normally expected to use audio cassettes for early computers was also distributed on vinyl record type media too. youtu.be/AvXXkB2jic0?t=27…
To disguise their pre-production cars, automakers specially design patterned vinyl wraps that "flatten" character lines of the vehicle, hiding its shape and design features from both eyes and cameras. autoblog.com/2014/11/07/h…
The Cain cyborg from Robocop 2 was designed in such a way that it would incredibly hard for the bootleggers to create knock-off resin kits. Craig Hayes who designed Cain and ED-209 was unhappy that bootleg vinyl ED-209 models appeared just 6 months after the release of the original film. youtube.com/watch?v=VzEvK…
, Andy Warhol made an adaptation of A Clockwork Orange in 1965. The film, "Vinyl", is about Victor, who spends his time lifting weights, dancing and torturing people before being arrested. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
In 1981 the band Rush released a vinyl called "Rush 'N' Roulette." A unique mastering process allows the chance of any of the 6 featured songs to be played. discogs.com/Rush-Rush-N-R…
The studio tapes for Billy Joel's first album, 'Cold Spring Harbor,' were transferred to vinyl at a higher speed which made both the music and Joel’s voice sound higher-pitched than normal ultimateclassicrock.com/b…
The California Proposition 65 list of chemicals (of the "known to the State of California to cause cancer" fame) has over 900 items listed, including vitamin A, nickel, sawdust, and vinyl. oehha.ca.gov/proposition-…
The band The Flaming Lips released a limited edition vinyl for the album "The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends" filled with the blood of album collaborators, including Kesha and Chris Martin glidemagazine.com/82633/w…
The first records were not vinyl, but made with shellac resin, which is basically beetle poop. After WW2 they switched to using vinlylite, which is now called "vinyl" web.library.yale.edu/cata…
Bhutan released phonographic stamps which look like little vinyl records, in around 1972. They can actually be played. youtu.be/6a3EFIkdDt8
Rock music was smuggled into Soviet Russia in the form of β€œBone Music”: since there was no vinyl, records were pressed onto used X-Ray images. npr.org/2016/01/09/462289…
Radio GTMO, the Armed Forces radio station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has a vinyl collection of over 20,000 records, including some albums that exist nowhere else. thevinylfactory.com/news/…
There are only 2 companies in the world still making vinyl record lacquer...and one is an elderly Japanese man doing it in his garage! factmag.com/2015/05/07/pr…
Phthalates lower IQ levels. They can be found in shampoos, conditioners, body sprays, hair sprays, perfumes, colognes, soap, nail polish, shower curtains, medical tubing, IV bags, vinyl flooring and wall coverings, food packaging and coatings on time-release pharmaceuticals. cnn.com/2016/07/01/health…
The vinyl edition of the Fight Club soundtrack required destroying ("sacrificing") the album jacket to be able to listen to it. birthmoviesdeath.com/2016…
RCA spent 17 years trying to find a way to put movies on vinyl records. In 1981 they finally achieved this, marketing the SelectaVision system. Unfortunately by the time they finished researching the system, someone had invented the VHS video tape. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Modern gum can contain petroleum-derived polymers such as butadiene-styrene, vinyl acetate, and polyethylene. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum…
Led Zeppelin's album In Through The Out Door vinyl sleeve changes from black and white to color with water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
Linoleum is made of only natural ingredients, like flaxseed oil, pine resin, wood flour, cork dust, calcium carbonate and natural pigments, which makes it a very environmental friendly flooring, on the contrary to vinyl with which it is often confused. designlife-cycle.com/lino…
Today I learned of Zero Freitas, a Brazilian who owns the world's biggest vinyl record collection (over eight million records), only 250k of which have been cleaned and cataloged by his assistants. His biggest acquisition was a purchase of three million records from Paul Mawhinney in 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zer…
That because a shortage of vinyl recording material and censorship of some Western music during the Soviet era, bootleg recordings known as Ribs, Bones or roentgenizdat were produced on discarded medical X-ray prints. fastcodesign.com/3032206/…
In 1979, tens of thousands of rock fans gathered at a Chicago stadium to destroy disco vinyls. That day became known as "the day disco died". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
What many agree is the best performance AND recording of a Led Zeppelin concert is a bootleg called "Listen to this, Eddie," taped in June 1977 at the LA Forum, by audience member Mike Millard, and illegally released on vinyl. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1981 RCA developed the capcitance electronic disc (CED) video player that played movies on conductive vinyl platters with high-density grooves using a special needle. Vinyl discs could fit 60 minutes of video per side but could only be played around 500 times before they wore out. atlasobscura.com/articles…
For years, Soviet hipsters (stilyagi) bootlegged vinyl records onto x-ray paper after it was banned by the government - it was called "bone music" npr.org/2016/01/09/462289…
After 21 years, Trent Reznor is finally going to release the soundtrack from the video game "Quake" as an album on vinyl. No solid release date is yet given but release is expected "this year" according to Rolling Stone magazine. rollingstone.com/glixel/n…
The most valuable vinyl record of all time is not a rare recording, it's a plain, off the shelf, version of Double Fantasy by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It's worth half a million dollars because John Lennon signed the cover for Mark David Chapman 5 hours before Chapman murdered Lennon. biography.com/people/mark…
The groove on a vinyl record is on average around 500 meters long whathifi.com/features/how…
Today I learned of Bone Music: in the Soviet Union, people craved Western pop music but vinyl was scarce, so they printed records on used x-rays en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rib…
There is a record player that substitutes lasers for the needle, which prevents damage to the vinyl. decodedmagazine.com/the-e…
You Can 3D Print Any MP3 Into A Vinyl Record tonedeaf.com.au/news/inte…
For 1969 Chrysler Co. offered floral and paisley patterns for vinyl roofs and seat inserts of their cars. curbsideclassic.com/blog/…
Up to half of the people who buy vinyl records do not listen to them. bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
Vinyl records are making a comeback, with sales up 18% in the last year to 1.4% of the total market, and LP factories are working at capacity. nytimes.com/2013/06/10/ar…
In 1983, Jean-Michel Jarre sold only one vinyl pressing of his "Music for Supermarkets" album for 69,000β‚£, played it on the radio encouraging people to record the broadcast, then destroyed the master plates and auctioned the only copy off. The radio recording remains online today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
Over 98% of Cadillacs sold in 1978 were equipped with a vinyl roof. curbsideclassic.com/blog/…
The final song on Pink Floyd's album "Atomic Heart Mother" -"Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast"- features a dripping sink at the end where on original vinyl copies, the effect was cut into the vinyl's run-off groove, causing the dripping noise to play on infinitely until the stylus was removed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
In the mid-1980s, before digital circuitry became affordable, Nissan used tiny vinyl records for their voice warning system (to tell drivers doors were open, for example) autoweek.com/article/wait…
Last year the music industry earned more from vinyl record sales than it did from YouTube theguardian.com/business/…
In 2004, Sprite created 'Miles Thirst', a vinyl doll that the company would use to sell Sprite by exploiting the hip-hop market. davidhenrylloyd.com/dunca…
In Soviet Russia, people bootlegged forbidden Western music, but due to vinyl being in short supply, they would often use old x-rays, creating eerie-looking, hand-crafted records. theverge.com/2014/6/30/58…
Today I learned of vinyl players that work by laser beams reading the grooves, leaving no deterioration to the vinyl. elpj.com/about/quality.ph…

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