[Vinyl Vednesday is a weekly feature about three favorite vinyl finds. It’s not meant to be a dick-measuring contest, but it kinda is. Since this week marks the alleged anniversary of our Lord and Savior Jesus F. Christ’s birth, here are three Christmas seven-inches for your consideration. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your own big finds!]
Records: Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (1984) on black, Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” single (1984) on black, and Bruce Springsteen’s “My Hometown” single (1985) on black.
Place of Purchase: Band Aid and “My Hometown” came from the now defunct comics/used records/CCG/RPG mecca Legends at the Plymouth Meeting Mall. “I Would Die 4 U” came from the also dead Spaceboy Music in
Thoughts: I honestly don’t remember why I bought “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”. Maybe it’s because I listened to the Bouncing Souls and Weston’s cover a lot in high school. Maybe I wanted to complement my copy of We Are the World. Maybe I just like the part where Bono screams “Tonight / Thank God it’s them / Instead of you!” The song was written to raise money for famine relief in
“I Would Die 4 U” was backed by “Another Lonely Christmas,” which finds Prince in full on “woe is me” mode, as he laments losing his lover to what I can only imagine was the Purple Rain… on Christmas Day! That’s a double whammy right there. It’s a little melodramatic – my girlfriend is laughing right now as I listen to this song/type about it – but let’s be honest, it’s ’80s Prince. Eighties Prince is one of the greatest things of all time. As for the A side, “I Would Die 4 U” is allegedly about Jesus, a rumor Prince encouraged by changing the line “I’m your messiah” to “He’s your messiah.” So that’s double the relevance to this entry.
Listening to Springsteen’s “My Hometown” single is a weird mix of emotions. “My Hometown” is a sad song about a failing area. “Now