Collector's Items

If you still believe in the posterity of vinyl and regularly apply cleaner sprays and Gruv Glide to your prized albums, the time has come for you to get your records out of storage and start making some deals. With the Infinite Record Convention setting up shop this week, the Houston Press decided to ask a few ultimate collectors -- DJs and record store owners -- which gems they'd most like to spot on a dealer table.

Kung Fu Pimp, house DJ, 1,500 records: "Double Dutch Bus by Frankie Smith. I have a lot of records and try to track down my favorites, but this one is really hard to find. The first time I heard that track, I remember being in the car and I just couldn't stop groovin' to the beat and the lyrics. It's definitely one of those tracks from the funk era that make you feel good."

Relay-One, trance DJ, 800 to 900 records: "I would be on the lookout for the promo Hybrid remix of Alanis Morissette's 'Forgive Me.' I can't believe I let that one get away."

Cliff Dotter, owner, Black Dog Records, 25,000 to 30,000 records (mostly his own personal inventory): "Probably the 'butcher cover' by the Beatles. [The controversial cover of the 1966 Yesterday and Today album that was rejected by the group's label.] I sold my butcher cover four and a half years ago to get my business off the ground…for close to $800. I'd probably find it at the Austin record shows."

DJ Ceeplus, hip-hop DJ, "thousands upon thousands" of records: "This is just one of many: the Big Boys' Fun, Fun, Fun…LP, also Che's Be My (Powerstation), although they're really not all that rare. As a youth, the Fun, Fun, Fun…LP was one, and still is one, of my favorite discs. I had it, then left it at a friend's house, then it was lost or stolen…It just disappeared. It really pissed me off."

Mike Snow, retro DJ, 15,000 to 20,000 records (including 45s and 78s): "I'm not really into hunting down those rare records, as I don't really do a lot of producing. The guys that produce are a bit more into that. All my rare stuff is '80s-oriented. There's a black-and-white colored vinyl -- that has a spiral of those colors -- of "Le Freak" by Chic that I wouldn't mind having. Pretty rare, I think. Don't play it much anymore, but I'd like to have that."

Gracie Chavez-Cardenas, drum & bass DJ, 2,500 records: "The original Star Wars soundtrack album, the one with the curiously quirky 'Cantina' tune. Why? A bit of nostalgia. My dad had a great record collection, 45s and LPs, and on Saturday mornings, just after cartoons, he'd play records for my sister and I. The Star Wars soundtrack got a lot of play. 'Cantina' was one of those tunes we liked acting silly and dancing to. A few years ago, my mom gave it away, along with many other records in my dad's collection. Regardless, my dad remains my favorite DJ."

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Craig D. Lindsey
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