If anyone out there is a Shriekback fan, I’m the other one.
Back in college I tried to get everything I could by Shriekback and had amassed a pretty good colleection of their singles and such. I was missing their first EP, Tench. I really dig the band and had seen them in concert, where a local band called Skin Sect had opened for them. Shriekback was great at the show, Skin Sect was just god awful.
A few weeks after the show, my friend Stephen and I were in a record store in the French Quarter and I noticed they had a copy of Tench on the wall. I asked the guy how much it was and he said, “Well, I’m not sure I want to sell that. But hey, you like Shriekback, did you see them in concert? My band opened for them!” He was in Skin Sect, and since I was trying to wheedle this EP out of him, I was about to tell him how much I dug Skin Sect.
At that moment, Stephen, across the store yells, “Hey! They have Skin Sect tapes here! Remember them? God, they sucked!”
Needless to say, I still don’t own Tench.
A year later, when I went out of town for school, my folks decided to clean out my room. They called me daily asking whether they should throw away certain things, stuff like old magazines I had and stuff that was obvious junk. I returned a while afterwards to find that one of the few things they didn’t ask about was my records, which they went ahead and gave away to Goodwill. My prize Shriekback collection, now gone.
Since then I haven’t tried to get it back. Most of it’s been re-released on CD in some form or other, and I’ve tried to get all the CDs I can, but I don’t have the time or money (or record player) to do the vinyl thing.
I’d also like The Boomtown Rats’ “In the Long Grass” on CD, but I don’t think it was ever released as such.