Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Andy "Bug" Campbell!

Next up we have Bug Campbell! I met Bug a while back when I sold him a few records from my previous blog. He is a hell of a nice guy and has some nice LP's here! Enjoy!

Here we go! 

Introduce yourself!

Name: Andy Campbell but almost everyone calls me Bug

City/Town: Fredericton

Maritime Vinyl (MV) - What do you collect? Vinyl; CD’s; Cassettes; 8 tracks; bootlegs; music memorabilia; magazine; etc.. 

Bug - Just vinyl

MV - Do you prefer one audio format more than others? (example: vinyl more than cd’s)

Bug - I prefer listening to vinyl in my basement, but the convenience of an iPod is great – I listen to it outside, in the car and at work.

MV - How big is your collection?

Bug - Roughly 75 albums

MV - Do you concentrate your collection on one or more artists in particular?

Bug - Not really. I enjoy finding music on vinyl that I enjoyed at some point in my past. I also have a couple of newer releases on vinyl – the latest by the Trews and Sam Roberts

MV - What is the first album you remember purchasing? Do you still have it?

Bug - I vividly remember listening to records with my dad – Willie Nelson, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, the Beatles, Elvis and many more. I started my own vinyl collection in 1982 when I was about 8 years old. The only ones I can remember having were Men at Work's “Business as Usual”, Survivor's “Eye of the Tiger”, John Cougar's “American Fool”, the J.Geils Band's “Freeze Frame” Stever Miller Band's “Abracadabra” (which I still have). I switched over to cassettes shortly after and I remember Thriller being the first tape I ever purchased. I joined Columbia House to get a bunch of “free” tapes as well. Because Fredericton didn't have a rock station, I was into top 40 played on CIHI – the Police, Bryan Adams, Huey Lewis, etc. - until I discovered “Shout at the Devil” by Motley Crue. I turned into a metal head after that, listening to Def Leppard, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P., AC/DC and Van Halen. In junior high, I got into “hair metal” - Poison, Skid Row, Bon Jovi....I wore out 2 copies of Appetite for Destruction, which is bar-none my favorite album of all time. In high school, the grunge movement took over and I got into Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice In Chains. I didn't get into Classic Rock like the Stones, the Beatles, Zeppelin and Hendrix until the Fox started broadcasting. Now, I listen to just about every form of rock out there – Foo Fighters, Matt Mays, RHCP, Big Sugar, Sam Roberts, the Trews. I have a number of different playlists on my iPod depending on what mood I'm in.

 MV - What is your favourite item in your collection?

Bug - In 1993 I entered a contest on MuchMusic – I forget what the grand prize was. Anyway, a couple of months later, I got a package in the mail with an Ontario address. Puzzled, I opened it and found Nirvana's “In Utero” on vinyl. I gave it to my brother but I've recently gotten it back from him. Next to that, probably an autographed copy of the Sam Roberts Band “Collider” LP.

MV - Do you still actively collect or was this something you concentrated on in the past?

Bug - I have been actively collecting vinyl for the last 2 years.

MV - What is your preferred way of adding to your collection? Shopping online? Flea Markets? Independent music stores? Etc… Any favourite store or websites?

Bug - I've gotten the bulk of my collection from some guy in Fredericton named Brad. I also visit Backstreet Records in Fredericton every now and again, and Live Wire and Spin-It when I'm in Moncton. I stay away from the Flea Markets because the prices are a bit steep for what I want to pay for a record. I have purchased records through kijiji, eBay, and too.

MV - How do you store your collection? Shelves? Boxes? Your attic?

Bug - They are currently in a little metal wire crate but I'm toying with the idea of getting some shelves built.

MV - Does your significant other support your collection? Did you have to convince him/her?

Bug - I had purchased a few records a couple of months before I even had a turntable, with the intentions of starting a vinyl collection. My wife actually surprised me with a great record player as a wedding present. I've purchased a few records with her in mind.


 MV  - What is on your “wish list” at the moment?

Bug - Appetite for Destruction is in the mail as we speak; that was #1 on my list. Besides that, the first 3 Metallica albums, the first 3 Pearl Jam albums, and Iron Maiden's “Live After Death”. I really wish “Terminal Romance” by Matt Mays & El Torpedo was available on vinyl.

MV - Do you know any other collectors?

Bug - A former co-worker collects vinyl; I've bumped into him at Backstreet before. Besides him, not many...although vinyl is apparently making quite a comeback, which is good to see.

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