Radio-Active Records Dishes on Record Store Day 2014: One Direction, Ghostbusters, and More

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Top sellers included special releases by Childish Gambino, Built to Spill, Pixies, Outkast, Notorious B.I.G., Christian Death, Nirvana, Otis Redding, Devo, and Death Waltz records. And also Ray Parker Jr.'s Ghostbusters. This most impressed Ramirez too. "It was just the right time with the anniversary, and unfortunately the death of Harold Ramis, but you don't want to capitalize off that." It reminded him of the Fat Boys release where they put out a pizza record in a pizza box. "Is it a great record? No, it's dated," he explains, "but the concept and the execution were great." He also likened it to the Peanuts turntable, saying, "It's the concept that counts. "

What he was surprised people were asking for was a One Direction seven-inch picture disc released especially for RSD. Apparently a lot of messageboards shat on the idea when it was announced, but he thinks it's a good idea. "Hey, it got kids in the store. An older customer told me he couldn't believe how many kids were there. The majority prob don't know what a record store is. I thought it was very clever that they chose to release that record. It brought people in here."

Ian Witlen

He added that some people complain RSD is getting "watered down" and that things like 1D shouldn't be released. He himself admits to liking "left-field music that sounds like nails on the chalkboard." But that negative attitude he calls elitist and explains, "That's just contributing to the stigma these stores have."

The vibe was far from pretentious at Radio-Active on Saturday, and it was truly a stress-free yet titillating experience. It was like chilling with a new-old boyfriend who you still are in love with. And for the record, we savored every moment since with our RSD purchase: the Notorious B.I.G. reissue of Life After Death.

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Chris Bellus
Chris Bellus

I had a great time. RSD at Radio-Active Records gets better every year. Good work guys/gals.

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