Just when you think your vinyl collection is complete, you discover something even crazier—a rarer find, a more exclusive release, a sold-out collector’s item, etc. So goes the never-ending hunt of the crate digger. Perhaps you’ve stocked up on boxed sets and you’ve even got wacky colored vinyl. But what about picture discs? What about shaped vinyl? What about that record that got printed on chocolate?? Do you have that?
Quick history lesson: Picture discs were created as a gimmick in the 1920s, but rose to popularity again the 1970s (one quick Google, and you’ll discover that about half of them feature a cut-out of Gary Numan’s head). Combine picture discs with a funky shape, a practice used by record labels to sell music in the 1980s, and you’ve got one flashy single release. And even though a lot of these bad boys originated in the ‘80s, many Record Store Day releases today have used the format as well, so you might see a few modern-day shaped singles floating around, too.
Here’s a few weirdly shaped records, both new and old, that you might want for your collection: