Steve Haynes | Owner |Obsession Records
The Vinyl Laugh
By Jesse Busick | The Daily Ledge
To stay grounded, we always go back to the beginning of things. Whether it’s our personal ancestry, or music, we are drawn to where it all came from. Iconic bands such as Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones understood this philosophy all to well as they immersed themselves into the rich history of Southern Blues. In the same spirit, Alternative Rock legends such as Moby and Beck have in the past utilized vinyl recordings in their modern pieces.
A flood of my own memories hit me when I walked into their store. I immediately noticed the Beatles’ Abbey Road , (released in late September of 1969) hanging on the wall. Every time that album began to play in my house growing up I knew that my mom was about to start cleaning. It’s those memories that drive us to seek out the songs that have become our metaphorical landmarks for life.
As I talked with Steve, I began to wonder what type of person entered his shop in the pursuit of vinyl. He said, “What we found out rather quickly, there is no typical customer. Age ranges are teens and up. Musical preferences are all over the map. Jazz, soul, metal, dark metal, punk, soundtracks, easy listening, new releases, original pressings, $1.00 LP’s to $100.00 LP’s. People love music and they’re everything but typical.”
” A hard-core rocker with a soft spot for Katy Perry suddenly doesn’t seem intimidating at all.”
Steve got serious about collecting vinyl back in 2010 when his sister-in-law, “dragged home some boxes of vinyl from a garage sale” and he enjoyed the “chase” so much that he hasn’t stopped since. It’s the “chase” that usually drives the experienced vinyl hunter. Daniel Becker, of Anchorage was in the store and said he usually looks for vinyl at “yard sales and secondhand stores” and that it was “nice to finally have one here” in regards to an authentic record store.
It was very clear that Steve’s real passion is meeting new people and hearing their story. He said, “Our goal as we build this business is to stay in touch with our customers so they see the music in the store that speaks to them and it’s a place that has meaning for them.” I had a blast at Obsession Records and Steve and his wife immediately make you feel at home. I’ll see you down there.