This was a charity shop purchase at some point during the 1990s. Thee Hypnotics weren’t (indeed, aren’t) a band I felt particularly desperate to hear, but at the time my thinking would have been influenced by two factors:
- This was a record released on Situation Two. That label also released the early output of The Charlatans (or The Charlatans UK if you’re reading in America). I liked the early output of The Charlatans a lot – enough to think that something released on the same label as them can’t be all bad…
- Thee Hypnotics were a band that I’d heard of, and I was under the impression that they had something of a whiff of outrageous rock’n’roll/drugged-out psychosis to them. In hindsight, they really aren’t that exciting or transcendental, but I distinctly remember that I used to mix them up with the whole Spacemen 3/Spiritualized/The Darkside axis of music.
There is other psychological stuff going on when I make a charity shop purchase. Consider, if you will, purchasing records in one of the following three situations:
- A specialist, hyper-cool independent record store that stocks only records that you want to buy.
- A high street (or Main Street if you’re reading in America) chain store that stocks some records that you want to buy.
- A charity shop that generally stocks very few at best records that you want to buy.
Each of the situations represents a slice of an overall, scientifically-sound, record-buying Venn diagram of choice and necessity:
- Choice: You’ve either got a lot to choose from, or you haven’t.
- Necessity: I came out to buy a record today, and nothing will stop this from happening.
Given those two factors, buying a record by a band I didn’t really want to hear, on the very sketchy basis of a label connection with a band I enjoyed hearing, makes complete sense, does it not? If I’d have been in situation number one above, but could only purchase one record, I’d have bought the one that I desperately craved over all others. As it was, in situation three – as in the case of this purchase – any record was better than no record.
That’s the end of today’s science. Please don’t get situation two above mixed up with Situation Two above.