Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Sugarhill Gang Is Good for Kids


A leading children’s charity has today issued an urgent plea for donations of vinyl records following a huge surge in demand for the “vintage” discs. Barnardo’s charity stores across the country are running low on the classic vinyl records after being hit by an unprecedented demand from music lovers nationwide. Now the charity has launched a plea for the public to donate their unwanted discs to help replenish stocks and raise much-needed funds. Despite CD sales far outstripping demand for records over the last decade a sudden trend has developed for vintage vinyl and many regions are developing a specific taste for certain musical styles.

...Vinyl trends at Barnardo’s stores indicate regional differences in demand. In Wales there is a huge demand for eighties artists such as Madonna and Prince, while vinyl addicts in the Midlands and South West prefer bands from the seventies such as the Clash and Pink Floyd. In the North West, residents support their home-grown talent and request albums by the Beatles and the Happy Mondays, while the Scots seem to be big Bowie fans.

Charity chiefs have also been able to collate a top ten of the most popular vinyl albums being snapped up across the country. At number 10 is London Calling by the Clash, at nine is Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches by the Happy Mondays, at eight is The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, at seven is Purple Rain by Prince and that is closely followed at six by The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie. Kicking off the top five is True Blue by Madonna, at four is Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang, at three is Sticky Fingers by the Rolling Stones, at two is Country Life by Roxy Music and scooping the coveted number one spot is Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles.
It's a bit surprising that "Rapper's Delight" is number four. But I guess "hip hop the hippie the hippie to the hip hip hop, a you dont stop the rock it to the bang bang boogie, say up jumped the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat" is as true today as the day it was written.

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