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Scratch Scratch Scratch

February 8, 2008
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Does anyone know what those weird little scratched messages were called on the inside run-off on vinyl pressings and why people scratched them? One of the best things about buying a record was to read the middle scratched ‘secret message’ before one played it. Was it the Presser or the QC guy. Is this where the The Buzzcocks got the phrase Spiral Scratch from? Can I ask anymore questions? Yes I can. If Hillary and Obama were completely neck and neck and had to join forces do you think they would call themselves O Bummary? I do hope so.

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6 Comments
  1. JDA permalink

    Ahem!!<br/><br/>allow me to elucidate..<br/><br/>The catalog number and stamper ID is written or stamped in the space between the groove in the lead-out on the master disc, resulting in visible recessed writing on the final version of a record. Sometimes the cutting engineer might add handwritten comments or their signature, if they are particularly pleased with the quality of the cut.<br/><br/>ermmmmm…..I actually knew this btw..

  2. SEAN RECKLESS permalink

    Haven’t a notion.<br/>I tried to think of something witty, but O’Bumary can’t be beat.<br/>I do wonder if Hillary gets in, and she’s working in the room with the ghost of Monica, will she be disturbed at all from time to time.

  3. Geoff permalink

    What I want to know is why the big hole on the record you’ve pictured and so many old 45s? Why didn’t they just make a decent small hole?

  4. SEAN RECKLESS permalink

    BIG HOLES<br/>"He put a quarter in the Wurlitzer, and he pushed<br/>Three buttons and the thing began to whirr<br/>And a bar maid came by in fishnet stockings and a bow tie<br/>And she said "Drink up now it’s gettin’ on time to close"

  5. I think you’re on to something with O’Bummary there rm. Has a ring to it. Beats O’Billary or Billorama….I’ve been giving it some thought.

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