The third ‘drop date’ of Record Store Day 2020 is just around the corner. Taking place this Saturday 24 October – there will be a bumper list of releases coming to independent record stores around the country – including brand new and exclusively repressed records. This time, we’ve put together a top 5 of cool and creepy vinyl releases to try and get your hands on just in time for Halloween…

1: Frankie & The Witch Fingers – Sidewalk LP

Originally released on cassette back in 2013, Sidewalk is the first full-length album from LA psychedelic rock band Frankie & The Witch Fingers. Remastered, re-packaged and re-imagined by Greenway Records, this limited edition release includes a “Cocaine Dream Swirl” coloured vinyl with spot UV treatment on the jacket and a full-colour inner sleeve.

“Sidewalk”/”You Got It”/”Bad Vibes”/”Ferris Wheel”/”Doctor”/”Messed Up”/”Cops And Robbers”/”Cocaine Dream”/”Wanted My Love”/”Mermaids”/”Thinking About You”

Quantity: 500

2: The Fleshtones – Face Of The Screaming Werewolf LP

One of the final remaining original CBGB bands, legendary garage rockers The Fleshtones have been making music for over four decades. Their new album Face Of The Screaming Werewolf arrives on limited edition purple splatter vinyl and even includes a werewolf mask inside!

“Face of the Screaming Werewolf”/ “Alex Trebek”/”Spilling Blood (at the Rock & Roll Show)”/”Child of the Moon”/”Manpower Debut”/”Swinging Planet X”/”You Gotta Love, Love”/”Violet Crumble, Cherry Ripe”/”Waiting on a Girl”/”The Show Is Over”/”Somerset Morning”

Quantity: 1350

3: Ryuichi Sakamoto – Black Mirror: Smithereens (Original Soundtrack) LP

An exclusive for Record Store Day 2020, this vinyl features tracks from the acclaimed composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Revenant, The Last Emperor) who you may have heard in Smithereens – episode 2, series 5 of the anthology series Black Mirror. This release features one LP on coloured vinyl with a deluxe PVC sleeve. The cover art is an original design from Sakamoto’s long-time collaborator, Alva Noto.

“meditation app”/“plot”/“this is my last day”/“hayley”/“prey”/“chain smoking addict”/“chase”/“reverse surface”/“closing in”/“countdown”/“retreat”/”:flashback”/”:gun is real”/“shot”/“degrade”/“car crash”/”:this is my last day 2”/“release”

Quantity: 1000

4: Tres Vampires – Tres Vampires 12” Vinyl

Tres Vampires are David J (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets) and Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde). This self-titled release is a trio of “darkly romantic, timeless, otherworldly passion ballads the likes of which are only heard every 1000 years, or when the vampires rise,” – say the band. This 12” limited edition blood red vinyl comes with a download card included.

“Take You Deep”/ “Blood Bound”/Voyage Of The Damned”

Quantity: 950

5: The Virgin Suicides – Music From The Motion Picture LP

Celebrating 20 years since Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides (Music From The Motion Picture) will be released on vinyl for the first time since its original release back in 2000. The haunting soundtrack features music from Steely Dan, The Hollies, Boston, Al Green, 10CC, Styx, and two tracks from Air, including one composed exclusively for the film.

Heart – “Magic Man”/Todd Rundgren – “Hello Its Me”/Sloan – “Everything You’ve Done Wrong”/Air – “Ce Matin La”/The Hollies – “The Air That I Breathe”/Al Green – “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”/Gilbert O’Sullivan – “Alone Again (Naturally)”/10cc – “I’m Not In Love”/Todd Rundgren – “A Dream Goes On Forever”/Heart – “Crazy On You”/Air – “Playground Love (Vibraphone Version)”/Styx – “Come Sail Away”

Quantity: 7500

To find out more about this and future Record Store Day events, their releases, participating stores and more, head to the official Record Store Day website. Meanwhile, you can find a list of participating Manchester record stores below…

    • Vinyl Exchange, 18 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN
    • Piccadilly Records, 53 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JR
    • Vinyl Revival, 5 Hilton Street, Manchester, M4 1LP
    • Eastern Bloc Records, 5A Stevenson Sq, Manchester, M1 1DN
    • Wilderness Record Store, 9 Egerton Crescent, Manchester, M20 4PN

Please note – Not all stores stock all releases. Contact your local store to find out if they’ll have what you’re after! You can check the full release list, all participating stores, and more details here.

Sat 24 Oct, Various Locations
Cat Allan
Published on:
Fri 23 Oct 2020