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Dig Deep For These Hard-to-Find Houston Vinyls

From early '80s punk to a thrash classic, these LPs should top your local treasure hunt list.

By Timothy Malcolm October 22, 2018 Published in the November 2018 issue of Houstonia Magazine


There are those among us who can’t quit vinyl. Who roll their eyes at music fans just now returning to the format after years of abandonment. Who, in Houston, frequent stores like Vinal Edge and Sig’s Lagoon, always searching for something: local LPs that, in many cases, have eluded them for years, maybe decades. LPs like these:

The Judy’s | Washarama (1981)

The Pearland punk and new wave outfit is the ultimate local band that just didn’t make it nationally. “For some reason, man, they had the pop hooks,” says Chuck Roast, owner of Vinal Edge in the Heights. While his shop stocks Judy’s CDs, the debut LP floats in and out, and pretty quickly. The ’81 original goes for $30 or $40.

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Deadhorse | Horsescore: An Unrelated Story That’s Time Consuming (1989)

After forming in 1987, this thrash metal group put out an outstandingly titled debut LP featuring songs “World War Whatever,” “Piece of Veal,” and “Adult Book Store.” After breaking up and reuniting a few times, the band played its last show this past August. James Brown, who works at Sig’s Lagoon in Midtown, says he doesn’t see the record often. If you do, you could be looking at a couple hundred bucks.

Tres Hombres | Gunslinger (1983)

Three men (duh) from Arkansas moved to Houston and played some ZZ Top–esque blues, earning a following and recording an LP of favorite songs like “Red Nite Gown” and “Blue Thangs.” One of these hombres—the drummer—was none other than Academy Award–winning actor Billy Bob Thornton. Online you can find a copy for about $250, but that would be giving up the thrill of the hunt, right?


The Moving Sidewalks | Flash (1968)

This Houston psychedelic rock group was ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons’s first band, which makes its one and only album a necessity. “We rarely see the LP,” says Roast. “We see the 45s once in a while.” The original pressing is a real treasure, valued at up to $1,000.

Really Red | Teaching You the Fear (1981)

“These things are really rare,” says Roast of the local punk band’s original LPs, as not many were made in the first place, and most remain in the hands of devoted fans. “Some of the most expensive records are punk records.” First pressings of Really Red’s experimental debut album are valued at around $75.

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