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THE VINYL REVIVAL

Crash Records has been an important part of the Leeds music scene for over 30 years. In an extract from The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen Graham Jones meets owner Ian De-Whytell

CRASH RECORDS

Crash Records is owned by ex-Sony sales rep Ian De-Whytell. It opened originally in Woodhouse Lane before moving to a prime shopping location on The Headrow in Leeds city centre. Ian is an avid supporter of Leeds United. One of his first musical introductions was when his parents bought him Back Home by England’s 1970 World Cup squad. The record was constantly on the record player, along with the B-side Cinnamon Stick.

The first record Ian bought with his own money was School’s Out by Alice Cooper and, many years later when he became a sales rep for Sony, he was delighted to be introduced to Alice backstage at Birmingham NEC.

Ian obtained his first album, …Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie, in a most unusual way. Leeds had a record shop called Scene And Heard, owned by Len Lyons, and each Saturday in the Yorkshire Evening Post they ran a competition called Len’s Ten. The paper would print the 10 best-selling singles in Len’s shop, and the reader was invited to guess what the following week’s Top 10 would be. Young Ian sent his entry on a postcard and correctly predicted nine out of 10. He was thrilled not only to see his name printed in the paper but to receive a record token to spend at Len’s, where he obtained his beloved Ziggy Stardust album, which he still plays more than 40 years later. Len’s Ten became an obsession with young Ian and over the next two years he won the competition 15 times, rapidly expanding his record collection in the process.

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