Taryn's Wreckreation Guide: 2 Movies To Watch Before Record Store Day

April 20, 2017

There are a TON of movies out there that feature record stores, vinyl, bands, radio stations and the overall magic of music, but two movies really stand out to me as inpiration leading up to Saturday's 10th Annual Record Store Day! You have two days till #RSD17, so see if you can bang out one tonight and one tomorrow night before supporting your local independent record stores on Saturday!


Empire Records happens to be my ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE. I can quote the entire thing from start to finish, which is probably why I end up watching this movie by myself most of the time. :) An all-star cast featuring Liv Tyler, Anthony LaPaglia, Rory Cochrane, Renee Zellweger, Ethan Embry and Coyote Shivers, it's impossible not to fall in love with every character - even Rex Manning! Oh, and it's worth noting the cameo appearance by Gwar playing "Saddam A Go-Go". On top of that, the soundtrack never gets old, with Sponge, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Edwyn Collins, Gin Blossoms and The Cranberries. It's easy to see how this movie ended up defining a generation. It spotlighted the culture surrounding the relationships within a record store between staff, artists and customers. The line that deeply resonates with us is "Damn The Man, Save The Empire!", which could very well be the present day motto of Record Store Day. 


High Fidelity is just as much about relationships with music as it is about relationships with people. John Cusak plays Rob Gordon, the owner of Champion Vinyl, who has had a terrible track record with women. Although his is passionate about members of the opposite sex, he might be even more obsessed with vinyl. His two wacky employees are played by Jack Black and Todd Louiso, and the hilarity that ensues between the trio is GENIUS. They are constantly creating a musical 'Top 5' for every occasion, which inspires Cusak's character to analyze his Top 5 Break-Ups throughout the movie. The film also stars Tim Robbins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sara Gilbert and Joan Cusak, plus a kick ass sountrack featuring Elvis Costello, The Kinks, Bob Dylan and The Velvet Underground. Be sure to look for the rad scene where Jack Black's character kicks open the door to the record store while singing a riff from Rush's "Jacob's Ladder"! 


By watching these two movies over the next two days, you'll be primed and ready for another rad Record Store Day! 


Happy Adventuring,


Taryn Daly