Top Five Vinyl Record Quotes

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry1 Comment

In our increasingly digital age, there’s still a lot of love for good old-fashioned vinyl. There’s just something about the physicality of vinyl; the sound, the feel (the entire experience) that conjures up emotions in generations old and new. It’s hard to imagine the same passion for any digital format in years to come, and while we’ve seen some resurgence in many analog formats over recent years, it’s vinyl that genuinely stands out as the format of choice for those who are passionate about owning music physically.

In celebration of the passion many music lovers share about vinyl, we’ve collated some of our favorite quotes about vinyl records.

1. Jack White

Arguably the biggest modern advocate of the vinyl revival, Jack White has repeatedly proclaimed his love for music on wax. In his own words, “Vinyl is the real deal. I’ve always felt like, until you buy the vinyl record, you don’t really own the album. And it’s not just me or a little pet thing or some kind of retro romantic thing from the past. It is still alive.”

White’s words are a bold statement that epitomizes how we feel at Sound Matters feel about the importance of owning music. As a standalone quote, however, I prefer the summary below:

‘There’s no romance in singing about an iPod’

2. Norah Jones

If ever there was a modern talent whose music just seems to suit the aesthetic of vinyl perfectly, it’s surely got to be the contemporary Jazz musician, Norah Jones. As a star who rose to fame during the height of Napster, it’s clear she still had a great appreciation for physical music.

“I think it’s important for people who love music to retain physical CDs or even vinyl, because it sounds so great and so much warmer than music over the internet.”

3. Neil Young

Neil Young controversially dismissed the vinyl revival as a mere fashion accessory. And while we would beg to differ, he was right to criticize the quality of some record label masters destined for modern pressings. That’s not to say Young didn’t have an appreciation for vinyl, and to add further to controversy, he was famously quoted as stating that “Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music. But when he went home, he listened to vinyl.” Ironic, huh?

4. John Lydon

Another rebel, with yet more controversial opinions, Sex Pistols frontman, John Lydon is about as authentic as it gets: “I hate the technological rip-offs that pass for music formats these days, and go back to vinyl to hear a good record because the sound is always so much fuller. I don’t even like listening to music in the car.”

Last, but by no means least, is perhaps my favorite vinyl quote of them all from the late and great BBC Radio DJ, John Peel. If ever there was a quote that sums up how much soul we’ve lost in recorded music, it has to be this:

“Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don’t have any surface noise. I said, “Listen, mate, life has surface noise.”

Peel had a real ear for special musical talent, and his legacy of backing the underdog to help boost the profile for some of pop music’s greatest talents, including Marc Bolan and The Smiths, is just one of the reasons he remains so revered to this day.

The quotes I’ve listed are just the tip of the iceberg; there’s so much passion out there for music on vinyl, and I think these comments are some of the best examples of that enthusiasm.

Do you have a favorite quote? Want to create your own? Let us know in the comments below.

  • David Gavin says:

    Its kind of funny that you mention john peel, I used to love listening to his radio show, he did so much to raise awareness of bands and music, he would often play cassette recordings as this was all the bands could produce, he would make them sound as good as possible. It was wonderful to grow up in the “Age of Peel” nobody did what he did and not since. Now bands just get their stuff on spotify but its not the same, no commentary or interesting stuff about the bands.