Tell us a little bit about yourself: My Name is Nick Perry. I am 45 years old. I live in Cleveland Ohio. I work at NASA as an IT Systems Administrator. I have been a drummer in local bands in Cleveland, Ohio since the mid 90's and still play. Bands I have been in, in the past, have had the pleasure of opening for the likes of Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Peter Frampton, The Smithereens and The Knack. I have been married for 21 years to my amazing wife and we co-produced two equally amazing kids. I live and breathe music. I go to several concerts a year, as well in and around the Cleveland, Ohio area. I also really enjoy taking photos and videos at every concert I go to. I am an avid autograph seeker/collector of signed anything and I currently have a vinyl collection of 4,000 albums and counting!
Favorite album: My favorite album of all time would have to be from my biggest musical hero - Bruce Springsteen: The Wild the Innocent & The E Street Shuffle because to me, it is the best white man soul album ever made! It embodies the spirit of Van Morison like no other. That album is solid from start to finish!
First album: The First album I ever bought was when i was 9 years old in 1983 at the local mall (remember record stores in malls?), the 7" for the Genesis song, "That's All." My dad drove my brother and I to the mall to buy any record we wanted to buy with our own money and this is what I bought!
Favorite Enjoy The Ride or Enjoy The Toons release: My favorite Enjoy The Ride release has to be: Hasbro Studios Presents '80s TV Classics: Music from The Transformers - I was addicted to that cartoon in the 80's as a kid. I watched it everyday after school along with G. I. Joe!
Favorite album artwork: My favorite album artwork has to be the 2016 reissue of Pink Floyd's Meddle. It has this raised texture feel to it. It also has my favorite Pink Floyd song on it called "Fearless."
Did you see anything on the RSD 2019 list that you plan on picking up? Oh, I have gone every year to RSD in both the spring and black friday RSD except the first two years. This year I picked up all of these:
Stiv Bators - STIV: No Compromises No Regrets
Bingo Hand Job (R.E.M.) - Live At The Borderline 1991
David Bowie - The World of David Bowie
James Brown - Sho Is Funky Down Here
Duran Duran - As The Lights Go Down
Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks – Test Pressing
Peter Gabriel - Rated PG
Steve Gadd Band - Steve Gadd Band
Green Day - Woodstock 1994
Greta Van Fleet - From The Fires
Billy Joel - Live at Carnegie Hall 1977
Elton John - Live From Moscow
John Lennon - Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes)
Pearl Jam - Live At Easy Street
Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets (Mono)
Elvis Presley - Live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, NV August 23, 1969
Robert Plant - Fate of Nations
Otis Redding With Booker T. & The M.G.'S And The Mar-Keys - Just Do It One More Time!
Matthew Sweet - The Blue Sky On Mars Tour
Jeff Tweedy - Warmer
Weezer - (Teal Album)
Weezer - Dusty Gems and Raw Nuggets
Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch - Twin Peaks Season Two: Music and More
Office Space Soundtrack
Stax Does The Beatles
Howard Stern's Private Parts
The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Parliaments - Baby I Owe You Something Good
What are your favorite local record shops, in case any readers are traveling through your town? IMHO, the best record store in the Cleveland area is Record Den in a suburb of Cleveland called: Mentor. I cannot recommend that place enough. Super knowledgeable staff and a selection of vinyl like no other locally in Cleveland! They also get the most RSD variety/quantities in Ohio twice a year! One more shout-out for Cleveland is that we have an amazing vinyl pressing plant here called: Gotta Groove Records, that presses tons of vinyl for local Cleveland bands and tons of big names worldwide.
Have you discovered any new artists lately? (Doesn't have to be someone new on the scene, can be new to you!) Yes! Greta van Fleet and The Better Oblivion Community Center. With Greta, that band just proves rock will never be dead and it is not currently dead like many have been saying. I have always liked Conor Oberst and him teaming up with Phoebe Bridgers for BOCC is a truly amazing combo.
What are some of your favorite albums you have in your collection? I would say the 142 signed albums i have gotten(so far) myself after concerts in and around Cleveland. Out of all of those, I would say my favorites are :
I am a HUGE fan of Teenage Fanclub and the whole band signed every single one of my TFC albums. All of their albums!
Brian Wilson signed No Pier Pressure
Brian Eno's albums: Ambient 4(On Land), Discreet Music and Music For Films
Ian Hunter signed Mott the Hoople box set
Peter Wolf - A Cure for Loneliness - signed by Peter
Ginger Baker - A Drummer's Tale - Signed by Ginger
The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle - Signed by all 4 original living members
Otis Redding - Otis Blue - Signed by Steve Cropper
Rush - Hold Your Fire - signed by Aimee Mann
Tears For Fears - Songs from the Big Chair - signed by Roland and Curt
Pink Floyd - The Wall - signed by Roger Waters
AC/DC - Flick of The Switch - signed by Angus Young
Footloose Soundtrack - signed by Kevin Bacon
X - Wild Gift - signed by all original members
The Kinks - The Kinks are The Village Green Preservation Society - signed by Ray and Dave
Dave Mason - Alone Together - signed by Dave
Wilco - Alpha Mike Foxtrot - signed by whole band
Donovan - A Gift From a Flower to a Garden - signed by Donovan
Any specific albums you wish you had on vinyl? I wish i could afford a copy of an original: Beatles - The Beatles Yesterday and Today, Butcher Cover and the last two Bowie box sets released thus far: A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982); Loving The Alien (1983-1988).
What album would you like to be pressed on vinyl? This is a tough one because most of what was not on vinyl is now on vinyl because of the demand for vinyl these days. I would say a non-limited edition of The Elvin Jones album called Genesis. Everybody needs to hear that masterpiece!
What have you been listening to more frequently lately? On vinyl, I have been listening to alot of old school punk from the 70's and 80's by: The Dead Boys, Stiv Bators, The Germs, Cheetah Chrome, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned - just to name a few!
Scenario time! Lets say you decided to sell most of your possessions + live in a tiny house for the remainder of your years. You can only take 7 records. What are they (Here's the catch - for each person you live with, you have to make one of those choices their favorite album - the more people you live with, the less choices are yours. Yes, this includes tiny humans)? I am a nice person and I would take albums I know each person I live with would like that I equally like...
Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley - For My Wife, Antoinette
Men At Work - Business as Usual - For My 18 year old Daughter, Grace
The Ramones - Ramones - For My 14 year old Son, Nick
The rest are for me and for me to get the rest to really like!
Teenage Fanclub - Songs From Northern Britian
Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle
The Cure - The Head on The Door
SHHHHHHH...If i could sneak 8 instead of 7, I would add this one as well!
Rush - Permanent Waves