Crate Digging at Toronto’s Downtown Record Show

It’s a twice-annual ritual. A bunch of hardcore record nerds meet for a breakfast of eggs and juicy sausages and then hit the Downtown Record Show at the Estonian Hall on Broadview. Armed with $200 (know your limit, buy within it), I hit the crates. Here’s what came home with me this time.

Bauhaus  – Stairway to Escher (1974)

No, not that Bauhaus. This was an early 70s prog band from Italy that never released an album while they were together.

39  Steps – 39 Steps (1985)

Sadly underrated Montreal band who received much CFNY love for this album’s single, “Slip into the Crowd.”

The Fugs – It Crawled into My Hand, Honest (1968)

Weird, avant-garde in-your-face, anti-war band from New York City famous for being the first group to drop the F-bomb on a recording.

Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac (1968)

Long before Fleetwood Mac went their own way, they were a heavy blues band led by Peter Green. This record bears absolutely no resemblance to Rumours whatsoever.

The Brady Bunch – Meet the Brady Bunch (1972)

One of at least two LPs released by the kids from the TV show. It was just too weird to pass up.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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