Your Weird Vinyl Record for the Day

By the time you read this, I’ll have been through the crates at the Downtown Record Show in Toronto. I’m always looking for the weird and kooky, but I’ve never run across anything like this.

In 1964, a label called Folkways Records–a company that specialized in preserving the sounds of our world beyond just music–released a record called The Sounds of the Office. And yep, that’s exactly what it contains. Click on the image to hear such rave-ups as “Dictation and Transcription,” “Pop Bottle Machine” and my favourite, “Heat Copyer (Thermofax) and Stapling.” (SPOILER: No David Brent or Dwight Shrute will be found.)

(Via Andrew who got it from Boing Boing.)


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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