I did a little series of posts in the run up to last Christmas about music-related present ideas, and if I see any more this year I'll add to that series. So we'll kick off in 2009 with some stamps. That's right, you heard me - stamps.
It's probably a good thing that this special edition of stamps isn't out until 2010 because hopefully by then the post will have sorted itself out after the strike and the inevitable Christmas rush. But this set isn't a bad little bit of rock and roll memorabilia and doesn't cost much either. Also, if the recipient isn't especially impressed with your gift, they can of course just use them as stamps.
I've never bought a special set of stamps before but I think you can just buy these in the post office (or online here) for £3.90, when they're out, and the record sleeves featured on this set include these stamps right here...
Sure, they're all pretty obvious albums, but the one I can't quite tell what it is is the one second from the right on the top row. Any ideas? Oddly, they don't appear to have an actual list on the Royal Mail website, almost as if the person writing the web page wasn't given a list either and could only mention the ones that they knew.
ADDITION: In one of those bizarre coincidences that sometimes happen, I clicked on a Tweet this morning from a journalist at The Word (Rob Fitzpatrick) who was claiming Age Of Consent by New Order to be the greatest song ever. Not true, obviously, but when the Spotify link sprang up there was the mystery artwork that I mention above and it was in fact New Order's Power, Corruption & Lies. So now I know. Thanks Rob.