Haim’s Alana-Shaped Vinyl and More Funky Records

Courtesy of sterogum.com, argentinawares.com, amazon.com
Courtesy of sterogum.com, argentinawares.com, amazon.com

Haim, the pop/soft rock group made up of three sisters, has announced they will be releasing a limited-edition 7-inch record shaped like their youngest member, Alana Haim. They have posted a photo of the picture-disc, which is cut out in the shape of her sassy pose. She is pictured with her back to the camera, showing off a leather varsity jacket autographed by A$AP Ferg, and a pair of cutoff jean shorts. Her arms and legs extend far beyond the perimeters of the 7-inch vinyl.

If you spin it, you will hear Haim’s newest single on the A-side, entitled “My Song 5,” and another version of the same song on the B-Side, featuring A$AP Ferg. It will be available for purchase on October 27th, 2014, and you can pre-order the collectible here. In honor of the special release, we decided to look back on some of our other favorite funky-shaped records.

Several artists have released heart-shaped vinyl, which is usually a transparent red or pink. In 2011, indie rock band Girls released the single “Lawrence” on red, heart-shaped vinyl, a special edition that was limited to 1,000 copies. Last year, the Beatles’ 1962 song “Love Me Do” was also released on a red, heart-shaped 7-inch, which had collectors wrestling over the mere 500 copies produced.

We can’t forget Less Than Jake’s 1998 collectible, which etched the songs “Cheese” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” into a slice of Swiss cheese. The 7-inch came in two colors: a fresh bright yellow, and a “moldy” green. We have also seen some patriotic shapes, such as German electronic group Tangerine Dream’s Poland-shaped record, and John Linnell’s (They Might Be Giants) USA-shaped one.

Moving into 10-inch vinyl, screamo bands Jeromes Dream and Orchid both released skull-shaped cutouts. These spun at 45 RPM and, unlike the 7-inchers, were one-sided. The spinnable skulls could be purchased in black and white, blood red, and even glow in the dark. Also quite punky, Canadian hardcore bands Left For Dead and Acid teamed up on a red saw-blade-shaped record, which resembled like a spinning saw when it went around. Of course, these are just a few of the awesome ones floating around right now. A quick Google search will uncover even more mouth-watering collectible cutouts to tide you over until the Haim release.