RECORD STORE TALES #968: Go For the Songs From the Electric Heart
Trapper is Emm Gryner, Sean Kelly, Frank Gryner and Tim Timleck. For those who know, Trapper is also one of the best hard rock bands going, if you happen to like that retro-catchy sound done with expertise and skill. This style of music never died, but it was definitely harder to find after grunge hit the “reset” button. Bottom line though: a good song is a good song. Trapper write and play good songs!
Joe Elliott is a fan. Isn’t that enough?
I’ve been into Trapper since first hearing about the band in 2015, when they released their first cassette. I knew Emm Gryner by reputation and quickly became a fan of her solo work. Of course, I was will familiar with Sean Kelly from his many recordings with Helix, Lee Aaron, the Metal On Ice CD/book project, and so on. But I missed out on that limited edition tape. I also missed the five track CD release Go For the Heart, of which 300 copies were made.
I’d been listening to the band quite a bit on the weekend, since getting their newest tape Songs From the Electric North in the mail. Only 50 were made, and this time I managed to get one! Sean sent it to me with a nice note. He’s a great guy. Not only did he take the time to appear on the LeBrain Train in May 2021, but even before that he was instrumental in helping me identify MuchMusic personalities on my VHS tapes. I always like adding more of his music to my collection.
And that is the point of this story: the collector’s disease. It’s a real thing, and I have the actual receipts. I decided I wanted “all the Trapper songs”. I looked on Discogs and much to my amazement, they had a copy of Go For the Heart for $75 plus shipping. $100 total. Last copy sold was $71, two years prior. It had been on my wishlist for some time. I did the math, and decided this was my best chance to own it. Go For the Heart has “Grand Bender” and “The Warrior” from the debut tape, so this would get me “all the Trapper songs” in physical form. Still flush with Christmas money, I decided to pull the trigger. Collector’s itch: temporarily scratched.
I felt quite satisfied with my myself!
The next day, I noticed my good buddy Aaron from the KMA had left a comment on my Friday January 14 live show, during which I unboxed my brand new Songs From the Electric North cassette. “Jealous you got the new Trapper,” he said. “I only have the one CD here.”
Wait…the CD? They only have one CD and it’s Go For the Heart. The one I just paid a hundred bucks for. And Aaron’s was signed by Emm and Sean! He paid a buck.
I had to tell Sean this story. “No regrets!” I said. And it is true. I paid a lot — maybe the most paid yet for that particular CD. But I wanted it. I wanted it for a while. I know what the last guy paid, and I paid $4 more. Will it appreciate in value? Not the point! I collect music from artists I like in physical formats. I wanted it, so I bought it.
Hey, I’m a collector and sometimes we splurge!