The biggest — or rather the best — discount I ever got was buying an imported copy of Iggy & The Stooges’ raucous live romp Metallic KO for R9 back in the late 1970s. The legendary Michael’s Record Store, tucked away in Grace Street, just off Port Elizabeth’s main drag, had a large bin of records damaged (I seem to remember) by warehouse flooding. So these albums — all imported — were knocked down to bargain-basement prices.

Metallic KO was worth every cent. I was able to clear a room in minutes, frighten the neighbours and — more importantly — vanquish the insipid schoolboy sounds of the time. The album still holds pride of place among my most treasured vinyls...

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