One of the subsets of the vinyl resurrection is the turn of the picture disc. These things were really hot in the 80s—and very collectible. A picture disc is a 12″ LP with a full-colour picture delicately spray-painted over the grooves in the vinyl. Picture discs were all the rage for a while. The Talking Heads, the Stranglers, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees and tons of other bands from the late 70s and early 80s all made a few extra bucks by issuing limited-edition picture discs. With vinyl hot once again, we’ve begun to see a few of these old-school things.
But here’s a really weird bit of trivia. Would you care to guess who released the very first picture disc? You won’t believe it. The year was 1934—and that’s when Adolph Hitler released a series of Nazi speeches on a flat shellac disc, which featured a picture of him and a large crowd. It was history’s first picture disc.