Devoted fans show us their collections and pop memorabilia. In this edition of Superfan, Dennis Yarwood from Flixton, Manchester shows us his Mute Records stash…

Superfan: Mute Records - Dennis Yarwood

When did you first become a Superfan of your favourite artist and why?
It would be in 1981, when Depeche Mode made their first appearance on Top Of The Pops performing New Life. I bought the single and noticed the catalogue number was 7Mute014. I started looking for the previous 13 releases and discovered Fad Gadget, The Normal and Silicon Teens.

Superfan: Mute Records - Dennis YarwoodWhat other Mute items do you have in your collection?
I have over 1,500 different releases, including 7″, 10″ and 12″ singles; CD singles, cassettes, videos and DVDs as well as vinyl boxsets, CD compilations, T-shirts, catalogues, books, posters, stickers and badges. Artists include Erasure, Yazoo, Maps, Goldfrapp, Depeche Mode, Fad Gadget, I Start Counting, Laibach, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Moby, Peach, Recoil, Richard Hawley, Polly Scattergood and many, many more.

How much have you spent on your collection?
I dread to think what it has cost over the 40 years Mute have been in existence. Vinyl reissues and boxsets are now the thing to pick up, and at £50-plus a go, I need to correctly predict the winning numbers of the Lotto!

Superfan: Mute Records - Dennis YarwoodWhat’s your favourite item in your collection?
A personalised hand-drawn version of Only You by the Polly Scattergood/Maps combo, onDeadWaves.

Have you ever met your favourite Mute artists?
I’ve seen most of them live at some point, but not met any of them. My mate has met and chatted with Daniel Miller and Flood – I’m well jealous!

If you could ask your favourite artists one question, what would it be?
What attracted you to sign for Mute Records?

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