Superfan: Mute Records – Dennis Yarwood
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…
Q When did you first become a Superfan of your favourite artist and why?
A 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.
Q What other Mute items do you have in your collection?
A 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.
Q How much have you spent on your collection?
A 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!
Q What’s your favourite item in your collection?
A A personalised hand-drawn version of Only You by the Polly Scattergood/Maps combo, onDeadWaves.
Q Have you ever met your favourite Mute artists?
A 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!
Q If you could ask your favourite artists one question, what would it be?
A What attracted you to sign for Mute Records?