Here we go again! The end of the HMO Challenge 2013 is now firmly in sight and, I have to say, I really lost my resolve of late. I had a £60 spending limit to aim for in October and I already bought a veritable mountain of music in September so I should have been able to lay off this month. Unfortunately, last month’s spending spree seemed to just awaken the kind of bad habits I’ve been trying to fix with the challenge! Let’s see how badly I did…
Paradise Lost – Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities) (£15 Amazon)
I did predict this was a sure-fire purchase but I’m going to be honest here: I haven’t listened to it yet! Turns out I already have a few of the songs on it too which is a bit disappointing.
Def Leppard – Viva Hysteria! (2CD/DVD Edition) (£15 Fopp Glasgow)
A worthwhile purchase for some of the lesser-heard tracks but I can’t say it’s particularly set my imagination on fire. It’s more worth it for the CDs, the DVD comes across a bit lifeless and a bit X-Factor and the Ded Flatbird sets are much more enjoyable than the Hysteria set.
Twilight of the Gods – Fire on the Mountain (£10 HMV Glasgow)
Purchase of the month! This is the kind of straight-up Heavy Metal that really hits me where I live. Wimps and posers leave the hall etc…
Deep Purple – Live at Inglewood 1968 (£9 Amazon Marketplace)
Thanks again to LeBrain for inspiring this purchase. An important addition to my live Deep Purple collection although strangely I decided I could do without the recent Perfect Strangers Live set for some reason. I think this scratched the itch.
Thunder – Live at Donington (2CD/DVD Edition) (£13 Amazon)
I’m not a huge fan of this band but I really fancied this. I’ve only watched the DVD so far and it’s a charismatic performance even if some of the fashions are a bit dicey.
Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake (3CD Deluxe Edition) (£13 Amazon)
My 2nd most listened to purchase of the month. This went down surprisingly well and it’s put me in a mind to get more of these deluxes. The mono versions on disc 1 just sound fantastic.
A late purchase of a box set I didn’t even know existed! The existing recordings of Dead’s band prior to him infamously joining Mayhem and killing himself. It looks like a necro treat but it’s not turned up yet so a stock photo will have to do!
And that’s the lot. I overdid it a bit and I have to say it was a bit of uninspiring month for me with a few titles I could probably have lived without. But it was a useful lesson in the benefits of being more discerning so hopefully I can go into November with renewed willpower!
OCTOBER 2013 TOTALS
Amount spent on purchases: £92
Amount budgeted: £60
Amount over/under budget: £32 Over!
HMO CHALLENGE 2013 TOTALS
Amount spent on purchases: £675
Amount budgeted: £555
Amount over/under budget: £120 Over