At the Third Man Record three-year celebration event, the record label handed out a single compilation album on a 12-inch record, which contains every “Blue Series” single the label has released to date. On a single 12-inch record, the amount of music presented doesn’t really make sense—how do you fit 56 singles on a single record?
Here’s Third Man’s solution: Make a record that rotates at 3 RPM. Yes, you’re reading that right: the album spins at three full revolutions a minute, as opposed to the much more common 33 or 45 RPM. And because commercial record players aren’t equipped to play an album at this speed, the record company suggests taking matters into your own hands:
“It’s easy to play but impossible to hear. You put your finger on it to slow it down, but this is no easy task (as evidenced by these youtube videos) and we estimate it would take 333 days of 33 hours training per day for your finger, hand, and arm muscles to spin at a continuous speed of 3rpm for X hours and X minutes. Also, you can visit all the little cutouts as they now live in the Third Man store, as does Melissa the ‘Human Model.’”
The “impossible to hear” part is no joke, and the proof is in the videos below. You can take a look at some (frustrated) Third Man supporters trying to play the tracks below. If you have a single yourself, send your attempt to play it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might post it to the website later.