Review: Pegasus Records holds successful last day

Patrons visit Pegasus Records for its last day April 16. The store’s last day fell on Record Store Day.

My alarm went off at 6 a.m., which is earlier than I want to wake up most weekdays, let alone a Saturday. But this wake-up alarm was for a truly special occasion: Record Store Day and the final day Pegasus Records was open for business.

I stumbled out of bed, dressed, brushed my teeth and headed to the bank for some cash, arriving at Pegasus Records at 6:40. While I thought I was way ahead of the game, seeing the 20 people standing and sitting in line already informed me I had arrived just in time, if not a little late.

As I stood in line, I began speaking with the gentleman behind me. We discussed what we were hoping to get, and he shared his stories about visiting Pegasus over the years. I heard others talking about how excited they were for RSD while simultaneously being sad for the community’s loss.

As the Facebook event description promised, owner Eli Flippen greeted us all at 8:30 a.m. and handed the first 25 people in line (myself included) a ticket, then asked us what our No. 1 purchase of the day would be. If they had it in stock, they would hold it for us until checkout. Being No. 20, I assumed my record had been taken.

“Has anyone gotten The Buzzcocks?” I asked. He seemed happy to be able to say no one had taken it, as though it gave him a sense of joy to be able to share people’s excitement at finding the perfect record.

At around 8:45 a.m. they began letting groups of five in the store. Each group would have five minutes before the next group came in. Everyone was friendly, discussing what a great sale it was at 50 percent off all new records and 75 percent off all used records.

The line quickly wrapped around the inside of the building, and I honestly don’t think I saw a person who wasn’t smiling. I paid for my records and two posters — I’m a sucker for Henry Rollins — and was handed a nice RSD 2016 tote with a Pegasus sticker inside. This was to be my final purchase there.

After checkout, there was a table of free goodies including CD’s, buttons and what appeared to be a few zines. I grabbed one of each and headed outside, where the Vinyl Junkies — the vinyl collectors club — and Blank Comics set up tables for a yard sale of sorts.

While I braved the cold morning air for my beloved records, there is plenty left to do as Pegasus Records hosts a farewell bash.

Greasy Hands Barber Shop will offer haircuts until 2 p.m.

Rivertown Coffee Co. began selling tacos at noon, and Singin’ River Brewing Company tapped a keg of “Bohemian Hopsody” — a unique blend made for today and named by Pegasus Records — at 1 p.m. They will hand out over 100 specially designed cups filled with the beer.

Doc Dailey Music will perform at 2 p.m., and local band Sailour will premiere their music video at 2:45 p.m., finishing with a Red Mouth performance at 3 p.m.

This day is special to us not only because we’re claiming some one-of-a-kind records, free merchandise and a haircut or two, but because we’re saying farewell to a community icon, staple and go-to for all things music. As the day ends, Pegasus Records will conclude its term much like the creature for which it is named: For its honor and dedication to serving the Shoals community, it will forever be a sparkling reminder of what made the music community what it is today.