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Much like VHS tapes, the vinyl format has been experiencing a big time revival in recent years, particularly within the horror community. A handful of labels have sprung up that have dedicated themselves to releasing fan-favorite cult/horror soundtracks on vinyl, and the records themselves are typically as eye-catching as the cover art they’re housed inside of.

But even the coolest of records fail to compare to the sheer awesomeness of these vintage bootlegs from the Soviet Union, which were pressed not on vinyl but rather discarded X-ray plates!

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As we spotted over on Vinyl of the Day, many jazz and rock ‘n roll records were banned in the Soviet Union during the 1950s, which led many to make records of their own. Using a special device, they literally pressed the banned music onto X-ray plates that were being thrown out by local hospitals, thereby creating the coolest looking records that have ever been made.

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“They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole,” says author Anya von Bremzen. “You’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens.”

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Now that’s using your head… and every other part of your body!