Let's Flip Through Twitter's Soon-to-Be Auctioned Office Record Collection

Featuring not one, but two Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers comps

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BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Aug 10, 2023

It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing at Twitter since Elon Musk took over, and that goes for both online and IRL, with the company poised to auction off assets from its San Francisco headquarters — including its office vinyl collection and turntable.

Whether part of ownership's latest attempt at "X" branding, or the need to scrape together funds for legal fees or overdue rent, Twitter's modest stack of wax is up for grabs in an online auction that also features designer office furniture, industrial kitchen appliances, old desktop computers and displays, and even a statuette of the outgoing blue bird logo.

Back to the music: the records are available in a lot dubbed "The Twitter Essential's," coming complete with a Victrola "Nostalgic 6-in-1 Bluetooth Record Player" you can spot above in the lower righthand corner — its "graphite" finish a perfect match for the drab grey laminate flooring in the highest bidder's overpriced apartment.

We imagine that since Elon took over, the soundtrack at Twitter X Corp. HQ is a looping queue of the Grimes catalogue, Kanye West material from 2018 onward, and the ambient whine of whatever servers are left supporting the site's declining user base. So what were the company's best and brightest dropping the needle on during the @Jack era?

Sitting alongside stone-cold classics from Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson are plenty of greatest hits compilations for the singles lovers: noted app abandoner Elton John's Diamonds, Nirvana's posthumous hits comp with "You Know You're Right," Janet Jackson's Number Ones to show there is no preferential sibling treatment, and not one, but two copies of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits — fitting for every last "Breakdown" the company has experienced lately.

We'd really like to meet the listener who brought that copy of My Morning Jacket's Z to the wall, but based on the rest of the display, Twitter's taste proves that Silicon Valley types should leave music to more musical people, and is best described as Urban Outfitters-core — the nearest location is only a 10-minute drive from the office, after all. 
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