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The records shops that shaped our lives

Discussion in 'music' started by Mongeddavid, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. yentone

    yentone pfm Member

    Was that Plastic Factory?
  2. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

  3. MichaelC

    MichaelC pfm Member

    Was Chick a Boom the little shop on the first floor in the old arcade? If so, that is also a place I used to frequent.
  4. yentone

    yentone pfm Member

    Probably the most influential record shop I ever went to was one I could only go to periodically. We had family who lived in Margate, Kent, and summer holidays were always spent there. As I became more interested in music, I found a place there called Funhouse Records. They had an immense stock of new and secondhand vinyl and it was staffed by very knowledgeable, rather freaky folk who would play music that was largely alien to my ears.

    On my first visit, I came out with The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu, a couple of Residents albums and Starsailor by Tim Buckley. I think they thought I needed re-educating! Still have them and love them dearly.
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  5. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    @MichaelC Yep, originally further down the high street by the market and then two floors in the arcade. I still have a Chick-A-Boom price sticker on my treasured copy of Daydream Nation :)
  6. gary1064

    gary1064 pfm Member

    Woods music shop in New St., Huddersfield, now long gone sadly. It was mainly a musical instrument and sheet music shop, but they had quite a decent record selection at the back. Along the back wall was a row of booths (like telephone boxes) with headphones, if you asked nicely they'd play you an album before buying it. The somewhat stuck-up managers' expression was a picture when I asked to listen to the latest Discharge album, lol :D:D
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  7. tobermory

    tobermory pfm Member

    Ah yes, paper round money spent on your first ever records, great memories. The pay was surely illegal, I got 3.25 a week (yes week) for 7 mornings. But the paper shop (Andrews, technically Hove but we knew it as Portslade) had a 7" rack and, at 65p a pop, my 3.25 went quite far. As I recall my first ever record was Games Without Frontiers, bought from there, still have it and love it of course.
  8. tobermory

    tobermory pfm Member

    Ah yes, the hangout joint. The owner of Vinyl Demand in Brighton was often heard complaining "people come to my shop to TALK music, but then go off to BUY it at Virgin Megastore" ;)
    gavreid and fegs like this.
  9. Finnegan

    Finnegan pfm Member

  10. Finnegan

    Finnegan pfm Member

    Ah the legendary Lost Chord. I sourced the vast majority of my vinyl collection there back in the 80’s. Incredible selection of second hand records and so cheap. I never came away empty handed. Best record shop in Glasgow. Long gone, sadly.
  11. Finnegan

    Finnegan pfm Member

    Yeah I remember that shop. There was also a place up on Byers Rd in the early 90’s that was, I think, owned by those two eccentric brothers who had owned the Listen chain after Listen had folded.
  12. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    Selectadisc (Nottingham) was my main point, it moves about a few times. I have a photo of my mate trying to look cool when it was on Bridlesmith Gate, then it moved to Queens st. I think. Basement and upstairs.
    I used to sell me Skateboard Fanzine that I wrote in there. Cool hang out. There was some record shops up Mansfield rd. and Robs records (was that the messy place up a small walkway?)
  13. kendo

    kendo Prussian bot

    Aye poor Breeks eh? However, some of the Grouchos staff reopened as "Thirteen Records**" in Union St close to Assai Records (new vinyl only plus some Project gear) and for dance/indie there is "Le Freak" further up the Perth Rd.
    Even HMV have vastly improved (a good manager and core staff) with decent amounts of LPs and CDs but still a ton of visual media...

    ** hope they can (all) reopen tomorrow after lockdown...:)
  14. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

    As I remember it, for years there were two Selectadiscs, One as you correctly state on Bridlesmith Gate, the other (which was always viewed as the main shop) on Market Street, this ended up having three floors, in later years they ended up with another premises a couple of doors down, all now sadly closed
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  15. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    Yes Robs is down Hurts Yard, tiny walk way off Upper Parliament Street, there's also been one or two inside the West End Arcade for a while, they seem to have a different name every time I go past.

    Don't know if any of these three are still open, I know Forever Records went a while back before Covid, another tiny shop down a non descript alley in the Lace Market.
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  16. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    Didn’t it turn into Fopp eventually or was that just a bit further down the street?

    I know Paul Smith opened that shop near Void near where G-Force clothes shop was. (I loved that shop) It didn’t have that much in it and I think Rough Trade is just around the corner near Broadway cinema (excuse mistakes as it is a while since I have been there. In the 1980’s I hung out around there a lot)

    When I say Paul Smith, he definitely had summat to do with it, can’t remember what. Designed the bags?
  17. musicman56

    musicman56 50 years hifi & vinyl junkie

    When I was living in Harlesden in the 1980s I used to visit 'Plastic Passion' just off Ladbroke Grove. It was run by two guys who, I recall, subsequently fell out and divided the shop down the middle (a la Steptoe and Son!) and renamed each half to continue business separately. You couldn't make it up.
  18. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    The one shop that I used a lot when young was the one in the underground market half way up Union street in Ryde on the Isle O Wight. I think there was one upstairs in the main bit of the indoor market as well. With a grumpy sod in charge as I recall.

    About 1981
  19. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

    FOPP was just down from the Post Office on Queen Street (as I remember it), next street to Market Street

    Are you thinking of Music Exchange on Stoney Street with the Paul Smith connection?
  20. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    It was on Stoney St. Hockley. Yes, The Music Exchange, you had to step up to get to the records and I found it really awkward (crutches) - it was expensive, and had loads of stuff I didn’t want.
    I didn’t know it had closed down, shows how often I frequent the area nowadays.

    The only time I would ever go in that area now is to go to Broadway cinema. Always liked it there, even if just to have lunch and a beer.

    There was a second hand record shop up Mansfield rd. (had an anarchy A I think in yellow) that wasn’t bad, run by a woman I think, opposite side to Richer Sounds and a bit further up. I used to browse both.
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