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demise of shops (particularly record shops)

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you can support labels by buying on beatport and bandcamp. in one way it's better because they don't have to press records and hope that they get sold, they only press records that are going to be sold

on the other hand the whole mercantile thing is gone. it's my big dream to make a space where all of those record shop and bookshop and weird little thing shop people can go.
 

cybertect

It's grim up north (London)
Either Oddbins or the place next door. I can't remember which.

IIRC it was called Moonfleet Records. It was next door to Oddbins and is now the Souk bar/restaurant. I bought my copy of the Pixies' Surfer Rosa in there.
 

cybertect

It's grim up north (London)
There was another place round the corner on Clapham Park Road that specialised in alt-rock and neo-psychedelic music. They also stocked Bucketfull of Brains mag. I think it was either them or Moonfleet that sold up and moved to Brighton to do mail order sales.
 

MellySingsDoom

Decimated by the shrapnel of his rhetoric
In cheerier news on the record shops front, I'm happy to report that this independent record store is still going strong:



Was here on Sunday, and picked up a few nice whatnots - shop info etc be here
 

Casual Observer

binoculars
There was another place round the corner on Clapham Park Road that specialised in alt-rock and neo-psychedelic music. They also stocked Bucketfull of Brains mag. I think it was either them or Moonfleet that sold up and moved to Brighton to do mail order sales.
Zippo Records. Packed up in the early 90s.
 

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chillin
Im sure i read somewhere that HMV is reopening in croydon quite soon; i suppose a record shop is better than none.
 

cybertect

It's grim up north (London)
Im sure i read somewhere that HMV is reopening in croydon quite soon; i suppose a record shop is better than none.
The Sutton branch of HMV is closing down at the moment; or rather euphemistically 'relocating' according to the in-store posters. Members if staff didn't know where to, but suspected Croydon, so that fits.
 

ATOMIC SUPLEX

Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3
HMV vanished from Croydon a few years ago. I just popped into town and see a new one has opened up. Interestingly (for me) it has quite a large selection of vinyl.
 

sim667

Licking windows on the 303 bus.
As far as shops go, living near Northcote Road in Clapham, I reckon I am quite lucky. But there are no record shops nearby. I really don't want to traipse up o Oxford Street or Berwick Street for the latest CD. My other choices are HMV's all the way out to Kingston or Guildford as there is no where for new CD's in the likes of Clapham, Putney, Brixton Croydon ETc.

Am I the only one suffering in this way? Can someone please open a decent CD shop somewhere n Sarf London; I promise to uy a few CD's a month!!
There's record shops in Guildford?

Dub Vendor held on for as long as they could, but ended up pulling everything back to their Ladbroke Grove shop (where they held the lease, rather than rented).
I didn't realise dub vendor had an actual shop.... I buy off them online a lot though.
 

sim667

Licking windows on the 303 bus.
HMV vanished from Croydon a few years ago. I just popped into town and see a new one has opened up. Interestingly (for me) it has quite a large selection of vinyl.
Vinyls making a bit of a comback though isn't it? iirc i read something that said there'd been a million vinyl sales this year for the first time in ages.
 

ViolentPanda

Hardly getting over it.
Vinyls making a bit of a comback though isn't it? iirc i read something that said there'd been a million vinyl sales this year for the first time in ages.
That's a million pieces of vinyl processed through retailers' point-of-sale equipment, do doesn't count any vinyl sold via indie-label websites etc, either.
 

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chillin
Im in Farnham, Surrey. Totally out of the blue, i stumbled accross 101 records, superb. Small, indie shop selling variety of music on vinyl and cd. I bought two albums but coyld have bought many more :):thumbs:
 

weloveallthat

New Member
ViolentPanda - correct me if I'm wrong here, but wasn't there an Our Price on St Johns Road as well? (This was in the very early 90's). There was also IS Records on Northcote Road too, if memory serves.
In the very early 90s I may well have served you meself at the St John's Road Our Price in Clapham Junction. Right motley crew of music lovers we were, but everyone was an expert in some genre or another! Good times while they lasted! Many a tale to tell about customers and colleagues too...
 

Orang Utan

knows how to use the three shells
In the very early 90s I may well have served you meself at the St John's Road Our Price in Clapham Junction. Right motley crew of music lovers we were, but everyone was an expert in some genre or another! Good times while they lasted! Many a tale to tell about customers and colleagues too...
Hmm, we may have mutual acquaintances :D
 

weloveallthat

New Member
Goodness Records (Tooting Broadway)
Bluebird Records (Streatham High Road)
Dancefloor Records (Norbury)
Musictown Records (Upper Tooting Road)

All sorely missed.
Went back to Tooting for the first time in over a decade and shocked to discover Goodness Records is now a STARBUCKS. Their bargain bim singles were the foundations of my early vinyl obsession. Remember it before they made it non-smoking, it had the atmosphere of a speakeasy crossed with a 70s bookies. You could barely see the till for the tobacco fug. Yellow plastic bags with a red-orange logo in a Frankfurter font, way before Tower used the same colour combo on their bags over here. Good times indeed.
 

Orang Utan

knows how to use the three shells
Two people whose names begin with a vowel - one Welsh and gobby and a rugger build, the other a Dracula lookalike who supported Leytonstone. I could be way off of course!
I worked at King's Road OP but knew people from Kensington and Clapham OPs too.
 

weloveallthat

New Member
Hmm... can't think of anyone who fits those descriptions! Not the two I was thinking of! This was '90-'93! Also worked in Brixton, Streatham and Croydon OPs. One of the guys whose name began with a vowel was into a notorious psych-prog hippy band with dreadful artwork and looked like that Kid Rock bloke way before Kid Rock even existed. When I first became aware of Kid Rock I couldn't believe that this stoner from South London was going out with Pamela Anderson because he was still living with his dad when he worked with me in Our Price.
 

weloveallthat

New Member
Hmm... can't think of anyone who fits those descriptions! Not the two I was thinking of! This was '90-'93! Also worked in Brixton, Streatham and Croydon OPs. One of the guys whose name began with a vowel was into a notorious psych-prog hippy band with dreadful artwork and looked like that Kid Rock bloke way before Kid Rock even existed. When I first became aware of Kid Rock I couldn't believe that this stoner from South London was going out with Pamela Anderson because he was still living with his dad when he worked with me in Our Price.
It was his nickname, not his real name that began with a vowel!
 

Orang Utan

knows how to use the three shells
Hmm... can't think of anyone who fits those descriptions! Not the two I was thinking of! This was '90-'93! Also worked in Brixton, Streatham and Croydon OPs. One of the guys whose name began with a vowel was into a notorious psych-prog hippy band with dreadful artwork and looked like that Kid Rock bloke way before Kid Rock even existed. When I first became aware of Kid Rock I couldn't believe that this stoner from South London was going out with Pamela Anderson because he was still living with his dad when he worked with me in Our Price.
i think our dates don't match - the period i'm talking about is 1994-2000ish
 
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