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demise of shops (particularly record shops)

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Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager
I was saddened with the demise of record shops on Berwick Street. :(
Yeah I went down there for the first time in a few years a couple of months back and it's a bit depressing now. All very shiny and characterless.:(

But then I suppose the fact that people like me weren't going down there spending in those shops any more is a big part of what caused them to close.
 

squiggle

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Yeah I went down there for the first time in a few years a couple of months back and it's a bit depressing now. All very shiny and characterless.:(

But then I suppose the fact that people like me weren't going down there spending in those shops any more is a big part of what caused them to close.
Do you know what they are building there? I suppose it'll be a Sainsbury/ Tesco Express or a block of flats for rich people :(
 
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Albert

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Enjoyed this book about Replay Records in Bristol on the Triangle. Remember going there in the 80's. sums up the atmosphere of the place well I thought and some great stories.

Original Rockers: Amazon.co.uk: Richard King: 9780571311798: Books
Cheers for this, I'll check it out.

Roger once refused to sell me a ticket for the 1993 megadog tour when I asked for an 'Apex Twin' ticket. He was certainly a funny onion but always a friendly chap. When I moved just round the corner from him he saved my bike from getting nicked. I left it outside my house unlocked after a night out. I thought it had gone but he had taken it home to keep safe.
 

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chillin
Shops. Are pretty much on the way out. Everything is going the way of supermarkets, out of town retail parks or on line I guess :(
 

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chillin
Right now, I want somewhere where I can go and buy a CD. I refuse to buy online. Still, if I found a record shop, I would spend more than I could afford.
 

stockwelljonny

Wait here I have gone to get help
Right now, I want somewhere where I can go and buy a CD. I refuse to buy online. Still, if I found a record shop, I would spend more than I could afford.
Have you been to Sounds of the Universe in Soho, great selection and lots of cd's and home to Soul Jazz label so has all their great stock.. plus sister ray over the road, not what it used to be but worth a visit..
 

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chillin
I used to live near there and frequently used to visit it. I keep meaning to trek back down there but couldn't get round to it. Thanks.
 

wildeye

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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!!

Croydon never recovered from losing Cloakes
 

wildeye

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Croydon had some greats in the 80s

Cloakes

Bonaparte

Our Price

Virgin

Then basically none!!!

Good Waterstones though
 

Mattym

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I hope it succeeds, as Nottingham really suffered when Selectadisc closed. How's the new Rough Trade doing up there? It opened just after I left the East Midlands.
Rough Trade seems to be doing well- but I always compare everything to Selectadisc, which often leaves me negative. I always think that many new record stores have a tiny selection, with the exception of one I saw in Berlin. RT also needs to improve the way it sells its CDs. General new releases are quite well promoted and in one area in the shop, but I have no idea what's new in the more specialised sections e.g.. electronic/punk etc as there are no signs or similar, you just have to wade through it. There are some good nights on in the upstairs bar.
 
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