Who remembers Our Price records in Brixton?

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  2. boohoo

    boohoo No.

    The Our Price and Body shop was a new building. I don't remember but was there before but it was exciting for us Brixton school kids to see some new shops coming to Brixton as up to a point anything new had been a pound shop and not a big brand name. This was also the time when the Body shop was a fairly fresh idea and quite trendy to have one. Woolworths must have really worried when Our Price arrived as this had been where people bought their top 40 singles/ albums. This building must have gone up in the late 1980s.
  3. OpalFruit

    OpalFruit Well-Known Member

    I think that at some stage in it's history that corner housed a bingo hall, occupying the site of a former theatre. It was then re-developed as mixed use. I can't remember when Our Price closed, but it was a Virgin store and phone shop by 2002 or 3, I think.
  4. wemakeyousoundb

    wemakeyousoundb and calm again

    I'm pretty sure it was there in 87 when I first got here.
  5. wemakeyousoundb

    wemakeyousoundb and calm again

    there used to be a bingo/ex-theatre nearby (opposite the vox/substation entrance) but I can't remember one there, I've found out not so along ago that the other one did have some squat gigs/parties in the 80s before my time here.

    e2a: no theatre on that spot in 1978
    e2a2: looks like it was littlewoods in 1975
  6. boohoo

    boohoo No.

  7. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    Yeah, some of my friends used to work there.
  8. Orang Utan


    aye, a mutual friend of ours has no love for working there and has a few horror stories of having to deal with local 'characters'.
  9. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Our Price was a chain of record stores in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 1972 until 2004. Originally founded in 1972 by Gary Nesbitt, Edward Stollins and Mike Isaacs, early stores were branded "The Tape Revolution" and concentrated on the then-new compact cassette format.
    The name was changed to "Our Price Records" in the mid-1970s; then to "Our Price Music" (reflecting the growth in the tape and compact disc formats) in the mid-1980s; and then to "Our Price" following a final brand relaunch in 1993.

    I'm trying to remember if I ever remember it being called Our Price Records or Our Price Music, but failing miserable
  10. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

  11. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Wallace Evans Hughes in 1910

  12. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

  13. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    From the planning applications database for 464-466 Brixton Rd it looks as though the Virgin makeover was 2002 but by November 2004 they were dealing with a retrospective application from QS for a new shopfront.

    [I was blissfully unaware until just reading it that the remaining QS stores e.g in Streatham are about to disappear from High Streets as the new Indian owners rebrand them as "Store Twenty One"]
  14. OpalFruit

    OpalFruit Well-Known Member

    Oh, sorry - wrong corner.

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    I miss record shopping. Our Price used to have a pretty good selection.
    Now it's just help the aged and ebay.
  16. happyshopper

    happyshopper Well-Known Member

    Not that I remember. Little more than current hits. Not much classical music and no jazz or folk.

    Didn't it become a Virgin Record Store briefly before it closed.
  17. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus


    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    No other record shops round my way stocked the pussy galore, world dom, Vaselines and Beat Happening records I bought in Our Price.
  19. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    Yeah I remember Our Price - when I went there from about mid 90s I remember they had a decent vinyl section with a bit of dance and hiphop stuff. The staff did try to be friendly and helpful. It went totally downhill when it became a Virgin store in the early noughties...which only lasted a couple of years.

    There was also Just Vinyl under the arches in Station Arcade, which had a huge selection of 2nd hand tunes. Run by a friendly woman whose name I can't remember. And of course Red Records, which also had a branch in West Norwood.
  20. Mr Moose

    Mr Moose What the hell are we supposed to tell the kids?

    I worked at an 'Our Price' for a while after leaving school. It was both fun, everyone you worked with was young - + I got to wear my Killing Joke T-shirts at work - and maddening, because it was so corporate and yet a bit shabby too.

    Still we got to order records on the basis of what people were buying. Ok, so Lionel Richie had a new album out, maybe you'd get 50 of those in straight off, but you'd sell one CRASS record, then order two, they went, then order another 5 and so on.
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  21. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    The redevelopment of that corner (Tunstall Road/Brixton Road) was completed in August 1989, so the upstairs tenants and the shops (including Our Price) would have been in around that time. It was a Michael Heseltine project, aimed at redeveloping down-at-heel inner cites following the riots. We moved in upstairs on 19th August.
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  22. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    I'd just like to clarify that I liked this ^^^^^ post because it had some good info in it, not because it was anything to do with Hezza :oops::D)
  23. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    On the subject of record shops, I heard that Supertone on Acre Lane might be closing soon. And Blacka Dread is spending a lot of his time in JA now so I don't know if his shop will stay open. Both shops really rely on 7" singles from JA and there are precious few new musics being made now.
  24. stethoscope

    stethoscope Well-Known Member

    Would be a shame if either of those two closed. But feeling the effect of JA having ceased vinyl production I'm sure :(

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