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Which are your favourite record shops that have closed down and what are they now?
It'll never make a list of top 100 record shops of all time, but it was my local when I was growing up and I used to spend every Monday lunchtime there spending my wages on pretty much anything that seemed interesting. Good example: Hope of the States 'Black Dollar Bills', which I bought entirely on a whim. The owner knew me, always had a big pile of singles on the counter ready for me to flip through and used to throw promos my way every single week.
It's now a luggage shop. A shit luggage shop.
in Newbury at one time (not counting Vinyl Revival either): PP, MVC, Our Price and HMV (whose moving in was pretty much the watershed for the other 3 closing down). Now HMV hardly even sells any records! Powerplay was always great though. Not the cheapest, but they got in most of the new releases each week and had plenty of interesting back catalogue stuff. Essential Monday lunchtime destination.
meaning that HMV is all there is. Their thinning of the back catalogue over the past year is pretty criminal too, meaning that I tend to spend my Saturdays driving to Witney, Marlborough or Oxford for records.
now an upmarket bakery/coffe shop
In it's place- a clothes shop that opened up and then closed down in the space of a year.
I couldn't have told you what replaced it though, cos since it closed there's nothing worth going into Nottingham for.
If there wasn't anything new out I'd generally come out with something for a fiver. Stuff like Arab Strap albums I hadn't already got, New Order back catalogue and where I picked up my first JAMC and My Bloody Valentine records.
Not sure what it is now, but it used to be amazing.
I liked it there..... Plastic factory and highway61 were good too
Always loved going in and the guys would be playing some kind of crazy death metal, but they were absolutely smashing fellas. They even complemented me on the Aereogramme and Adult records I got from them once. Used to love going through the racks of 7" singles as well and coming out with some random punts.
Leaving with just one record was close to impossible.
If you like them, have a listen to this!
Bye bye student loan
For a very brief moment Worthing was approaching being *quite* cool. Then it shut and Worthing returned to being the dullest place on earth.
Remember Atomic Sounds in Shoreham? For about 10 years I spent an hour in there every Monday after school..!
Random Rules only lasted for maybe 2 years at most between 07 and 09, I think? It was tucked away in those small lanes at the end of montague street so it was never going to do that well.
til I think 2003. He still does mail order.. which is just about still going.
Revolver in Bristol. I used to go in there in the early 1990s and they would record new LPs onto a blank cassette for me for £2.50 a go. Wouldn't get that in today's anti-piracy world!
nice little hole in the wall that had a great selection, for what I was after in my mid-teens anyway.
I went to school in Bury and I used to nip in all the time - I'd often starve myself at dinner (hard to believe if you could see me now) and use the money to go and buy albums. It's been a couple of years since I was last there and I only heard the other week that it had closed down in January after 30-odd years. In fact I'm not sure there are any record shops left at all in Bury now.
another one important to me was Fat City in Manchester. That place was a haven to me when I was first getting into hip-hop, but it closed a year or so ago. Now it's some wanky clothes shop or other.
I was wondering if it was doing anything for RSD and found out it closed down in January. Used to spend far too much time/money in there really. Amazing shop, just the best.
It had two locations during the time that I lived in Durham. The first was just down the hill from The Angel Inn, then it moved further down the hill just behind the Milburngate Centre. No idea what's in either of these places currently as I've not been there for a couple of years. The shop helped mold my music tastes while at university though and had a brilliant manager and friendly staff.
and the brilliant manager (Dave) works for EMI.
...but also miss Wayahead in Derby & latterly Reveal Records there too.
to reveal records in derby, used to love that place. Gutting to walk past where it used to be most weeks & look in digust as its now a shite overpriced coffee shop.
Records in Lancaster. Started small near the market, upsized, became obsessed with dance musik (stocking a billion shit white labels), eventually killed by HMV. Shop now an Oxfam.
11th Street Records. It was a little record shop before that too. Tiny Tiny shop but it was great.
They were the only independent record shop in town. Had a terrible crush on the owner's wife. Doubt I was the only one.
It's probably a tea room or a tanning salon by now.
in Cheam. The guy who ran it, Bob, used to give us next Monday's albums when they came in on a Friday and then I'd run round school going "I got the new Blur album and it's fucking brilliant!" when I'd only heard the first 3 tracks.
It was fucking brilliant though.
Ear Wax in Andover - Tiny bedroom sized record shop above a streetwear store. You could buy Stussy stuff downstairs, then head upstairs for the likes of Drive Like Jehu, Truman's Water, AC Acoustics, BMX Bandits, Jawbreaker etc
Out of Step in Leeds - (other than Shake Some Action in Croydon (also now RIP), I believe this was the first dedicated punk and hardcore record shop in the country, pre-dating Brighton's Punker Bunker and Camden' All Ages by some years.
Used to have a really good selection of stuff that was hard to get hold of elsewhere. That was very useful in the pre-being able to buy everything off Amazon days.
Sadly it closed down and is now a clothes shop or something.
Leicester still has Rock-a-Boom but I've never liked it there as much.
Long time ago, now, but definitely my fav growing up. I was, like, 12 and hooked on Bowie. And the I met Wain: (I carried Ziggy Stardust every where I went for a year.). So I'm just meeting this guy, and I ask him if he has a 10" John, I'm Only Dancing since, with Thomas Jerome Newton on the cover. No, he says, they've bee out of print for several years. ....But I've got 5 of them, I'll sell you one.
Every 12 year old ought to have a great music mentor like I had with Wain.
i forget the name mind
Mr Bongo in London
Disque and Reckless in Islington as they were right near my work
Red Hot Records (Peterborough).
Although it was a chain, I miss Andy's Records too. And the Our Price in Peterborough was run with real love - got a lot out of their recommendations.
I picked up loads of Mudhoney, Dead Kennedys, T-shirts etc. House on the Borderland was also good for a second hand vinyl and josticks.
My bro bought me some amrep vinyl from there a year ago!
records. He bought me some amrep records.
Sydney Scarborough in Hull, I can't remember how many weeks of my teenage years I spent there...
Second hand place which was ultimately pretty crap but they had some gems in there and somehow loads on noise cdrs. Managed to get first 3 Shellac lp's for 12 and a filled up Virgin Megastore loyalty card. Also signed FNM 10" which was just slipped into bag when i bought other things.
Now it's an indoor market or something along those lines.
It's still going, but just sells instruments now. Used to go in and buy import techno 12" and XL recordings tapes as a young 'un.
It's now a sandwich shop
The last independent music shop in Barnsley.
To be fair, it was probably crap but I was about 16 at the time it closed.
I have no idea what's there now. I bet they don't sell low priced britpop cds though.
It had a load of stuff you would never get elsewhere. The tapes/cdr section was amazing and there were lovely staff who would point you in the right direction and call you a ninja if you went up to the counter with something they liked. Here are some photos of the closing party/gig in the shop that was a fitting send-off!
there is a nice cafe in the same space in the building but that was there while it was still open too
I'd pretend to go to the toilet, run across the road, and pick up some truly ace and sometime random music to listen to at my desk
Happy days spent clawing through the 99p 12" bin
In Birmingham, really miss that place since it closed about a year or so ago. The Alt/punk/hardcore/metal floor was somewhere I could spend ages nosing across the shelves, and Rich who worked there got to know my tastes pretty well (to the detriment of my wallet) and was always doing the whole 'you like (insert band name) I reckon you'll like this album' cue him playing a couple of tracks of it and me more often than most handing over money.
Thankfully Rich opened up his own record store inside Oasis Markets over the road from where Tempest was, Ignite, and is still successfully making me part with my money.
Amazingly, as a 13 year old in Doncaster I could chose between Tracks, Andy's, Our Price, Woolies and Fox's when deciding where to buy the On The Ropes e.p. by The Wonder Stuff. Fox's used to have one shop for instruments and sheet music and one shop for records. Blimey.
i got into music through grungey bands, and the track records in york let me build up a musical biography for cheap, plus grabbing some rarer stuff that to this day i don't know why i bought it or where else i can get it from. i knew it was there for six months before it shut down, and it honest to god changed my life in those short six months.
i loved it.
It's role has never really been replicated by anything else.
Edinburgh is a graveyard of formally active record shops. It's not always been that way though, in fact I can remember when there were no less than 5 branches of Avalanche alone. Lost but not forgotten; Golden Oldies - Now a print shop, Hot Wax - ?, Coda (Waverley Mall) - chain clothes shop, Sweet Inspiration - A coffee shop).
A good list can be found here, many with photos of what's there now. Most of these were before my time though. (I'm 27)
Only good shop in the town. It was knocked down for a Sainsburys. However I think the writing was on the wall for them when I left the town for university and stopped spending every penny of disposable income in there. I used to ask them just to get anything by bands I loved at any given time (Beck, Babybird) and they'd order whatever they could find and keep it for me, and never minded if I'd picked it up somewhere else in the meantime. Ahhh...
(I went to Bristol uni, so agree re Revolver and Replay comments above)
owner Mike Himes actually loved music. He put his all into that shop. The best record shop I've ever been in.
So sad that the store, webstore and label have now all been laid to rest