Oh, Monseur le Fopp, you are really spoiling us...

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Marcello, how far did you get with the Bob Dylan box, as mentioned above?

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 08:34 (7 years ago) Permalink

Currently I am stuck at a Self Portrait impasse.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 08:36 (7 years ago) Permalink

Quite like that one. Didn't like the "Basement Tapes" so much. I'm jolly bonkers.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 08:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

Not so bonkers, "Self Portrait" is one of the only Dylan albums I've ever listened to with any enjoyment

Who Are You... The Nerve... I Wanna Get Out, I Wanna Get Out (Dada), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 08:39 (7 years ago) Permalink

Self Portrait is all right, but New Morning is a bit of a drag. Not looking forward to the Mark Knopfler Years either.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 08:40 (7 years ago) Permalink

The album that started this thread, Nick Drake whatever it's called, is now £6 in Fopp. Not quite a fiver, but low enough to keep us all on tenterhooks.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Monday, 12 June 2006 07:45 (7 years ago) Permalink

I dealt at £7. Noel would have consoled.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 13 June 2006 08:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

You...were...one...ounce...short...of...self...belief.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 13 June 2006 08:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

fopp have a great angle though, you always think your getting a bargain when 75% of the time you arent

secondhandnews (secondhandnews), Tuesday, 13 June 2006 21:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

i bought the new JPod thing by douglas coupland there the other day for £9 quid only to see it cheaper in borders about 100m down the road. so yes.

koogy wonderland (koogs), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 08:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

Well, in that respect, yes.

But also, you end up buying stuff you'd never consider otherwwise, as it's cheap enough to take a punt, and nine times out of ten it's inessential.

But, I did play those Kevin Ayers albums a fair bit. So, yes.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 08:35 (7 years ago) Permalink

Fopp are the Tescos of music.

It was never like this in the early days when they were just a stall in the Savoy Centre in Glasgow (when they were still called A-One Sounds) and the owner used to enthuse endlessly about Arthur Blythe and George Russell.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 08:38 (7 years ago) Permalink

Suck It And See gets the thumbs up though - I don't think anywhere else will give you your money back if your punt does turn out to be inessential, no questions asked.

Well, one question asked, usually.

Was that the place with a Tupperware box for the fanzine money?

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 08:44 (7 years ago) Permalink

Incidentally, if Virgin Megastores wish to retain my custom, they would do well NOT to ask me that bloody question "Did you find everything you were looking for?" at the till. "No, actually I was looking for Tacky Souvenirs Of Pre-Revolutionary America by Culturcide but failed to find it sandwiched between your generous quantity of discounted Cult and Culture Club CDs." "??????"

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 08:53 (7 years ago) Permalink

Hmm, the Reading branch is closed for a 'major refit', i.e. will have been closed 6 months when it reopens.

I remember when the old megastore closed in London, similarly, and from being a 'postpunk den' into the streamlined sales point it is now.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 09:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

haha yeah marcello, got asked that selfsame quest in the megabore a few weeks ago - i wanted to say "no becos yr selection of noise and free jazz is poxy to the max" but didn't cos a) it is not retail slave's fault and b) i had just found a musica transonic alb on PSF for £3.99 in their sale so was reasonably 'happy'

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 10:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

tescos is the tescos of music.

Seriously, Try Punching This Guy in the Face and See What Happens (Enrique), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 10:16 (7 years ago) Permalink

tescos is the tescos of tescos

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 13:13 (7 years ago) Permalink

wimbledon is wimbledon and that's what makes it wimbledon

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 13:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

new Fopp opening 222 tottenham court road. London

dunno when...

thats up by Habitat and Heals, looks pretty big, although I hope they dont try to put a cafe in it lke they did with the edinburgh rose st. one.

danny boy (danny boy), Thursday, 15 June 2006 13:34 (7 years ago) Permalink

So Fopp are the Starbucks of music then (that'll be that furniture shop that's been closing down for the last six months then).

I don't suppose that record stall round the back of Goodge Street will be there much longer after it's opened.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 15 June 2006 13:38 (7 years ago) Permalink

I think that record stall round the back of Goodge Street is already gone, haven't seen it months

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 10:58 (7 years ago) Permalink

New one in Oxford too. Where Massive Records, home of staggeringly expensive vinyl, used to be.

caek (caek), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

new Fopp opening 222 tottenham court road. London
dunno when...

thats up by Habitat and Heals, looks pretty big, although I hope they dont try to put a cafe in it lke they did with the edinburgh rose st. one.


-- danny boy (daniel__hamilto...), June 15th, 2006.

hurrah!

MC -- what part of cheap cds don't you like? what should a record shop do? sell them moer expensively? i don't get the beef.

Seriously, Try Punching This Guy in the Face and See What Happens (Enrique), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yes, where Massive Records, home of specialist vinyl - and CDs - you couldn't get anywhere else in Oxford, used to be.

That answer your question, Henry?

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:06 (7 years ago) Permalink

Everyone sells CDs cheaply these days

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

Rough Trade shop to thread.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

not really, given that they're going for two completely different markets. specialist record shops were closing before fopp came along -- i think *every* specialist shop in cambridge did.

xpost

maybe, but fopp has super-cheap stuff.

Seriously, Try Punching This Guy in the Face and See What Happens (Enrique), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

Ray's Jazz Shop to thread.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

never bought a single record from massive in six years of going there.

Seriously, Try Punching This Guy in the Face and See What Happens (Enrique), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

Rather depressingly, I note that Selectadisc has started selling DVDs, shunting the cheap CDs out of the way so all us of google-eyed cineastes can get a better view of their £4.99 copies of "Mutiny On the Buses" et al.

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:11 (7 years ago) Permalink

maybe, but fopp has super-cheap stuff.

Have you been to HMV lately?

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

The same, mainstream back catalogue can't-shift super-cheap stuff as well!

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:13 (7 years ago) Permalink

Er, Selectadisc?

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

x-post

I saw Massive Records had closed when I was last in Oxford, which I think is a shame- they did have a huge range of dance stuff, and it was a big draw for DJs all over the south of England. No web presence any more apparently. That second hand place the other side of Gloucester Green will be next to go.

Neil Stewart (Neil Stewart), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

If Avid falls, Oxford falls!

(also if it goes it will remove my last excuse for visiting Oxford city centre)

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:16 (7 years ago) Permalink

Selectadisc. Yes that place that was taken over by Sister Ray with the promise that the takeover would not change their policy vis a vis the stock they bought and sold.

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:17 (7 years ago) Permalink

... and where you can now buy "Slap Her, She's French" on DVD for £2.99!

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:18 (7 years ago) Permalink

They seem to have kept their promise so far. Now you can get lots of super-cheap stuff in the racks at SelectaRay but they have a far WIDER RANGE of stock which couldn't be sustained by chainstores. Take a look in any HMV other than the one in Oxford Circus and you'll see what I mean.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

Oh I know that Marcello, but slippery slope innit?

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

Then the streets of our town will be a pallid parade of identikit chains selling the same forty CDs BUT AT LEAST THEY'RE SUPER-CHEAP

in which event I shall have no option but to retire to my yellowing spines and ruefully golden memories of days of plenty.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

"The whole world as Mister CD?"
"That is my hope. What's yours?"
"I'd like to be the first man on the moon."
"HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA" etc.

(McGoohan/McKern, p.p. MC)

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

i am terminally mainstream. bring on the £5 double-discs of 'collateral'!

Seriously, Try Punching This Guy in the Face and See What Happens (Enrique), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

Just bought "Beta band" best of 2CD for £5.

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

the mainstream should be terminated.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:32 (7 years ago) Permalink

no gags about beta band best of 2cd lucky to fill half of one cd etc plz.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:33 (7 years ago) Permalink

Dammit!

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:34 (7 years ago) Permalink

selectadisc pre-sister ray sold DVDs too - they've been in the store for at least two years (on the back right-hand side of the shop, maybe they've moved them to a more prominent position recently!) but again - most of the cheap DVDs sold by selectadisc are as cheap (or cheaper) in the HMV Oxford Circus

haha xpost i was also searching for that beta band 'gag'

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

Well, the 2nd CD is a live gig, so I guess yr OTM.

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

maybe they've moved them to a more prominent position recently!

As I said, they've been moved to be more in-yer-face in line with modern retail torture, sorry, techniques

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:42 (7 years ago) Permalink


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