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

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... 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 (8 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 (8 years ago) Permalink

Oh I know that Marcello, but slippery slope innit?

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:23 (8 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 (8 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 (8 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 (8 years ago) Permalink

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

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:31 (8 years ago) Permalink

the mainstream should be terminated.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:32 (8 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 (8 years ago) Permalink

Dammit!

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:34 (8 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 (8 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 (8 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 (8 years ago) Permalink

Fopp have got a box with the first 3 Duran Duran albums for £7. I managed to resist.

It is strange, isn't it, the Mutiny On The Buses thing? It's not like they're trying to attract a Mutiny On The Buses clientele, they just seem to be hoping that all the J. Spaceman fans are into Mutiny On The Buses as well.

Slap Her, She's French? Sounds worth a punt.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:43 (8 years ago) Permalink

I just made up the "Mutiny on the Buses" and "Slap Her, She's French" bit. Improvisation, dear boy!

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:44 (8 years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I saw that Duran box and was going to mention it to youse. It's certainly never going to be an "oh no" thread in my case.

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:45 (8 years ago) Permalink

I should have said, ""Mutiny on the Buses" and "Slap Her, She's French" or others of that stamp and kidney" perhaps

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:45 (8 years ago) Permalink

Holiday on the Buses is good.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

Likewise, I realise that the phrase "the first three Duran Duran albums for £7" is a better straight man than Ernie Wise, but please resist...

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

Sorry, Dadaismus. I am a bit slow on the uptake.

In fairness, they do have a fair smattering of "off-kilter" crap as well.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'd buy On The Buses dvds if they were that cheap! Reg varney rocks!

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Friday, 16 June 2006 12:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

I started a new job in Soho last week so I will soon be bankrupt from visiting Berwick St every lunchtime.

When did the bargain basement in Mr CD disappear? I used to find some good stuff in there occasionally. It's been 4 years since I was last working in central London, so it could have been ages ago. Was surprised to see Selectadisc gone and Sister Ray moved. Also surprised to see Reckless still there since the Camden & Islington branches shut down, figured they'd gone under or something.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Friday, 16 June 2006 12:30 (8 years ago) Permalink

where do you get all your money from, Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy?

RJG (RJG), Friday, 16 June 2006 12:31 (8 years ago) Permalink

Bargain basement in Mr. CD only disappeared recently, but it looks like they've moved the stock upstairs - or most of it. (xpost)

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 12:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

I've been deterred from buying anything out of Mister CD since the last two occasions when I did so, the security alarm went off in every other shop I subsequently entered and it was embarrassing to have my bags searched every bloody time. On both occasions it was the Mister CD CDs, so to speak, which set the alarms off.

Just a warning.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 12:34 (8 years ago) Permalink

The last thing I bought out of Mr CD was... a DVD! In fact, I've only just got (was given actually) a DVD player and it's the only DVD I've ever bought because I've realised I have no idea why anyone would want to own a DVD. (The DVD was Parliament/Funkadelic gig from 1976. £3)

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 12:38 (8 years ago) Permalink

where do you get all your money from, Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy?

Thats why i said i'd buy it if they were that cheap Not smoking or drinking makes these things affordable.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Friday, 16 June 2006 12:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

I've realised I have no idea why anyone would want to own a DVD.

wtf!

Seriously, Try Punching This Guy in the Face and See What Happens (Enrique), Friday, 16 June 2006 13:22 (8 years ago) Permalink

Neither have I, frankly.

I've never seen the point of collecting DVDs. You watch them once and put them back on the shelf.

The great thing about listening to music is that you can do other things at the time, e.g. reading or writing or cooking dinner. You can't do that with DVDs so that also puts me off them.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 13:27 (8 years ago) Permalink

I don't like watching films on video either. I suppose DVDs might be good for TV series and the like - comedies only of course.

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 13:29 (8 years ago) Permalink

Comedies and comedy films are pretty much the only thing i watch more than once apart from old Dr Who which I tape on UK Gold. I think I own about 10 dvds at most. "M" and "Goodfellas" is probably the only ones ive seen more than once. I dont even think ive watched all of the Underworld and Pavement dvds i have.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Friday, 16 June 2006 13:41 (8 years ago) Permalink

But Teh Capitalists think every man jack of us is obsessed with owning DVDs hence the fact that they are falling out of very newspaper you buy and that they have elbowed CDs to a small windswept and unloved corner of every record shop you go into (slight exaggerations of course)

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 13:46 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'm sure it'll end up being no exaggeration at all.

In which case, it's the end of the world.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 13:50 (8 years ago) Permalink

Do record shops still insist on selling mobile phones too? Our Price in Hamilton shut down after they did that. No record shops here at all now.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Friday, 16 June 2006 13:52 (8 years ago) Permalink

The Hamilton branch was among the very last to close - I think they hung on a little longer in Scotland.

Ah, for the halcyon days of Impulse Records with the sleeve of Datapanik In The Year Zero proudly displayed in its window.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 13:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

DVDs?

One way to watch "Rock and roll high school" for the seventh time without wearing the tape out.

It's the kids, Dawn, honest. They make me watch it.

(Srsly: While we had the weekend in Venice just gone, we returned home after "Aunty Mandy" had babysat, to find the R&RHS DVD on the table. "Umm, it's a bit adult, isn't it?")

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 16 June 2006 13:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

Good old Aunty Mandy.

Dr.C (Dr.C), Friday, 16 June 2006 14:04 (8 years ago) Permalink

(That's their AM, i.e. my sister..)

Apparently:

AM: "You OK to watch this?"
Amber: "Oh yeah, we watch this all the time."
AM: "It's a bit rude, isn't it?"
Amber: "Well, we don't actually repeat any of it, so it's OK"

See, Amber rules too.

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 16 June 2006 14:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

The great thing about listening to music is that you can do other things at the time, e.g. reading or writing or cooking dinner. You can't do that with DVDs so that also puts me off them.

you can't do it with sex either.

dvds >>>>>> cinema

Seriously, Try Punching This Guy in the Face and See What Happens (Enrique), Friday, 16 June 2006 14:07 (8 years ago) Permalink

Oh you're at it now

Il mio nome e' Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 June 2006 14:09 (8 years ago) Permalink

Marcello, Impulse was gone by the late 90s. I used to love getting 99p 7" singles and cd singles from there. Albums were expensive unless they got them from the reps. But they did stock vinyl.
Saturday afternoon was a nightmare in there though because all the kids went in and asked to hear the happy hardcore 12"s and tapes from the rez.

WH Smiths only stock a handful of cds now,Woolies is shite.
Asda probably stock more cds than them all put together.
Never been in Sainsburys or the new Morrisons.

I'm surprised Asda have never moved into stocking lesser known niche genres. If they get a good reputation then people will go there. Of course that would kill off indie shops, but I doubt asda would care about that. And its not like an indie shop in Hamilton would last more than 3 months anyway.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Friday, 16 June 2006 14:13 (8 years ago) Permalink

Dadaismus was right, the DVDs are taking over Selectadisc/Sister Ray. There is a definite drop in the quality of the shopping experience there. Unless you dig vinyl, I suspect. The nearest thing I could find to "Slap Her, She's French" was "Soft Beds, Hard Landings" or something, £4.99.

Fans of Mr Bongo's Brazillian beats series might like to know that you can get 2 x 2CD boxes for £5 each. I wouldn't mind them.

Also Fopp in Covent Garden(ish) have bucked the trend, by giving over a load of DVD space to books. Or perhaps they've just moved them.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 20 June 2006 10:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

Used to go to the Hamilton Impulse too. Many a 12" single I've bought from there though as you say a bit expensive for albums. They also had a branch in Motherwell where, when I worked there (in Motherwell not Impulse), I would spend many a lunch hour (if I wasn't in Woolworths - seem to remember buying the first Bjork album in there).

Our Price was always a horribly over priced shop though I remember when I got my first grant cheque as a student going and buying 4 or 5 Beatles albums on cassette out of there.

mms (mms), Tuesday, 20 June 2006 12:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

WH Smith in the Regent Shopping Centre, back in the '70s when it was still John Menzies, used to stock jazz. I remember as a kid buying Ornette Coleman's Crisis! on Impulse - original gatefold sleeve, easily £100+ if you saw it in Intoxica! now - for £1.49 out of there. It was worth the strange and somewhat disgusted look from the ancient lady sitting behind the counter.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 20 June 2006 13:08 (8 years ago) Permalink

It's never been reissued on CD either.

I bought it because I'd heard Bryce Curdy playing "Song For Che" on Radio Clyde the previous evening!

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 20 June 2006 13:09 (8 years ago) Permalink

Nuggets ("new" one CD version of "old" 2LP version) going for £5 in Fopp.

Also, Waitrose Movement for a fiver but I resisted.

£5 is the same price as 10 Bounty bars, plus 10p.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Monday, 26 June 2006 11:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

Bryce Curdy. Dear lord thats a blast from the past.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Monday, 26 June 2006 11:40 (8 years ago) Permalink

Are we all aware of the new Fopp shop opening where Purves and Purves used to be then kids?

DANGER NOW

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Lucretia My Reflection), Monday, 26 June 2006 12:07 (8 years ago) Permalink

how now is soon?

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Monday, 26 June 2006 12:10 (8 years ago) Permalink

Well the ads for baristas are now up! :)

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Lucretia My Reflection), Monday, 26 June 2006 12:44 (8 years ago) Permalink


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