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

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You know, I'm prepared to wait (I think) for most things to go to Fopp or whoever to be sold for £5.

Current one: the new Nick Drake CD.

Am I a stingygit? Or what stuff you waiting for the price to drop to nowt much?

mark grout (mark grout), Sunday, 23 May 2004 17:49 (fifteen years ago) link

bo.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 15:29 (fifteen years ago) link

air's 'talkie walkie' immediately springs to mind. i shall probably cave in when that makes the £7 racks tho'

zebedee (zebedee), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 15:35 (fifteen years ago) link

Scissor Sisters album... the newer Goldfrapp one (was very impressed by that re-released single a week or two back, and the debut is already @ a fiver), and probably much else, if I had the time to think longer. :)

Tom May (Tom May), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 20:00 (fifteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
13th Floor Elevators.

"The psychedelic sounds of" and "Easter Everywhere"

With extra tracks and booklet, etc. £5 each.

Oh, and the first two Suicide CD sets, also £5.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 09:56 (fourteen years ago) link

Woo, where is there a Fopp in London? Is there one near Berwick St? I've only been to the Reading one. I want that Psychedelic Sounds and the 2nd Suicide album!

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 12:11 (fourteen years ago) link

I didn't even know there was a Reading one! Where's that then?

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 12:14 (fourteen years ago) link

There's one in Covent Garden, I believe.

xpost Stewaaart! Next to the old co-op which is now Primark. Across the road from the old "Captain's Cabin"

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 12:15 (fourteen years ago) link

not music, but miller's crossing director's cut in a fancy package is £7 in the manc one.

piscesboy, Wednesday, 6 April 2005 12:30 (fourteen years ago) link

I didn't know Primark had been a Co-Op. It must have been good.

I got the Suicide ones from Fopp in Reading.

The staff are a bit miserable in the London one (which is at the bottom of the upper part of Shaftesbury Avenue - more or less Covent Garden - next to Charing Cross Road).

PJ Miller (PJ Miller), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 12:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Maaaaark! That's West Street isn't it? Haven't been down there for years.... in fact I don't think I've beem into Reading at all this year so far.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 12:40 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...
haha go! team: last week £7, couldn't give it away. this week: £10, probably selling bucketloads

zebedee (zebedee), Thursday, 28 July 2005 10:39 (fourteen years ago) link

if it wins the mercury - back up to £15.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 28 July 2005 10:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Heh, I did get those Nick Drake CD's that were mentioned uptop. For seven quid, so there yer go...

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 28 July 2005 10:46 (fourteen years ago) link

£7! Daylite robbery!

Dadaismus (Dada), Thursday, 28 July 2005 10:49 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't go to Fopp much, but the last things I bought there were probably the Very Best of Chas and Dave (£7) and Mike Westbrook's Solid Gold Cadillac/Brain Damage (£3). The woman at the counter gave me a very odd look, even after I'd explained that several musicians appeared on both records, at which stage the look became distinctly odder.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 28 July 2005 10:51 (fourteen years ago) link

The FOPP in Cambridge Circus has a weird air of expectancy about it, a treasure trove vibe, pregnant with bargain must-haves. Just approaching it you can feel the money in your pocket working itself loose, I don't get this from Selectadisc, is it just me?

mzui (mzui), Thursday, 28 July 2005 11:23 (fourteen years ago) link

cannibalism double vinyl £7.

no other shop comes even close.

but Im old enough to remember the 3 dance 12"'s for a fiver period.

danny boy, Thursday, 28 July 2005 11:25 (fourteen years ago) link

When I first moved to London I remember telling people about the FOPPs of Glasgow and Edinburgh and they could scarce believe it

Dadaismus (Dada), Thursday, 28 July 2005 11:28 (fourteen years ago) link

(xpost x 2)

Curiously, I tend to feel exactly the reverse, probably 'cos Selectadisc has an infinitely wider range of stock and overall lower prices (i.e. lots of £4.99s, virtually no £15s).

The original Fopp shop in Renfield Street was a splendid place, even if Gordon the owner insisted on calling me "George Russell" every time I came in.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 28 July 2005 11:29 (fourteen years ago) link

Note to self: Go music shopping with Marcello Carlin.

Hari A$hur$t (Toaster), Thursday, 28 July 2005 11:30 (fourteen years ago) link

was it called A1 sounds at that point?

xp

jed_ (jed), Thursday, 28 July 2005 11:30 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh yes, Selectadisc, £2.99 for Pharoah Sanders' "Izipho Zam"??!?!!?

Dadaismus (Dada), Thursday, 28 July 2005 11:45 (fourteen years ago) link

They shared space in the Savoy Centre for a bit but A1 Sounds stayed there and was a separate shop, more indie-orientated.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 28 July 2005 11:54 (fourteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
The "Tommy" Collectors 2DVD set, £5. Reading fopp.

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 19 August 2005 12:31 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Glasgow, Union St:

Bunch of lovely jazz and soul vinyl for £5 and £7!

Mingus - Oh yeah! and Blues and Roots for £5 each

Coltrane - Ole and Coltrane's Sound (most underrated according to AMG) £5 each

Also Meters, Betty Davis, Curtis et al for £7. Fopp used to be great for cheap classic vinyl but it dropped off for a while. Happy days are here again.

Only bought Oh Yeah today, but shall pick up a few of these soon.

Also on CD for £3 - Fall, Replacements, Meat Puppets. :)

Stew (stew s), Monday, 3 October 2005 11:12 (thirteen years ago) link

The Fopp in Cardiff has become a regular haunt of mine, just enough time in my half hour lunch break to walk to Fopp, check out what's cheap, purchase as necessary, and walk back to work again a more cheerful soul. Recent purchases have included those RT "Post Punk" and "Indie" dbl CDs, "Horses", "Correct use of soap", "Metal box", "A ghost is born", "Hurdy gurdy man", "Aw C'mon/No you c'mon" for a fiver each, plus in their ridiculous £3 bin that recent Neil Young greatest hits CD. Cardiff has just realised that they should really be selling more CDs and changed their upstairs into more music rather than books and videos. It helps a lot.

Mind you, the MVC in Newport has been selling ridiculous records for silly money this last month - "The trip" (both Tom Middleton and St Etienne) for £4, "Produced by Trevor Horn" for the same, "Only Yazoo" and "Hot shots II" for £2...

Rob M (Rob M), Monday, 3 October 2005 12:59 (thirteen years ago) link

I went to Fopp on Union St today and the Franzferdinandiness overwhelmed me. I had to leave.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Monday, 3 October 2005 13:05 (thirteen years ago) link

I went to Fopp on King St Nottingham today and the Franzferdinandiness overwhelmed me. I had to buy it. (Tenner.)

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Monday, 3 October 2005 13:07 (thirteen years ago) link

I went to HMV in the Oracle, Reading today and the Franzferdinandiness underwhelmed me. I did not buy it.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 3 October 2005 13:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I went to HMV in London's busy Oxford Circus yesterday and the Franzferdinandiness bypassed me entirely, like a Stobart truck weaving its way through Irlam when I'm at Scotch Corner. I bought several albums, but not that one, as I had already been sent a copy. Perhaps one of these days I will listen to it.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 05:55 (thirteen years ago) link

New Franz is heaps of fun actually. First three songs are marvellous but it does run out of steam somewhat. There's some filler on there, but its better played and better produced than the filler on the debut. And I'm starting to like the 60s pop stylings. Walk Away is like the Sparks go Merseybeat. Well, kinda.
That said, I got sent a copy too, so I don't know if I would have bought it...

Stew (stew s), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 08:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Monsieur Fopp has redesigned his shops in London and Reading. They are better, I have to say.

I go the complete Spritualized vol. 2, which I was quite pleased about because I had been waiting for it to come down to a fiver. Then I listened to it and I was not so pleased.

There was quite a lot of good stuff going cheap, I may have to go back and have another look.

Advantage of Fopp over Selectadisc: you can take stuff back if you don't like it, or if you are a tightarse.

I am more overwhelmed by Bob Dylanism than Franz Ferdinandness these days.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 10:08 (thirteen years ago) link

There was a set of the complete works of Bob Dylan - 40 CDs - on sale in HMV last week for £75. I purchased a copy in order to try to educate myself more fully in the art of Bob Dylanism. Was this money wisely spent?

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 10:10 (thirteen years ago) link

You tell us

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 10:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Wouldn't know, I haven't managed to listen to all 40 CDs as yet.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 10:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Was this a for real? or one of their "Get in the queue first and get one, five only from HMV Oxford Street" offers?

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 10:21 (thirteen years ago) link

Well I wouldn't have thought so! (xpost)

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 10:22 (thirteen years ago) link

The latter. I stopped off on my way to work. There didn't seem much in the way of a queue.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 10:35 (thirteen years ago) link

ach, the number of these I was never "going in to work" early enough for, when I worked in EC1.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 11:53 (thirteen years ago) link

It sounds like an excellent bargain to me.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 12:10 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Fopp have Twin Peaks Series 1 for £15.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Monday, 24 October 2005 13:24 (thirteen years ago) link

I have never been in Fopp.

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Monday, 24 October 2005 13:47 (thirteen years ago) link

You should go, one day. It is not far from your bus route, which will be bendy-only as from Friday, I see. Other than that, you are not missing much. I only went because I found £20 on Sunday and thought it might disappear in a puff of smoke if I didn't spend it quickly. I regret having spent it though. The digipak trays are loose on the Twin peaks set, which annoys me, and Lou Reed NYC Man is at least half rubbish.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 06:24 (thirteen years ago) link

Loose digipak trays? The boycott starts HERE!

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 07:12 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, I got that NYC man set, and realise now I didn't actually need it, after having it sat here unplayed for three months. Along with that Neil Young "Decade" set and the Prince/Symbol "Emancipation" thingy.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 07:12 (thirteen years ago) link

I have had loose digipak trays before and they are impossible to stick back on. This may be the root of the problem in the first place. The reason I am am a bit miffed is because I like to watch things and then sell them mint condition, innit, preferably for more than I paid. Now, that option is closed to me.

I can still take NYC Man back, being within my Sucker And See period.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 07:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Has the "New Answers" Page died?

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 08:10 (thirteen years ago) link

ach, no, it's just VERY quiet. half term, I guess.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 08:11 (thirteen years ago) link

i got 'the godfather' trilogy box in sainsburys for £15.

Theorry Henry (Enrique), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 08:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Cor!

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 08:29 (thirteen years ago) link

I borrowed that Twin Peaks set off someone in anticipation of purchasing a DVD player and now I finally have a DVD player so I went to watch it and in the intervening time the trays have come loose!

What am I to DO? It'll look like I've abused the lend something chronic.

Tim (Tim), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 08:50 (thirteen years ago) link

You can hardly be blamed, Tim. It is obvioulsy poorly designed packaging. Not that this will get you off the hook, mind.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 08:53 (thirteen years ago) link

I think i'll have to take a trip to Cockburn or Rose St for a gander at the bargains.

leigh (leigh), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 08:56 (thirteen years ago) link

my sopranos trays are a bit rub like that. would a dollop of glue do it?

Theorry Henry (Enrique), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 09:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Why don't you give it a go, and let me know how well it works before I return these to the lawyer who owns them?

Tim (Tim), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 09:15 (thirteen years ago) link

er, ok.

Theorry Henry (Enrique), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 09:19 (thirteen years ago) link

I have given it a go with a previous digipak tray disaster. Glue was no help at all, because the surface area of the tray that actually makes contact with the cardboard is very small and fiddly. All that happens is your tray gets semgged up with glue.

Of course, I might just be a big spazz.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 10:01 (thirteen years ago) link

i think i would fail in a similar way.

Theorry Henry (Enrique), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 10:07 (thirteen years ago) link

four months pass...
Justin Timberlake's Justified, Outkast's Speakerboxx/Love Below and R Kelly's Happy People... all £3 at the Cockburn Street Fopp in Edinburgh... (!) I've been considering stocking up to give to people for gifts but none of my friends like anything except the Outkast.

sean gramophone (Sean M), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 11:39 (thirteen years ago) link

There's a new FOPP in Camden too

Rotatey Diskers With Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 11:41 (thirteen years ago) link

whereabouts?

The Man Without Shadow (Enrique), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 11:45 (thirteen years ago) link

not that i'd, you know, go to camden.

The Man Without Shadow (Enrique), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 11:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Just by the lock, next to Vinyl Exchange.

Neil Stewart (Neil Stewart), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 11:48 (thirteen years ago) link

I think it's bigger than the one in town

Rotatey Diskers With Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 11:49 (thirteen years ago) link

ooh, i might go to camden!

The Man Without Shadow (Enrique), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 11:50 (thirteen years ago) link

A Brighton branch opened up a couple of months back too, which I can see putting the squeeze on a few of the smaller record stores in town. And on my bank account too, I shouldn't wonder.

NickB (NickB), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 11:54 (thirteen years ago) link

I might go to Fopp later on.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 12:09 (thirteen years ago) link

The Virgin Megastore in Reading has closed.

It was 100 metres from Fopp.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 12:31 (thirteen years ago) link

The New Camden Fopp is on my walk to the bus stop in the evening, thus I have spent over £50 there in the last 2 days (on twee DVDs though, so Vinyl Exchange can relax).

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 13:07 (thirteen years ago) link

Hopefully the appalling branch of Virgin in Camden will close now too.

Matt #2 (Matt #2), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 13:08 (thirteen years ago) link

I want them to open one in Dalston.

Sororah T Massacre (blueski), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 13:11 (thirteen years ago) link

(on tweenies DVDs though, so Vinyl Exchange can relax)

Yeah, I saw they had some for £3 the other week, but Fifi and the Flowertots is still full price.

Can you confirm that it is bigger than the Shaftesbury Avenue branch, Jerry?

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 14:18 (thirteen years ago) link

It's on three floors, but roughly the same size I would say.

For the record, the DVDs were the no less twee: 'Kiki's delivery service', 'Laputa' and the Boosh box.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 14:25 (thirteen years ago) link

new one in Chiswick High Road too - much needed I should add

pretty small and cramped tho

zebedee (zebedee), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 20:03 (thirteen years ago) link

...but better than the spacious Music Zone that took over from MVC down the road.

avery keen-gardner (avery keen-gardner), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 02:25 (thirteen years ago) link

I will always love MVC, for selling me the Faust box for £2 (twice), and the Nirvana 'lights out' one for £20.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 09:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Maidenhead MVC has also become Music Zone. They have the second Werner Herzog box for a tenner. Hmm.

I got a film called Tarnation from Fopp for a fiver. I am quite pleased with my purchase.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 10:44 (thirteen years ago) link

I work just down the road from teh Chiswick Fopp! The Music Zone is shite. I got a load of bargains from MVC before it closed though.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 1 March 2006 13:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Okay: so what's on your fopping shopping list at the moment?

NickB (NickB), Thursday, 9 March 2006 10:24 (thirteen years ago) link

Plenty. But nothing I can actually purchase at Fopp.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 9 March 2006 10:36 (thirteen years ago) link

Cravings for cheap back-catalogue are a weakness I am often powerless to overcome. That and nowhere else being open round here by the time I finish work.

NickB (NickB), Thursday, 9 March 2006 10:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Currently I have a craving for the Laguna Tunes compilation which I can't even find in Oxford Circus HMV, never mind Fopp.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 9 March 2006 10:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Laguna Tunes - I don't know what that is, but it makes me think of Slim Gaillard ovootie oroonie.

NickB (NickB), Thursday, 9 March 2006 10:53 (thirteen years ago) link

It's this one. Admittedly it is an import-only job and came out six years ago, but the original American version (with vocals!) of "Groovin' With Mr Bloe" in particular I've been after for ages, and this is the only CD wot's got it.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 9 March 2006 10:56 (thirteen years ago) link

ah but "NO INSERTS - JUST CD!" I like to have the sleeve and booklet and things. Thanks anyway...it's the sort of thing which is sometimes apt to turn up unexpectedly in the racks at Reckless for £5.99.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 9 March 2006 11:01 (thirteen years ago) link

I bought Odetta Sings Dylan for a fiver. Money well spent.

sean gramophone (Sean M), Thursday, 9 March 2006 11:02 (thirteen years ago) link

I recently picked up Kevin Rowland's The Wanderer on CD for 50p and still felt I'd been overcharged!

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 9 March 2006 11:10 (thirteen years ago) link

taking sides: Camden

2000: Tower & Rhythm Records

Vs

2006: Virgin & Fopp

DJ Martian (djmartian), Thursday, 9 March 2006 11:19 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
Cure remasters for £6 a pop. Oh yes. I only got Seventeen Seconds and Faith, but still.

STOP! Time Thief! (kate), Saturday, 1 April 2006 12:33 (thirteen years ago) link

Are those the stingy single-disc versions, or the full-on deluxe jobbies?

kit brash (kit brash), Sunday, 2 April 2006 01:03 (thirteen years ago) link

It can't be,surely.

mark grout (mark grout), Sunday, 2 April 2006 17:21 (thirteen years ago) link

It's the stingy single-disc versions in the Dundee store, don't know about anywhere else.

Michael Lambert (Michael Lambert), Sunday, 2 April 2006 19:22 (thirteen years ago) link

hardly worth the effort, then

kit brash (kit brash), Monday, 3 April 2006 04:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Citizen Kane cleanedupdigitalremasterspecialedition!!!! For a fiver!!!!!!!!!!

Yay!!!!!

Old Fart!!! (oldfart_sd), Monday, 3 April 2006 08:45 (thirteen years ago) link

I am disappointed by the recent £6 development.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Monday, 3 April 2006 09:49 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...
seen in Camden Fopp.

All old Can Remasters £8.
The new Can Remasters £10

you wont find cheaper. *Fact*

danny boy (danny boy), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 07:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Hmm, tempting to the extreme! Which should I go for? Are the new remasters that much better?

Neil Stewart (Neil Stewart), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 07:35 (thirteen years ago) link

All new Can remasters £7.99 in HMV.

I did find cheaper. *Fact*

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 07:41 (thirteen years ago) link

A penny for your thought there.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 07:48 (thirteen years ago) link

you wont find cheaper (and support smaller record shops)

£7.99? gonna check this out at lunchtime.


danny boy (danny boy), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 07:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Do not feed the illiterate troll.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 07:53 (thirteen years ago) link

All new Can remasters £7.99 in HMV.

holy fuck i'm there.

i reckon amazon ain't much more expensive though.

Enrique IX: The Mediator (Enrique), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 07:56 (thirteen years ago) link

the Fopp in Covent Garden/Seven Dials seems to have gone downhill in the last six months - nothing there you won't find for the same price (or cheaper, as Marcello points out) in HMV

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 08:03 (thirteen years ago) link

All new Can remasters £7.99 in HMV

That means they'll be £4.99 in a month or two

Who Are You... The Nerve... I Wanna Get Out, I Wanna Get Out (Dada), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 08:05 (thirteen years ago) link

The Brighton one has gone a bit more expensive too in the last few months. I'd assumed that this was cos their local rival in the cheapo market (Essential Music) had shut down after thriving until Fopp moved into town (it's nice to think that Fopp forces HMV etc to close, but more than likely it's local independent places that suffer worst). But maybe it's a national pricing thing instead then?

x-post

NickB (NickB), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 08:08 (thirteen years ago) link

dada -- y'think? they non-remasters *never* came beneath a tenner.

Enrique IX: The Mediator (Enrique), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 08:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Essential Music gone? Jesus...

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 08:17 (thirteen years ago) link

dada -- y'think? they non-remasters *never* came beneath a tenner

And they never got down to £7.99 either

Who Are You... The Nerve... I Wanna Get Out, I Wanna Get Out (Dada), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 08:25 (thirteen years ago) link

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

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 08:34 (thirteen years ago) link

Currently I am stuck at a Self Portrait impasse.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 6 June 2006 08:36 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

I dealt at £7. Noel would have consoled.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 13 June 2006 08:12 (thirteen years ago) link

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

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 13 June 2006 08:25 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

tescos is the tescos of tescos

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 13:13 (thirteen years ago) link

wimbledon is wimbledon and that's what makes it wimbledon

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 13:37 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

caek (caek), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:01 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

Everyone sells CDs cheaply these days

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

Rough Trade shop to thread.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:09 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

Ray's Jazz Shop to thread.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:10 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Er, Selectadisc?

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:14 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

... 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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh I know that Marcello, but slippery slope innit?

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

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 (thirteen years ago) link

"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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:31 (thirteen years ago) link

the mainstream should be terminated.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:32 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

Dammit!

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

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:41 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

Holiday on the Buses is good.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Friday, 16 June 2006 11:54 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

RJG (RJG), Friday, 16 June 2006 12:31 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

Good old Aunty Mandy.

Dr.C (Dr.C), Friday, 16 June 2006 14:04 (thirteen years ago) link

(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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh you're at it now

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

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

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

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

http://static.flickr.com/72/167695655_a871bc3a6f.jpg

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

how now is soon?

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Monday, 26 June 2006 12:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Well the ads for baristas are now up! :)

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


Jeez! Impulse in ML1 - many a lunch hour also spent in there when I was at High School. Pretty sure they had David Live for £22 around 1994 which was an extrordinary amount of money for 13 year old me to even consider paying then.

JohnFoxxsJuno (JohnFoxxsJuno), Monday, 26 June 2006 13:05 (thirteen years ago) link

Cafe! Is this TCR, Bhumibol?

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Monday, 26 June 2006 13:19 (thirteen years ago) link

The Hamilton representation on ILM is startling.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 26 June 2006 13:26 (thirteen years ago) link

It's academic.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 26 June 2006 13:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Most recent Sub Pop releases now £6!

Ned Beauman (NedBeauman), Monday, 26 June 2006 14:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Old Grey Whistle Test Vol 1, 2DVD for a fiver! Nice. Especially when the single disc vols 2&3 are £20 each.
There is some terrible 70s rock nonsense on it, and a highly unwelcome dose of Simply Red, but it's largely very good indeed, with some extraordinary performances from New York Dolls ("mock rock" quips a condescending Bob Harris afterwards), Tim Buckley, SAHB, Emmylou Harris, Bill Withers, Robert Wyatt and PIL (You can't help but agree with Annie Nightingale that Careering is one of the great Whistle Test performances). The shambolic Damned clip is gold.

Stew (stew s), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 18:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Fiver? Righto, I'm there lunchtime.

Is this thing on?

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 08:12 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, it wasn't a fiver in the Reading branch, anyway.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 12:20 (thirteen years ago) link

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

Sold out in Fopp on Cambridge circus AND it's a tenner anyway. I've been 'ad.

Jamie T Smith (Jamie T Smith), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 12:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Saw it in reading, fiver, confirmed.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 13:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Old Grey Whistle Test Vol 1, 2DVD for a fiver!

Is this the one with Focus and Judee Sill on it?

¡Vamos a matar, Dadaismus! (Dada), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 13:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Edinburgh has the Nuggets CD for a £5 too. Bargain. Got the boxset though so didn't have the joy of buying it sadly.

mms (mms), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 14:13 (thirteen years ago) link

The Hamilton representation on ILM is startling.

ML1 is Motherwell *Boo Hiss etc*

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 14:16 (thirteen years ago) link

Edinburgh has the Nuggets CD for a £5 too. Bargain. Got the boxset though so didn't have the joy of buying it sadly.

I bought that box set from Tower in glasgow on import before it got a UK release. Paid about £45-50 i think. Was well worth it though.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 14:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Presume that was back in the day when Tower was really good. Used to have lots of import stuff. Worth reiterating that it's £5 for the single disc original Nuggets and not for the 4CD boxset which would indeed be the best bargain ever.

Oh and ML9 was the place to be (not)

mms (mms), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 14:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Went into the Glasgow Union St Fopp today to look for Nuggets but couldn't see it amongst the new releases. May be sold out...
However, I did chance across their £3 bargain racks and picked up Ivor Cutler's An Elpee and Two Epees and the Chess psych soul and funky grooves comp (Rotary Connection, Solomon Burke - nice). When I get paid on Friday I shall return for the Astrud Gilberto and Avro Part albums.
Think this was just a store clearout, but no harm looking elsewhere. Was separate to their standard £3 section with Outkast, Kylie etc. #

Dadaismus: The Whistle Test dvd has Focus, but not Judee Sill. Think she's on the second one. Happily, the clip is on youtube. Voila:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM3EQVUkMzc

Stew (stew s), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 18:06 (thirteen years ago) link

man that ivor cutler disc is TREMENDOUS value for money - all his early hits ('gruts', 'eggmeat') and the originals are well scarce

the loss of derek bailey and ivor cutler seems to DEEPEN over time - i think i finally understanding what 'irreplaceable' means

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 18:33 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes, I was very chuffed. Best ever bargain was in the Virgin 3.99 sale earlier in the year. In the Chester store I picked up the James Chance boxset for 3.99. That's worth like 35-40 quid normally!

Stew (stew s), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 18:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah it was ten years ago maybe?,i cant remember exactly when it came out Back when Tower had a fantastic funk and soul section. Picked up some great albums there on the recommendation of Andy who worked on the funk/soul floor. Bought all my funk vinyl from there and FOPP(who licensed it all) up in the west end. Tower more or less died when FOPP opened round the corner. Although it had went downhill before that when they cut back on specialist stuff, which for me was the lifeblood of the store as anything other shops had tended to be far cheaper than Tower.
Missing went downhill around then too.

Does anyone go up the barras now? I havent been up there since about 1998. Used to get some great bootlegs from the barras and there was always plenty of cheap cds/vinyl too.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 19:33 (thirteen years ago) link

i went to the barras on my first visit to glasgow abt a year or so ago - pretty dispiriting - lotsa shitty bootleg dvds of the latest big movies, overpriced junk, 1980s bob dylan bootlegs, not real bargains that i cld spot and im normally a gd spotter

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 19:40 (thirteen years ago) link

It used to be great. But I just don't feel the need to go there now just for bootlegs(live) as i can just download them now for free.
I've never bought pirate cds or dvds ever.

Did someone try to sell you ciggies or tobacco every 10 yards?

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 19:44 (thirteen years ago) link

not that i recall but it was all a giddy blur

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 28 June 2006 19:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Monsieur Le Fopp is hosting "Ron Sexsmith" this afternoon/evening, I think. The "Covent Garden" store. I shall be home by then though.

It was definitely a fiver, Nuggets. I haven't had nobody, me.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Friday, 30 June 2006 11:02 (thirteen years ago) link

i bought this shitty 'nuggets from nuggets' thing, like 20 out of the original 28. i was confused and stuff.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Friday, 30 June 2006 11:04 (thirteen years ago) link

"Nuggets from Nuggets" is 20 from the 4CD box, not the orig 28.

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 30 June 2006 11:21 (thirteen years ago) link

Freakish and bizarre.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Friday, 30 June 2006 11:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Is the new/old one the same as disc one of the four disc version?

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Friday, 30 June 2006 12:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes.

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 30 June 2006 12:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Hmm.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Friday, 30 June 2006 12:17 (thirteen years ago) link

the new one is the old one is the one from the 70s. the four disc one is for retro bores circa 1998.

mine is the worst of all three worlds.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Friday, 30 June 2006 12:18 (thirteen years ago) link

so long as its got 'nobody but me' by the human beinz you can't go too far wrong

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Friday, 30 June 2006 12:32 (thirteen years ago) link

dunno it's all boys with guitars innit.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Friday, 30 June 2006 12:37 (thirteen years ago) link

I am a retro bore, but I keep trying to get it for free and ending up with EGG ON MY FACE.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Friday, 30 June 2006 12:37 (thirteen years ago) link

It was definitely a fiver, Nuggets. I haven't had nobody, me.

The chap in the shop said ten, honest!

Jamie T Smith (Jamie T Smith), Friday, 30 June 2006 13:11 (thirteen years ago) link

the four disc one is for retro bores circa 1998.

i.e. you can't afford it.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 30 June 2006 13:18 (thirteen years ago) link

I believe you, Jamie! But you must believe me too!

Nuggets, it's a world unto itself.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Friday, 30 June 2006 13:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Picked up Nuggets today for a fiver.
Also the Associates double pack for a fiver and Fairport's Angel Delight for £3. It's their first sans Thompo - not bad at all.

Stew (stew s), Friday, 30 June 2006 16:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, it wasn't a fiver in the Reading branch, anyway.
-- mark grout (mark.grou...) (webmail), June 28th, 2006 1:20 PM. (link)

It is now. Or, was. Just got one, and I didn't see any others.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 15:00 (thirteen years ago) link

Is the new Tottenham Court Road branch open yet?

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 16:11 (thirteen years ago) link

It's not on the website if it is.

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 6 July 2006 06:36 (thirteen years ago) link

Not when I walked past it on Tuesday. Looked as if it would be a while until it opened -- some shelves but no stock.

alext (alext), Thursday, 6 July 2006 06:40 (thirteen years ago) link

I went to HMV instead - Dead Man's Shoes £4.99.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Thursday, 6 July 2006 11:54 (thirteen years ago) link

Vashti Bunyan, "Diamond Day" CD "as heared in the phone advert" £7.

Should, really, shouldn't I?

Oh, but the HEAT!!!

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 17 July 2006 06:47 (thirteen years ago) link

TCR update? time's a wastin.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Monday, 17 July 2006 07:36 (thirteen years ago) link

What's TCR, my friend?

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 17 July 2006 07:39 (thirteen years ago) link

The stop on the Northern Line between WS and LS.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 17 July 2006 07:51 (thirteen years ago) link

or GS and LS.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 17 July 2006 07:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Tottingham Court Road.

I wish to vist Fopp today.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Monday, 17 July 2006 07:51 (thirteen years ago) link

ah right.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 17 July 2006 07:54 (thirteen years ago) link

This revival prompted me to visit Fopp myself. The Shaftesbury Ave one, didn't bother checking if the TCR one is open yet.

Got these for a fiver each:

Boogie down productions - by all means necessary
Fischerspooner - #1
Gang of four - solid gold
Adam & the ants - dirk wears white sox

and the Sonic Youth debut EP reissue for £6! Woo.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Monday, 17 July 2006 12:45 (thirteen years ago) link

They're stocking the Burial album! Albeit for £15.

Nedpoleon (NedBeauman), Monday, 17 July 2006 15:52 (thirteen years ago) link

a little bird told me that HMV are moving to Fopp pricing schemes of £5, £7 & £12 across the board. so if your planning on buying anything in HMV thats over a twelve bar, maybe wait and see.

not sure if the TCR one is open yet.... if theyve got room for a cafe, then surely they can have room for bizzarely priced vinyl...

its just not Fopp without the vinyl.

danny boy (danny boy), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 15:33 (thirteen years ago) link

I bought the Burial CD in Fopp in Dundee for £13 last Wednesday, but it was a tenner in the Edinburgh Cockburn St store yesterday.

alext (alext), Tuesday, 18 July 2006 15:34 (thirteen years ago) link

a little bird told me that HMV are moving to Fopp pricing schemes of £5, £7 & £12 across the board.
HMV in Kingston has been doing this for a while. Huge white stickers on everything with either £5, £7 or £12 on. Some kind of try out, I guess. I can just imagine the execs meeting when they finally stumbled on that one... "Well, we might just shift a few more units if we sold 'em a bit... cheaper!" "God, will that work? Better not rush into anything, perhaps we'd better just test it in one of our stores first."

avery keen-gardner (avery keen-gardner), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 00:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I got Gram Parsons Complete Reprise Recordings. It was £15, but it feels quite heavy, weightwise. Nevertheless, I feel a bit guilty. It has alternative versions and some interview snippets, but a little voice keeps asking me why would they try to improve on perfection?

But I was a bit sad, and I thought it might cheer me up. Perhaps it will.

I am a bit disappointed with John Cale's Paris 1919 though. He has quite a boring voice.

HMV - top dog for pricing policy.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 07:24 (thirteen years ago) link

I am a bit disappointed with John Cale's Paris 1919 though. He has quite a boring voice

You have let me down here PJ, but most of all you have let yourself down. Still no sign of TCRFOPP opening.

Dadaismus (Are we in love like I think we be?) (Dada), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 07:53 (thirteen years ago) link

i think i would like gram parsons. what is the best thing to buy of his? i have the byrds' 'best of' natch.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 07:55 (thirteen years ago) link

"Gilded Palace of Sin" probably. I don't think you'd like him, do you like country?

Dadaismus (Are we in love like I think we be?) (Dada), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 08:02 (thirteen years ago) link

**a little bird told me that HMV are moving to Fopp pricing schemes of £5, £7 & £12 across the board.
HMV in Kingston has been doing this for a while**

Oxford Street is doing this now. The £7 price point is good for reisues e.g Siouxsie remasters. But I notice that the new Can ones were still £16.99 or something obscene. So off to e-bay...

Gram Parsons is a heap of shite - don't bother.

Dr.C (Dr.C), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 08:03 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm sure the Can ones were cheaper than that last time I looked

Dadaismus (Are we in love like I think we be?) (Dada), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 08:05 (thirteen years ago) link

Got "Future Days" last week for £8. In Fopp.

If you want to start a "Oh Monsier le HMV" thread, go.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 08:11 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm expecting these Can albums to end up for a £5 in both HMV and Fopp - it's a race to see who's first!

Dadaismus (Are we in love like I think we be?) (Dada), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 08:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I don't think you'd like him, do you like country?

i like slide guitars n' shit. i figure if uncut like him SO MUCH there must be something there.

can were £7 in hmv.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 08:18 (thirteen years ago) link

I will try again, Dadaismus. I thought it would be like Andalusia all the way through, hence disappointment, I think. I haven't listened to it all yet, just a bit this morning as I approached my place of qwork with a heavy heart.

On Vinatge Violence I like the extra track that is a viola drone best.

Roughage Crew, you can get a Gram Parsons 2CD compilation with a nice booklet from Monsieur Le Fopp (and other retailers) for £7. I think it is you best bet, as it covers his entire (short) career. I can't remember what it's called - Gilded Cowboy Sinners, or something.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 08:23 (thirteen years ago) link

i think i sodding well might, thx.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 08:27 (thirteen years ago) link

They use steel guitars RC, not slide guitars *rolls eyes heavenwards*

Dadaismus (Are we in love like I think we be?) (Dada), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 08:32 (thirteen years ago) link

is that like the 'fairlight'? all this antique stuff confuses my young head.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 08:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Well to be precise, they use pedal steel guitars

Dadaismus (Are we in love like I think we be?) (Dada), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 08:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Can cds were £7.99 in HMV Oxford Circus when I went in there last week - I don't share Dada's faith that they will ever come down to a fiver, lotsa 'bargain' discs hold steady at around the seven quid mark (eg dark side of the moon). Still no sign of that eartly Tangerine Dream 3 disc set at HMV, they'd sold the Mouthus CD I had my eye on, and there was only a single, mis-filed alb in the Prurient section bah (HMV were doing the Crimes of the Future/Stereo Cronenberg DVD for a quid cheaper than Fopp, tho' - also waiting for that new Passenger DVD w/ Nicholson commentary to come down in price - hopefully in the next 'biggest sale evah')

I think ppl are often surprised at just how trad/country Gram Parsons actually sounds, esp. on the solo albs w/ Emmylou Harris. The two Flying Burrito Bros albs have been collected/compiled on various cheapish CD sets, and are prob. the place to start (tho' you can now get the original Gram vocal versions of the re-recorded Byrds tracks on that new 'special edition' of 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo'. The 'Hickory Wind' take is some of Gram's v. finest ever singing - the very definition of blue eyed country soul). To be honest as much as I like or even love Gram Parsons, I don't he ever comes close to matching the country-rock magnificence of Gene Clark circa the Godsin Bros/first Dillard and Clark albs - get those instead!)

Some of the songs on Paris 1919 are magnificent - Sally Timms of the Mekons does a very sweet cover of 'Half Past France' - dunno how anyone can find them 'boring'

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 08:44 (thirteen years ago) link

It's not the songs that are boring, it's his voice... apparently... and I can understand why some people might think that

Dadaismus (Are we in love like I think we be?) (Dada), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 08:47 (thirteen years ago) link

I was specifically looking for the LAST set of Can reissues i.e Saw Delight, Flow Motion etc. They were more than £7.99, I'm sure.

Dr.C (Dr.C), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 10:12 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm also holding out on the Can remasters! £7.99's not bad but I've been spoilt by Fopp & Ebay and don't like spending that much on CDs these days.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 10:15 (thirteen years ago) link

I suppose I'm just being silly in holding out for "Cluster '71" to come down in price?

Dadaismus (Are we in love like I think we be?) (Dada), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 10:16 (thirteen years ago) link

Fopp are still charging £13 for the Neu! reissues from a couple of years ago, so it might be too much to hope for them dropping Can to a fiver. Hmm.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 10:20 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah the neu things are a bitch! i got one as a present but am damned if i'm paying for any more.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 10:22 (thirteen years ago) link

I listened to John Cale after Kate Bush, so I don't suppose that helps. Nothing wrong with boring voices, I suppose.

The Neu! resiisues were cheapish in Selectadisc some time ago. Maybe they still are, although it is Sister Ray now.

BTW, does everyone's Neu! (first one) cut off momentarily during track 2? Or did I get a dud? It ruins my cosmic reverie!

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 10:23 (thirteen years ago) link

I have the old italian semi-bootleg Neu! cds and im not paying full price for the reissued ones. Those never come down.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 10:25 (thirteen years ago) link

I think it's supposed to do that, the little tinkers (xpost)

Dadaismus (Are we in love like I think we be?) (Dada), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 10:27 (thirteen years ago) link

**yeah the neu things are a bitch! i got one as a present but am damned if i'm paying for any more**

But the Neu albums are WORTH £13!

Dr.C (Dr.C), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 10:42 (thirteen years ago) link

i suppose i have spent larger sums on worse things. but this is a matter of principle.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 10:43 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm never paying more than £8 for a CD ever again

Dadaismus (Are we in love like I think we be?) (Dada), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 10:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Well I know what you mean, you might get the Neu CDs for a tenner if you look everywhere, comb e-bay and stuff. But for music that great I say sod the principles, buy and enjoy!

Dr.C (Dr.C), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 10:54 (thirteen years ago) link

BTW, does everyone's Neu! (first one) cut off momentarily during track 2? Or did I get a dud? It ruins my cosmic reverie!

-- PJ Miller (pjmiller6...) (webmail), Today 11:23 AM. (later) (link)

Yes, this was also on the original albums, apparently on purpose. Some of the bootleg issues of the past corrected this, to Neu's amusement...

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 11:32 (thirteen years ago) link

That was my problem then. I had the bootlegs before. I can stop preferring them now.

What a bizarre thing to do.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 11:37 (thirteen years ago) link

how long is the gap?

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 11:40 (thirteen years ago) link

about 1 second.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 11:41 (thirteen years ago) link

brechtian.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 11:44 (thirteen years ago) link

More wrecked than Brecht

Dadaismus (Are we in love like I think we be?) (Dada), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 11:47 (thirteen years ago) link

haha

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 11:48 (thirteen years ago) link

I've not spent over a tenner for a CD in about the last 10 years.

mei (mei), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 12:42 (thirteen years ago) link

I paid £14+ for the Saint Etienne 'Nice Price' comp which is the most I've paid for a single cd album for several years. Still it was limited to 3000 copies and no doubt I'll be able to recoup it on ebay in years to come if necessary.

Dr C otm re Parsons, totally wretched. If you must buy some country get some George Jones or Merle Haggard first.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 12:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Parsons is "country rock" - it's different.

One of my favourites, I think.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 12:54 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah i was gonna say, i din't think he was yer actual country 'as such'.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 13:01 (thirteen years ago) link

He's a lot more country than you might imagine

Dadaismus (Are we in love like I think we be?) (Dada), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 13:11 (thirteen years ago) link

i might stick to what i know in that case.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 13:12 (thirteen years ago) link

I mean this one, "Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels":

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00005BC89/026-3945335-0330023?v=glance&n=229816

I don't know how much proper country has such blatantly Catholic titles - isn't it mostly Protestant?

The pedal steels sometimes go through fuzz boxes and effects pedals, which doesn't happen in "proper" country. And the drumming is different, I am told.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 13:13 (thirteen years ago) link

A lot of the musicians on Gram's solo albs were from Elvis's Las Vegas groups - see also the 'Elvis Country' alb, which is much more country rock than anything Gram ever recorded post-Burritos

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 13:17 (thirteen years ago) link

I hear they smoke the barbecue as well...

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 13:17 (thirteen years ago) link

The pedal steels sometimes go through fuzz boxes and effects pedals, which doesn't happen in "proper" country.

oh that sounds nice, i'm warming to it again.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 13:17 (thirteen years ago) link

That's the Flying Burrito Bros, not his solo albums

Dadaismus (Are we in love like I think we be?) (Dada), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 13:19 (thirteen years ago) link

>>> The Neu! resiisues were cheapish in Selectadisc some time ago. Maybe they still are, although it is Sister Ray now.

I went at lunch, they are still cheap - £6.99 each - but they only had 2 and '75, and I'm after the 1st one. Ah well.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 15:26 (thirteen years ago) link

The pedal steels sometimes go through fuzz boxes and effects pedals, which doesn't happen in "proper" country.

PJM, remind me to play you "Abilene" by Pete Drake and his Amazing Talking Steel Guitar sometime.

The Gram solo albums sound like country to us because country subsequently changed to sound like the Gram Parsons solo albums, I think. This point is, I suppose, fairly academic since we can only really respond to how they sound to us, but anyway.

Tim (Tim), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 15:34 (thirteen years ago) link

Amazon used and new seems to me to beat Fopp on price most of the time, even given the postage charges, and I don't generally mind the wait.

Tim (Tim), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 15:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Tim - I will. I think Joe Brown and the Bruvvers have a song that has something to do with a talking guitar.

Also George Jones has a song with guitar effects, I think it is for comedy purposes, sort of. I can't remember the title. He leaves off singing and the effects-laden guitar finsihes the line for him.

But yes, the fuzzbox is on the Burrito Brothers' albums (maybe just the first one?) but these tracks are included on the compilation referred to earlier. The effects pedals are quite judicioulsy used, it's not just random pratting about.

And those solo albums have some really beautiful songs, I think.

Meanwhile, I had another listen to Paris 1919, and I still didn't like it very much. Evidence of his voice limitations can be found on the alternate version of Andaluisia, just after the reference to castles and Christians. I suppose that is why they did another version, but it illustrates what I was talking about.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Thursday, 20 July 2006 06:58 (thirteen years ago) link

"Her Name Is" is the George Jones song you're thinking of, I think. It's a particular favourite of mine. But I'm not sure it has any special effects on the pedal steel over and / or above that provided by the pedals themselves. I'm no expert, mind.

I think we agree about Gram Parsons, though I'm not yet moved to shell £13 or whatever for those alternate takes.

I also think we agree on John Cale, who's one of those people I hear loads of positive things about, from people wose tastes I respect (sometimes even trust) but I haven't managed to make myself like him.

Tim (Tim), Thursday, 20 July 2006 08:36 (thirteen years ago) link

£15!

If I ever open it, rather than take it back, I will copy them for you, the alternate takes.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Thursday, 20 July 2006 08:42 (thirteen years ago) link

I think you should take it back and buy the Joe Brown and the Bruvvers Box Set.

I was pleased to think that buying the Gram thing cheered you up. I hope you haven't been saddened by its continued state of shrinkwrappedness.

Tim (Tim), Thursday, 20 July 2006 09:01 (thirteen years ago) link

If you're in Edinburgh and looking for Neu and the Can reissues then Avalanche on Cockburn Street next to FOPP has Neu and Neu 2 for £6.99 and Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi and Monster Movie remasters for £7.99.

mms (mms), Thursday, 20 July 2006 09:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Paris 1919 is one of my favourite records; I find Cale's voice very moving.

I say "favourite" but that just means it's one of about a dozen records (like House Tornado and Secrets of the Beehive) that assumed untouchable status in my head about 10-12 years ago and that I don't feel the need to revisit very often or reassess. This is probably a bad thing, I dunno.

In other news, I have unpacked all my CDs and set up my stereo for the first time in five months. The first CD tune I played (very quietly - it was nearly 1am when I finished plugged everything in) was Noel Akchote and Marc Ribot havin' a bash at Ornette Coleman's "New York" and the first vinyl tune was The Blue Aeroplanes' hooj summer smash "Yr Own World".

Perhaps I will blow the next Child Tax Credit payment in Fopp.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Thursday, 20 July 2006 09:42 (thirteen years ago) link

The Child Tax is one of my favourites, I have to say.

Congrats on the return of your stereo, MJ. Have you ascertained the precise location of the Sweet Spot, yet? Is the delicate technology well away from the reach of jammy, curious fingers?

Tim (Tim), Thursday, 20 July 2006 09:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Have you ascertained the precise location of the Sweet Spot, yet?

It about two feet above and 10-12 inches behind my sitting position in the middle of the couch (speakers are very high in this massively compromised arrangement), so I expect to develop fantastic neck muscles, like Garth Cr00ks.

Is the delicate technology well away from the reach of jammy, curious fingers?

No, the missus can reach it. Ho ho! DVD, VCR and power amps are all at Ava-level, unfortunately. Pam's a dab hand at knocking together nifty-looking panels and stuff from a bit of cheap tongue'n'groove, so I'm sure she can come up with something to shield them. I suggested a minefield.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Thursday, 20 July 2006 10:15 (thirteen years ago) link

It does cheer me, Tim. I don't think I will take it back. Rest assured. Its continued shrinkwrappedness is a sign that I am saving it up, all the better to savour it.

Thing is, I don't just want to listen to Joe Brown and the Bruvvers, I want to be them. I want to be groomed for stardom.

Secrets of the Beehive is a film, isn't it? No, that is Spirit of the Beehive. I have seen it, at the pictures. I prefer "Furtivos":

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073028/

Perhaps John Cale is an artist best listened to in the winter months. I think I am going to file this record with that Gene Clark one that everyone says is great but I don't like - No Other, that's it.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Thursday, 20 July 2006 10:35 (thirteen years ago) link

My broither bought me a book about Heavy Metal cover art from Fopp on Tuesday, pretty chyeap and very, very awesome.

mei (mei), Thursday, 20 July 2006 10:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Steady Mike, anyone would think you did not want Garth Cr**ks to find this thread and e-mail you about it.

I am surprised the Doc dislikes GP so. I like him, as most people seem to do. I recently discovered how much I like 'I Can't Dance', in a way.

I am thinking of buying SAINT MORRISSEY, the book, from this shop. Should I?

Most surprising recent bargain: Magnetic Fields, HOLIDAY, £5!

But the first copy I bought didn't have a CD in it!

I took it back and got the CD from a copy that said £7 on it.

Bargain!

the pinefox (the pinefox), Thursday, 20 July 2006 12:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Fopp Online!!! http://www.fopp.co.uk/

haven't been able to gauge if the web prices are as good as the on-street yet but a good thing surely.

fandango (fandango), Friday, 21 July 2006 21:47 (thirteen years ago) link

TCR IS GO!

Pete W (peterw), Wednesday, 26 July 2006 11:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Ry Cooder's Chavez Ravine is currently going for a fiver at Fopp. A very good record it is too, though it does fall into the category of albums you'd happily buy for a fiver but not the full £15.99 whack.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 26 July 2006 11:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh good, I can go there tomorrow! (xpost)

Sploshette Moxy (Dada), Wednesday, 26 July 2006 11:34 (thirteen years ago) link

I suspect that the selection at the new TCR Fopp will pretty much be the same as the old Cambridge Circus branch. But I'll be tempted to take a walk up that way, if they have enough different stuff (cheap!). Anyone know if this is the case?

avery keen-gardner (avery keen-gardner), Wednesday, 26 July 2006 11:41 (thirteen years ago) link

TCR has got confusing new categories, the main one being "alt/modern". Everything earlier than c.1995 comes under "classic rock/singer songwriter". Oh & there's also "pop".

I bought "Mr Isaacs" by Gregory Isaacs

bham (bham), Thursday, 27 July 2006 12:32 (thirteen years ago) link

hurrah am DOING tcr tomorrow./

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Thursday, 27 July 2006 12:39 (thirteen years ago) link

this will be a chance for me to unknowingly glimpse other ilxors, inna kieslowski stylee.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Thursday, 27 July 2006 12:44 (thirteen years ago) link

When are Fopp going to open a Streatham branch?

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 27 July 2006 12:47 (thirteen years ago) link

It's the biggest Fopp yet! As was mentioned above it's a bit confusingly laid out...

TCR has got confusing new categories, the main one being "alt/modern". Everything earlier than c.1995 comes under "classic rock/singer songwriter".

... which isn't strictly accurate as there's plenty of stuff from pre-1995 in the alt/modern section and there's a fair bit of stuff from post-1995 in classic rock/singer songwriter section, e.g. Can are in the alt/modern section while Faust are in classic rock, even more confusingly Frank Zappa is alt/modern and Petra Haden is classic rock!

Also pricing policy is a bit all over the (record) shop - I noticed the same CD on sale (in different sections but sometimes even in the same section) for £3, £5 and £7! And not just once either! So shop around. So I bought:

Lou Reed - Take No Prisoners £5
The Doors - Strange Days £3
Todd Rundgren - The Healing £1(!)
Lee Perry & Friends - Chapter 3: Live As One £1 (!!)

Chuffed with the last one as it's got a lot of tracks I've been looking for on it.

Of course, shitloads of other stuff I coulda bought and I think prices will tumble even further as the record industry lurches inexorably towards disaster and extinction *rubs hands with glee*

Sploshette Moxy (Dada), Thursday, 27 July 2006 12:55 (thirteen years ago) link

... also they've got a classical section now, but don't get all excited 'cos it's crap

Sploshette Moxy (Dada), Thursday, 27 July 2006 13:01 (thirteen years ago) link

No Topography Of The Lungs CD at £5 then.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Thursday, 27 July 2006 13:03 (thirteen years ago) link

I didn't look but could be!

Sploshette Moxy (Dada), Thursday, 27 July 2006 13:04 (thirteen years ago) link

It would be good if they had SAINT MORRISSEY for £1.

the pinefox (the pinefox), Thursday, 27 July 2006 14:01 (thirteen years ago) link

They have an AMBIENT MINIMALISM section.

Pete W (peterw), Thursday, 27 July 2006 14:05 (thirteen years ago) link

ABJECT MISERABLISM xpost.

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 27 July 2006 14:18 (thirteen years ago) link

In the warehouse sale in Glasgow I saw the Lollies for £1! I really should buy it. Is it anything like Shimura Curves?

Stew (stew s), Thursday, 27 July 2006 17:40 (thirteen years ago) link

i went yesterday!

nice.

gotta be said, that hmv really has had to follow fopp lots; it's not the thing it used to be.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Friday, 28 July 2006 08:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Is there much cheap vinyl?

I will go tomorrow morning.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Friday, 28 July 2006 08:30 (thirteen years ago) link

didn't look at vinyl. can't put vinyl into itunes.

Roughage Crew (Enrique), Friday, 28 July 2006 08:31 (thirteen years ago) link

This is the motivation I've been looking for to go back to work next week.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Friday, 28 July 2006 08:49 (thirteen years ago) link

I bought the Lollies for £1 in the Edinburgh Fopp a few years back. It was better than some of the other CDs I got at the same time!

alext (alext), Friday, 28 July 2006 11:00 (thirteen years ago) link

All right, I'm going to check TCR Fopp out in a bit - perhaps to coincide with today's power outage. How far up TCR is it?

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Friday, 28 July 2006 11:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Sort of opposite Goodge St station, errrrrrrrrrrrrr, kind of

Sploshette Moxy (Dada), Friday, 28 July 2006 11:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh right, yeah - Purves & Purves, I remember now.

Hmm, bit of a way for a Soho-ite like me, but, if EDF stick a pickaxe through our cables again (only jokin', EDF), it's not like I'll be pushed for time.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Friday, 28 July 2006 11:18 (thirteen years ago) link

Fopp? Their range is severely limited when compared to a major-label P.I.M.P. like HMV. :P

Although there is quite a good one somewhere in the Soho area actually. I forget exactly where but it it on the junction of two roads at acute angles to each other and thus kinda juts out at you from the front. I bought Earth's first record there for a rip-off tenner...

Louis Jagger (Haberdager), Friday, 28 July 2006 11:22 (thirteen years ago) link

You don't buy CDs for tenner in Fopp, defeats the whole purpose

Sploshette Moxy (Dada), Friday, 28 July 2006 11:25 (thirteen years ago) link

The Beta Band's last record was a mere fiver, as was Now Here Is Nowhere. That at least placated me a bit.

Louis Jagger (Haberdager), Friday, 28 July 2006 11:26 (thirteen years ago) link

There are 2,729 CDs at £5 on the Fopp website; I don't really want to browse them - it'll take the edge off the shelf-scanning in the shop itself.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Friday, 28 July 2006 11:36 (thirteen years ago) link

I like the innovation of the £1 CD!

Sploshette Moxy (Dada), Friday, 28 July 2006 11:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Never been down the MVE basement then?

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 28 July 2006 11:45 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm not so sure about the innovation of the £15 CD.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 28 July 2006 11:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Bought this week in Fopp for a fiver, and available for the same price online: Atlantic Gold: 75 Soul Classics From The Atlantic Vaults. Runs mostly chronologically from mid 1950s (Ruth Brown/Joe Turner) to the early 1970s (Spinners/Betty Wright). As good a basic primer as you'll ever find.

Most of the tracks also appear on the 8CD re-issue of the wonderful Atlantic 1947-73(?) box set that came out c. 1987/88. Fopp are selling each of these for £3 each. Vols 7 & 8 are particularly fine: The Spinners "Mighty Love", Beginning Of The End "Funky Nassau", Persuaders "Thin Line Between Love & Hate", Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, and the absolutely STONKING "Compared To What" by Les McCann & Eddie Harris.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Friday, 28 July 2006 12:30 (thirteen years ago) link

re: I'm not so sure about the innovation of the £15 CD.

Witness the demise of all these over priced rip off mechants in the past decade: Andy's Records, Sam Goody, Tower Records, MVC, Our Price.

Replaced by specialist online shops such as boomkat, e-tailers such as Amazon, supermarkets selling new/chart Cds at discounted prices, plus Jersey/Guersney VAT loop hole etailers, and the growth of discount chains such Fopp and Music Zone.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Friday, 28 July 2006 12:37 (thirteen years ago) link

Which latter (Fopp), I see, have no items by Derek Bailey in their database.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 28 July 2006 12:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, I won't be doing that again in a hurry - just a bit too far in a lunch hour and kinda overwhelming once you get in there. Didn't even make it downstairs. Picked up an Astor Piazzola 10-CD boxset for a fiver which will probably turn out to be ropey from-vinyl masters or something. Stacks of Spiritualized's Amazing Grace by the tills for 50p!

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Friday, 28 July 2006 13:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Stacks of Spiritualized's Amazing Grace by the tills for 50p!

parp!

Enrique's new name (Enrique), Friday, 28 July 2006 13:44 (thirteen years ago) link

The 50p CD! See, their prices are falling already!

Sploshette Moxy (Dada), Friday, 28 July 2006 13:50 (thirteen years ago) link

they ahd lots of £6-for-two sony packages where i had one of the albums: fiona apple, wu-tang clan, jay-z.

Enrique (Enrique), Friday, 28 July 2006 13:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Those Al Green four albums on 2CDs package are very tempting. Of course I automatically thought that at £8 they were too expensive - but that's £2 per album! And what albums!

Sploshette Moxy (Dada), Friday, 28 July 2006 13:54 (thirteen years ago) link

Music one has what appear to be some bargain DVDs in their 2 for 10 quid section - recent films like You and Me and a Dog Named Boo We Know and that restored Sam Fuller film about Men at War and the Baetles on Ed Sullivan with all the other crap left in. Also loads of shite of course.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Saturday, 29 July 2006 07:35 (thirteen years ago) link

I continue to find this thread surprisingly interesting despite not being within 500 or more miles of a Fopp.

I Do Not Play Baseball With Rabbits (Bimble...), Saturday, 29 July 2006 08:05 (thirteen years ago) link

you are an anglophile

RJG (RJG), Saturday, 29 July 2006 10:12 (thirteen years ago) link

I am going to look through the 2,729 CDs at £5 on the Fopp website.

I shall Report Back later. I may be some time.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Saturday, 29 July 2006 15:46 (thirteen years ago) link

That was very dispiriting. I found one bargain, but by the time I had finished trawling through all the others, my enthusiasm had been flushed down the boghole of my heart.

Here it is:

http://www.fopp.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=2530

I used to have this anyway, but decided it was a bit too thorough, compared to the near-perfection* and boundless misery of the first Singles album. But I didn't get the first Singles album to replace it. It is, you may remember, a chance to hear "Your Navy Requests".

Postage is 1.50 if your order is less than 25 pounds.

I don't think I ever want to go to Fopp again after looking through that lot.

* I don't like "Top of the World".

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Saturday, 29 July 2006 16:40 (thirteen years ago) link

you are an anglophile

-- RJG (RJ...), July 29th, 2006.

REALLY? You don't say!

I Do Not Play Baseball With Rabbits (Bimble...), Saturday, 29 July 2006 22:58 (thirteen years ago) link

*Drum Beat*

**Cymbal Crash**

I Do Not Play Baseball With Rabbits (Bimble...), Saturday, 29 July 2006 22:59 (thirteen years ago) link

have you ever been to angloland?

RJG (RJG), Saturday, 29 July 2006 23:14 (thirteen years ago) link

No, certainly not!

I Do Not Play Baseball With Rabbits (Bimble...), Sunday, 30 July 2006 00:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Fopp Online would not accept the transaction due to an insufficient fraud checking score. Use a different card or contact Fopp Online for more information.

This is a sign from God.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Sunday, 30 July 2006 07:36 (thirteen years ago) link

I've been to England, yes, but not angloland.

I Do Not Play Baseball With Rabbits (Bimble...), Sunday, 30 July 2006 08:09 (thirteen years ago) link

I have been to the new Fopp.

It's massive!

Things of note:

They had new The WHO 12" by the window, in direct sunlight. They were warm to the touch. I expect them to have melted by the end of the week. Anything on the aisle ends by the window is in direct afternoon sunlight. They hadn't thought of that.

The Gram parsons Complete Reprise Sessions box set is £10 more expensive on TCR than on Shaftesbury Avenue. Worth the ten minute walk, I'd say.

They have some lovely lovely stuff from Ace going cheapish, such as the Deep Soul Treasures series, and some funk compilations. This is stuff that I used to pay 2775 pesetas for in Spain, which felt like an awful lot of money. Then they went up to 3200 pesetas and I could no longer afford them. I think they are still my favourite CDs, and I recommend them to anyone who hasn't got them.

They have the Westbound Funkadelic reissues for a fiver each. I would like them.

It looks like they have some nice things on vinyl.

You can walk right through the shop and come out the other side. I like that in a shop.

They have bucked the trend by giving greater prominence to CDs than DVDs near the entrance. Perhaps it is because of the sunlight problem, although I doubt it.

There is not much room in the aisles.

It is not as far up TCR as I thought. It could justifiably be considered to be on my way home.

It is much better than their horrible website.

If I were them, I would have a "board guy" outside Virgin, to speed up the inevitable decline of said Megastore.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 07:32 (thirteen years ago) link

They have the Westbound Funkadelic reissues for a fiver each. I would like them.

I wonder if the Glasgow FOPP has them for £5. Hopefully someone can report back on that next time they're in.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 07:50 (thirteen years ago) link

I went to the TCR one for the first time yesterday. It was too big to take in. I just wandered around blankly.

I bought a copy of Nuggets for my friend. It was £10 in the £5 section but £5 elsewhere which was a little odd.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 08:24 (thirteen years ago) link

the inevitable decline of said Megastore.
Misread this as 'sad Megastore'!

I have mixed feelings about the new TCR FOPP. One on hand, I love how its giving the big two fingers to said sad Megastore, a sort of "Look, this is how its done, losers!", yet I kind of miss how four or five years ago, that solitary store @ Cambridge Circus was the best kept secret in town.

Maybe I'm worried that once it does see off Virgin and the increasingly pathetic HMV, it'll abandon "stack 'em high and sell 'em cheap" and adopt the "stack 'em high and sell 'em expensive" policy of those stores.

avery keen-gardner (avery keen-gardner), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 09:01 (thirteen years ago) link

where are the 'nuggets' at? my one problem is it's hard to navigate...

Enrique (Enrique), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 09:04 (thirteen years ago) link

The five pound Nuggets was in TV advertised compilations (or something like) which is one of the racks that is just in front of you as you go in the door.

I found it hard to find the new releases section!

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 09:51 (thirteen years ago) link

haha what tv channels advertise 'nuggets'!?

Enrique (Enrique), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 09:55 (thirteen years ago) link

I also hit the TCR Fopp on my visit to London on Friday. Was quite impressed that they have stock laid out by label, and had lots of Baked Goods stuff.

A friend of mine works there and he admitted that some of the stock is in odd places because they didn't know where else to put it, while on other occasions things had been classified oddly.

Still, that's half the fun.

PS I'm quite taken with the MVE basement!

Michael Lambert (Michael Lambert), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 18:26 (thirteen years ago) link

I think I prefer "old" Fopp, like Cambridge Circus and Reading. You can "do" them in half an hour.

Irmin Schmidt - Soundtracks 3xCD £7 - bargain? Or the krautrock equivalent of Prince's Emancipation?

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 06:29 (thirteen years ago) link

I'd buy it but I've got all of the albums. I think you'd have to be a bit of soundtrack/ Krautrock nut to enjoy it much... hold on, it has the "Rote Erde" soundtrack, which I don't have.

Doi Doing! (Dada), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 07:37 (thirteen years ago) link

btw, can you still return stuff just cos you don't like it?

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 14:40 (thirteen years ago) link

i dare someone to return that Spiritualized CD and demand their 50p back

zebedee (zebedee), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 14:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes, you can just take stuff back because you don't like it! I love this so much I take stuff back even if I like it. You have to fill in a little form, and they probably have a vast database of menks, and I am probably the ubermenk.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 17:00 (thirteen years ago) link

haha @ spiritualized & @ menks. i shall be on the menks list soon!

Amazing Grace is £7 in glasgow.

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 17:28 (thirteen years ago) link

They've got most of the Fabric/Fabriclive comps in for £7 - anyone care to recommend one or more of them? (i have the peel one, the deadly avenger one and the diplo one)

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Sunday, 6 August 2006 14:48 (thirteen years ago) link

OK carry on...I just found this....
Fabric/Fabriclive mix cd series S/D
Unless anyone has anything to add...

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Sunday, 6 August 2006 14:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Still doing Associates 4thdrawer/Sulk doublepack for £3 I think.

gekoppel (Gekoppel), Sunday, 6 August 2006 15:42 (thirteen years ago) link

made it to Fopp Chiswick in time for closing on friday evening. small shop, but very dense.

got Nuggets for a fiver (am not convinced of its greatness, was expecting Psychedelia and got a lot of people trying to be the Beatles, Stones or Dylan). also bought Leonard Cohen (one of his cds anyway).

Koogy Yonderboy (koogs), Monday, 7 August 2006 09:42 (thirteen years ago) link

beatles not psychedelic?

Bashment Jakes (Enrique), Monday, 7 August 2006 09:52 (thirteen years ago) link

I believe the technical term is "post-British Invasion". Except the Dylan bit. And apparently, what they want to be is... The Yardbirds! Uggh! Clapton invented punk!

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Monday, 7 August 2006 09:53 (thirteen years ago) link

yardbirds > punk

Bashment Jakes (Enrique), Monday, 7 August 2006 10:04 (thirteen years ago) link

> beatles not psychedelic?

not always, no. and the thing they were trying to be was merseybeat era beatles. (track i'm thinking of is Knickerbockers : 'Lies')

Koogy Yonderboy (koogs), Monday, 7 August 2006 10:07 (thirteen years ago) link

Does > mean "better than"?

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Monday, 7 August 2006 10:26 (thirteen years ago) link

('more than', yes. it's maths. 'less than' goes the other way, looks more like an L. L for 'less')

Koogy Yonderboy (koogs), Monday, 7 August 2006 10:29 (thirteen years ago) link

what no-one has mentioned yet is that the TCR Fopp serves BEER. is this a UK first for record shops?

bham (bham), Monday, 7 August 2006 11:10 (thirteen years ago) link

nah the edinburgh fopp does (or did).

jed_ (jed), Monday, 7 August 2006 11:12 (thirteen years ago) link

>> what no-one has mentioned yet is that the TCR Fopp serves BEER. is this a UK first for record shops?

WTF??

We could have a TCR Fopp FAP!

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Monday, 7 August 2006 11:14 (thirteen years ago) link

There is nothing more depressing than buying records drunk.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Monday, 7 August 2006 11:32 (thirteen years ago) link

that is so true.

Bashment Jakes (Enrique), Monday, 7 August 2006 11:38 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm off to London town next week, I am going to investigate this beer serving recrod shop, seeing as I'll be in the russell sq area, shouldn't be too far. Is it far up TCR? (my knowledge of said area extends to the Odeon).

Major Alfonso (Major Alfonso), Monday, 7 August 2006 12:15 (thirteen years ago) link

a bit past the odeon, probably like parallel with russell sq.

Bashment Jakes (Enrique), Monday, 7 August 2006 12:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Buying records drunk may be bad (I'm not sure it's such a crime), but buying records tipsy = k-classic. Watch those inhibitions tumble!

Edinburgh Fopp no longer serves beer. It was a rubbish idea.

alext (alext), Monday, 7 August 2006 12:49 (thirteen years ago) link

I remember being in a record shop (in berlin I think, but I'm not sure) that had a café/bar, listening stations and loads of magazines lying around. Big comfy sofas, sort of a living room ambience. Twas pretty cool as far as I remember, looked like there was a regular after work small crowd that hung around and the shop probably made more off beer than records. In fact I'm sure I was in a similar type place in Helsinki near the train station that was primarily a bar but also sold records. That place might have been attached to a club, I just remember a lot of good looking Finns and lots of beer. All these memories are verrrryy hazy.

Major Alfonso (Major Alfonso), Monday, 7 August 2006 13:10 (thirteen years ago) link

When I went to Edinburgh the other day my girlfriend steered me away from Cockburn St cos she worried I'd spend too much. Then she left me alone for half an hour on Princes St, during which time I managed to spend £45 in Rose St.

beanz (beanz), Monday, 7 August 2006 13:14 (thirteen years ago) link

saint etienne's finistere for £3 is a bit of a bargain, ditto the knife's deep cuts (with dvd) for £5

dh (djh), Monday, 7 August 2006 14:06 (thirteen years ago) link

>> ditto the knife's deep cuts (with dvd) for £5

Ooh! I want this. OK I know where I'm going tomorrow lunchtime.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Monday, 7 August 2006 14:11 (thirteen years ago) link

i never know where to find stuff!!!! i might get ver knife too, for the missus. filed under 'dance'? 'pop'? 'indie'?

Bashment Jakes (Enrique), Monday, 7 August 2006 14:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I think I've got the measure of the TCR shop now, it's no longer quite so daunting. Was served "the best cappuccino I've ever made" by a nice young lady downstairs. Blew £26 on...

New Rotary Connection: Hey Love (vinyl)
Mia Doi Todd: Manzanita
Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man: Out of Season
Yves Montand: Car J T'aime
La Jetée/Sans Soleil (dvd)

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 7 August 2006 22:34 (thirteen years ago) link

that's a nice selection!

filed under 'dance'? 'pop'? 'indie'?

filed under £5. but dance too i thnk.

jed_ (jed), Monday, 7 August 2006 22:46 (thirteen years ago) link

I do wonder if the "shop around for a better price" thing is a deliberate ploy by Fopp to keep you in there longer rather than incompetence. The now famous 50p Spiritualized album was available (in its plain jewel-case form, rather the slipcase that they were practically giving away) for £7 in the Modern rock A-Z section! The Beth Gibbons record above was on display in Best Sellers for £6 but was a pound cheaper in the alphabetised section.

I still haven't really touched on the classical and jazz sections.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 8 August 2006 05:41 (thirteen years ago) link

I got the Knife albums (silent shout was a tenner) in Edinburgh: on the wall with the other cheapo dance stuff.

alext (alext), Tuesday, 8 August 2006 07:24 (thirteen years ago) link

casual grime fans may want 'run the road' at £3. i couldn't summon up the curiosity.

i got der knife too!

Bashment Jakes (Enrique), Tuesday, 8 August 2006 07:26 (thirteen years ago) link

How bad/good is that Blak Twang record (The Rotten Club)? It's only a pound in Fopp. I have liked some Blak Twang in my time.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 8 August 2006 08:29 (thirteen years ago) link

I couldn't find the Knife yesterday :'(

I was only in Fopp for about 10 mins though cos I had to go to the post office & bank first and used up most of my lunch hour doing that. I did see a whole load of other great albums for a fiver though, such as Peter Hammill's Nadir's Big Chance & Overkill by Motorhead.

Metalheads may also be interested in Black Metal by Venom for £1!!!! Pity I just bought the fucking thing from Sister Ray for £5.99, dammit.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 07:31 (thirteen years ago) link

I had good luck sifting through the reggae section for £1 goodies: a couple of the Perry CDs dadaismus mentions above, a Tubbys / Jah Thomas / Roots Radics dub doings, a Joe Gibbs rocksteady comp.

Also the Taxi comp on Pressure Sounds for £3, and that Waylon Jennings twofer fer three too.

Plus a dodgy-as-hell Toby Keith LP for a fiver, but you don't want to know about that.

(The Horace Andy CD which they have tons of for £1, "You Are My Angel", ia a real winner by the way, one of his very best. Also aces is the Joe Gibbs comp called "The Reggae Train" and that's only £3. (The latter is an LP which I strongly suspect Mark E Smith of owning: within a couple of years of its release The Fall had covered "People Grudgeful" and "Kimble". What a great record.) I don't have that Blak Twang LP and don't much fancy it.)

Tim (Tim), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 08:15 (thirteen years ago) link

I always see that Horace Andy thing and never buy it. Missed the Joe Gibbs one.

My Mind's Not Made of Gravel (Dada), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 08:19 (thirteen years ago) link

It ("The Reggae Train") was there as of 7pm last night dada, but mis-filed (somewhere around the Ps or Rs I would guess, but I forget). It's kinda purple.

The one I bought last night was a Trojan reissue of two old comps ("Jackpot of Hits - Explosive Rocksteady" and another with a similar name) and looks nasty and cheap, so suits me very well.

Tim (Tim), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 08:31 (thirteen years ago) link

How come Michael always gets served "the best cup of cappuccino" lovley girls have ever made?

I like Hey Love if New Rotary Connection is the same as old Rotary Connection.

I think Car means But.

Toby Keith looks a bit "squeal, piggy, squeal" to me.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 11:26 (thirteen years ago) link

You should try listening to him.

(Start by downloading the marvellous "As Good As I Once Was".)

Tim (Tim), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 12:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Is it about his "prowess"?

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 12:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes.

(By my previous post, I meant "he sounds even more "squeal piggy squeal" than he looks" but that mayn't have been clear.)

Tim (Tim), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 12:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Is this Toby Keith as responsible for 'I Love this Bar' and 'Whisky Girl' because those two songs alone = k-classic.

alext (alext), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 14:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Sounds right, though I don't know those two songs.

Tim (Tim), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 14:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Hurrah! I went back today and found the Knife in the electronica section out the back! I also got these for a fiver: Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele, Mudhoney - My Brother The Cow, Killing Joke - s/t. Plus the double CD of the Fall - Live at the Witch Trials for £7. Bargains galore!

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 10 August 2006 12:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Attention Dr C: Vital Dub - Well Charged @ 5 pounds in TCR Fopp, in the back room where da reggae be.

Attention everyone else: Joe Meek Portrait of a Legend 4 CD boxset @ 10 pounds.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Saturday, 12 August 2006 18:04 (thirteen years ago) link

are those japanese eds of kate bush remastered? or do people just like exotic packaging?

Bashment Jakes (Enrique), Thursday, 17 August 2006 09:54 (thirteen years ago) link

Kate Bush is exotic packaging.

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 17 August 2006 10:08 (thirteen years ago) link

xpost. Thanks PJM. I need to visit the new Fopp soon.

The Joe Meek box is an absolute must at £10. I think I paid about 17 on Amazon a while back. You haven't lived until you've heard JM sing on the Telstar demo. The booklet is absolutely amazing too.

Dr.C (Dr.C), Thursday, 17 August 2006 10:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Didn't find the Joe Meek box gdamna.

Did find a "Primal Scream Live" CD for a tenner, jap import. (Recentish, has Autobahn 66 on it).

I didn't get it, but isn't someone here a PS nut?

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 17 August 2006 12:30 (thirteen years ago) link


Anyone spot the Joe Meek box in the Fopp up on Union Street (Glasca)?
Might take a trip over there after work if it's there.

JohnFoxxsJuno (JohnFoxxsJuno), Thursday, 17 August 2006 13:01 (thirteen years ago) link

nick southall recommends that primal scream ting, i think.

Bashment Jakes (Enrique), Thursday, 17 August 2006 13:18 (thirteen years ago) link

There were three Meek boxes on Saturday morning on Tottenham Court Road, by the tills, in the piles of cheapo stuff. I suppose they all went to people like me, who spotted them after paying for something else. On the other hand, they might have a warehouse full of them.

They have a lot of nice jazz compilations going for three quid, as lonmg as you don't mind them being called Legends of Acid Jazz or Heroes of the Hammond.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Thursday, 17 August 2006 13:23 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, the OGWT DVD took a while to go to £5 when it was mentioned upthread.

Guess I'll have to keep walking over to the further end of town, lunchtimes...

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 17 August 2006 13:25 (thirteen years ago) link

I asked today, they reckoned they had a buy in of around 1,000 and they all gorn now.

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 18 August 2006 12:35 (thirteen years ago) link

i am envious of mr millers joe meek box set, yes, it has been on my amazon wishlist since picking up that £3 comp in hmv basement last year. i wonder if the further outposts, like chiswick, still have them...

or i could stick to buying 10p cd singles off ebay...

Koogy Yonderboy (koogs), Friday, 18 August 2006 13:42 (thirteen years ago) link

I've gotta have that Joe Meek box!

Dadaismus (a rattly old puffin who remembers ILX in the days when...) (Dada), Friday, 18 August 2006 13:49 (thirteen years ago) link

hmm, got to have the joe meek too though didn't spot it in Edinburgh this afternoon. They did have Spiderman and Spiderman 2 double DVD's for £3 each though. Not that I bought those, got a Fania label sampler for £3 instead.

mms (mms), Friday, 18 August 2006 22:14 (thirteen years ago) link

I feel quite guilty about having one now.

Best of Syd Barrett 3.97 in Music Zone. Dafty here paid much more.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Monday, 21 August 2006 13:37 (thirteen years ago) link

That the one with "Bob Dylan Blues"?

Good old Napster of olden times, I say.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 21 August 2006 13:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Most of the Slayer back catalog is £5 now.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Monday, 21 August 2006 14:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Yes, that one.

Who has the Rolling Stones "classic 60s recordings" cheapest? 7.97 is pushing it a bit at Music Zone.

I may venture into Reading tomorrow morning, with my daughter.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 22 August 2006 17:55 (twelve years ago) link

Warning: absolutely not Fopp at all... but as this is sort of the bargain thread, certain folks might want to note that Amazon currently have Basil Kirchin's Abstractions of the Industrial North on vinyl for £2.96. Also, Davey Graham's Midnight Man on CD for £3.96. Dunno what else, got cheesed off with looking. Anyone know what that Graham disc is like?

NickB (NickB), Thursday, 24 August 2006 08:44 (twelve years ago) link

Also this

...and all I went there for was a field guide to mushrooms.

NickB (NickB), Thursday, 24 August 2006 08:47 (twelve years ago) link

Death Row Records Greatest Hits Vols 1 & 2 (4 CDs) for a fiver in Reading. I went looking for Rolling Stones &0s albums cheap, but they were not cheap. but Hot Rocks 1 & 2 were, so I go those instead. The remastering is very good indeed, I may need to upgrade my others.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Thursday, 24 August 2006 09:19 (twelve years ago) link

CCR - Born On the Bayou (£3)

dud Hab 'C' dEva (Dada), Wednesday, 30 August 2006 11:58 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...
I have been to Fopp today for the first time since (it appears from the above) August 24th. As I had not been for so long, I allowed myself the illicit thrill of buying a CD for ten pounds - that double CD of pirate songs, Rogue's Gallery.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Sunday, 1 October 2006 17:47 (twelve years ago) link

Fopp in Chiswick was CLOSED on Saturday. No signs or other explanation. Anyone know what gives?

zebedee (zebedee), Monday, 9 October 2006 10:27 (twelve years ago) link

ooh!

Better check the Reading one.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 9 October 2006 10:29 (twelve years ago) link

I see the TCR branch is open till 10 at night weekdays.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Monday, 9 October 2006 10:32 (twelve years ago) link

Fopp in Chiswick was CLOSED on Saturday. No signs or other explanation. Anyone know what gives?

a day in mourning/celebration for Tower Records perhaps ?

mark e (mark e), Monday, 9 October 2006 12:06 (twelve years ago) link

Reading Fopp open as usual...

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 9 October 2006 12:46 (twelve years ago) link

I got a DJ Shadow Private Press thing in a cardboard sleeve with an extra disc which contains ten minutes or so of live shenanigans and there is also an extra track. It cost £5. I was quite pleased. Monsieur Le Fopp seemed to have a lot of good stuff in his TCR emporium yesterday. They now have sections like "Brit Glam".

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 12:00 (twelve years ago) link

what is the extra track?

benrique (Enrique), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 12:03 (twelve years ago) link

i almost got 'station to station' for a fiver yesterday, but felt it wasn't enough.

but i could have got last year's time out film guide for a tenner, which i will do, at some point.

benrique (Enrique), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 12:04 (twelve years ago) link

as advied over on the other thread

Output is gone...

- most of the Output Recordings catalogue is now a £3 special !

mark e (mark e), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 12:14 (twelve years ago) link

Three of the early Flaming Lips albums are £3 at the mo.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 12:27 (twelve years ago) link

gravediggaz -- 6ft deep

£3 and a bargain!

alext (alext), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 16:29 (twelve years ago) link

Ghost of a Chance (Original Version) I think, Benrrique. An "original version" of one of the album tracks anyway. I can't remember the title (unless I have remembered it).

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 11 October 2006 16:31 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...
Fopp expands....

FOPP BUY 67 MUSIC ZONE STORES
Well, a bit of good news from the world of music retail. Glasgow based Fopp yesterday announced it was buying 67 of the stores formerly owned by its rival Music Zone, making them, over night, the biggest independent music retailer in the UK.

As previously reported, Music Zone went into administration earlier this year, and formally closed down the whole of its 100+ chain on 25 Jan after a buyer for the company could not be found. Fopp will now take on 67 of Music Zone's stores, saving some 775 jobs that had been lost when Music Zone ceased trading. The deal sees Fopp triple the size of its UK wide empire, going from 35 stores to over 100.

Confirming the deal, Music Zone's administrator, Bill Dawson of Deloitte, told reporters: "We are pleased with the disposal to Fopp, and wish them every success in the future. This represents a much better outcome for creditors and other stakeholders than a piecemeal disposal".

source:
http://www.cmumusicnetwork.co.uk/daily/index.html

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 17:48 (twelve years ago) link

In ways it sounds like Fopp is finding the same space as Second Spin (and, regrettably, its parent company TWE) has staked out over here -- music retailing with a heavy but not universal emphasis on secondhand sales. It seems the only practical way for such chains to function.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 17:50 (twelve years ago) link

So does that mean FOPP will move into the old Tower records store in Glasgow as Music Zone was in there?

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 17:54 (twelve years ago) link

The Herald:
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.1171277.0.0.php
It is understood that only one of Music Zone's seven Scottish stores will stay open - the shop in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 17:58 (twelve years ago) link

Fopp's strategy would be to cherry pick the 67 stores that didn't overlap with their existing store portfolio. The other Music Zone stores being in locations where FOPP already has a presence.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 18:02 (twelve years ago) link

Music Zone had 104 stores, Fopp have bought 67 [37 stores not bought]

Fopp previously had 35 stores + 67 acquired Music Zone store locations = 102 stores

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 18:12 (twelve years ago) link

I doubt they have bought the one in Maidenhead.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 18:17 (twelve years ago) link

I reckon they are likely to have bought the Maidenhead store, do the maths any Music Zone shop in a town/city location of a Fopp unlikely to to be included in 67 acquistion.

Fopp Shops
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fopp_%28retailer%29

if Fopp can have shops in smaller towns such as Andover, Bedford, Horsham why not Maidenhead?

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 18:24 (twelve years ago) link

correction, Fopp 10 in Scotland, 35 in England and one in Wales = 46 existing stores

46 + 67 = 113 stores

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 18:31 (twelve years ago) link

Music Zone Store locator
http://www.musiczone.co.uk/store_locator.asp

If there isn't a Fopp Shop already there = likely to become a Fopp

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 19:02 (twelve years ago) link

Martian probably OTM, but I hope they make an exception for Chiswick, where the Fopp store is tiny and way too cramped for comfortable browsing and Music Zone had spacious premises just down the Road. They could easily give up the smaller shop and relocate to the larger one.

I think Fopp have their admin offices above the Chiswick branch. Not sure if that makes it more or less likely that they will relocate.

zebedee (zebedee), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 19:33 (twelve years ago) link

(btw the explanation for the unexpected Fopp closure I posted about on October 9th was that the staff couldn't get the security shutters to 'unlock' that morning! They were back in business within a few hours, I was later told)

zebedee (zebedee), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 19:39 (twelve years ago) link

within the space of 13 months: 41 MVC Stores rebranded Music Zone now some of these will become Fopp shops

= more work for the Sign Makers !

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 19:46 (twelve years ago) link

I'm located in Winchester at ahe moment.

There's a very shut MVC here.

Guess it's not going to be a Fopp in the next 3 days.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 21:22 (twelve years ago) link

strange no Music Zone or Fopp in either Winchester or Basingstoke - maybe Fopp will eventually expand into these towns?

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 21:30 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, do the maths, PJM. Sheesh. Have you done the maths yet? Don't forget to show your working.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 6 February 2007 23:21 (twelve years ago) link

Here is the maths:

Maidenhead = small town, hip motherfucker population = 1 (me)

Hang on, I'm forgetting to factor in DVD sales.

Where's my board rubber?

Maidenhead = small town, DVD buying population = several million, including Rolf Harris and Tim Brooke-Taylor.

QED. I shall start camping out now.

They are going to get so sick of me.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 7 February 2007 08:37 (twelve years ago) link

Two Fopps in Southampton? Seems mad.

The main reason I didn't think they would come is because there is already a Fopp in Reading, which is "just down the road".

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Wednesday, 7 February 2007 08:40 (twelve years ago) link

Two Fopps in Southampton and NONE WHATSOEVER in South London - are they mad?

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 7 February 2007 09:25 (twelve years ago) link

please please please please please please please please exeter please please please

Sick Mouthy (Nick Southall), Wednesday, 7 February 2007 09:33 (twelve years ago) link

I still haven't worked out why they opened a Fopp in Glenrothes.

treefell (treefell), Wednesday, 7 February 2007 11:17 (twelve years ago) link

missionary work.

alext (alext), Wednesday, 7 February 2007 11:23 (twelve years ago) link

The Maidenhead Music Zone is going to be a Fopp, there is a piece of paper up in the window to that effect. I am urged to "bear with them" in the meantime.

That bird with the dyed red hair in the TCR shop is a bit arsey when you take stuff back under the popular "suck it and see" policy.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Friday, 9 February 2007 14:54 (twelve years ago) link

foppage

to scour or to pop? (Haberdager), Friday, 9 February 2007 16:33 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...
Ant and Dec "Their Greatest Hits" One Pound. Got it for the kids. Theu kinda like them (a lot) being Geordie lads and all...

Oh, but there are two hits not actually on it. "We're on the ball" being one.

Can you guess which other one?

(Clue: Name a Ant/Dec hit off the top of your head)

Mark G, Thursday, 22 March 2007 11:40 (twelve years ago) link

KRAZY KATZ

Frogman Henry, Thursday, 22 March 2007 11:52 (twelve years ago) link

Oooh, ooh, let me guess: could it be: "Rip It Up"?
"Tonight I'm Free"?
"Why Me? (Is It Justified)"?
"If I Give You My Number"?
"Eternal Love"?
"Our Radio Rocks"?
"Stuck On U"?
"U Krazy Katz"?
"Perfect"?
"Stepping Stone"?
"Better Watch Out"?
"When I Fall In Love"?
"Shout"?
"Falling"?

Stewart Osborne, Thursday, 22 March 2007 11:53 (twelve years ago) link

(OK, I admit, I may not have actually got every one of those titles off the top of my head)

Stewart Osborne, Thursday, 22 March 2007 11:53 (twelve years ago) link

All on there!

(They be done have had a lotta hits!)

Mark G, Thursday, 22 March 2007 12:00 (twelve years ago) link

"The Maidenhead Music Zone is going to be a Fopp"

There's a shop in Weymouth which has already been a branch of MVC, a branch of Music Zone and a branch of Fopp so far this year - and it's still only March.

Stewart Osborne, Thursday, 22 March 2007 12:03 (twelve years ago) link

[i]"They be done have had a lotta hits!"[/i}

I missed that crucial word "hits" - how are we defining what constitutes a "hit"?

Stewart Osborne, Thursday, 22 March 2007 12:04 (twelve years ago) link

Also currently on offer for a quid: Shut It! Music From The Sweeney and Amazing Grace by Spiritualized.

I still think the latter too expensive.

Marcello Carlin, Thursday, 22 March 2007 12:25 (twelve years ago) link

Darn! and that's where my other quid went.

thank god I didn't shell out for the 'collector's edition 3 12" singles plus box' version.

Mark G, Thursday, 22 March 2007 12:27 (twelve years ago) link

Oh, i thought that was all one album for a (split) second, and so for an even more splitted second I was interested in Spirtualized for the first time in my life

Tom D., Thursday, 22 March 2007 12:27 (twelve years ago) link

Outkast's Idlewild is already down to a fiver. I should pick it up eh?

Stew, Thursday, 22 March 2007 14:20 (twelve years ago) link

seriously, Stew, £5 is the most you should expect to pay for anything in Fopp these days. Idlewild'll be on the £3 wall racks sooner rather than later.

Jeff W, Thursday, 22 March 2007 14:37 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

Today, seen and/or bought!

The Sly/Family Stone remasters = £5

Also, Metal Machine Music = £5

go deh!

Mark G, Friday, 25 May 2007 12:58 (twelve years ago) link

Gah, this thread always resurfaces when I have £0.00

braveclub, Friday, 25 May 2007 13:02 (twelve years ago) link

The Maidenhead Music Zone/Fopp hybrid has now closed completely.

I would like SHUT IT! for a pound.

PJ Miller, Friday, 25 May 2007 13:52 (twelve years ago) link

ah right, won't go to Maidenhead then.

I'll be visiting the Fopp in Charing cross on Friday. What's good in there at the mo?

Mark G, Friday, 25 May 2007 14:15 (twelve years ago) link

The Dictators Go Girl Crazy (£5).

I don't know if that's a good deal, but I might get it if it's still there next time I go in.

PJ Miller, Friday, 25 May 2007 14:36 (twelve years ago) link

Um, today is Friday...

Marcello Carlin, Friday, 25 May 2007 14:45 (twelve years ago) link

I meant friday next week.

Mark G, Friday, 25 May 2007 14:59 (twelve years ago) link

>> The Dictators Go Girl Crazy (£5).

It is. Get it. I know I will next week!

I wouldn't bother with their other albums though (Bloodbrothers isn't bad but not great either).

Colonel Poo, Friday, 25 May 2007 15:15 (twelve years ago) link

Exeter's Musiczone is definitely becoming a Fopp; all the POS stuff has changed, the price points, the silly genre sections, etcetera, just not the sign above the door yet.

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 25 May 2007 15:16 (twelve years ago) link

:'( Couldn't find Dictators CD in TCR Fopp...

Colonel Poo, Friday, 1 June 2007 13:30 (twelve years ago) link

I might have been hallucinating. I hallucinated it on their PUNK display rack though. Perhaps it was THE DEAD BOYS.

PJ Miller, Friday, 1 June 2007 13:43 (twelve years ago) link

I have checked though and you can get it for very cheap off the internet if you don't mind waiting for it to come from the colonies.

PJ Miller, Friday, 1 June 2007 13:43 (twelve years ago) link

Colonel PoOTM

Tom D., Friday, 1 June 2007 13:44 (twelve years ago) link

They do have Dead Boys - We Have Come For Your Children CD for a fiver.

Maybe it was on the New York/London wall by the vinyl - there was an empty shelf near Ramones/NY Dolls - could have been there.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 1 June 2007 13:46 (twelve years ago) link

Not remotely in the same league as "Go Girl Crazy" however (or even "Young, Loud and Snotty")

Tom D., Friday, 1 June 2007 13:50 (twelve years ago) link

Younger, Louder and Snottier is best.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 1 June 2007 13:51 (twelve years ago) link

No Dictators CDs available from online Fopp.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 1 June 2007 13:55 (twelve years ago) link

I must have been wrong then.

The really cheap one has gone from here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B00000253W/ref=dp_olp_2/026-3945335-0330023?ie=UTF8&qid=1180709618&sr=1-1

PJ Miller, Friday, 1 June 2007 14:54 (twelve years ago) link

I just bought it off Ebay for £4.91 inc shipping! Hurrah for saving 9p!

Colonel Poo, Friday, 1 June 2007 14:59 (twelve years ago) link

If you look after the pennies...

I wonder if Mark got anything on Friday.

PJ Miller, Monday, 4 June 2007 07:50 (twelve years ago) link

Heh!

No, I had bought more than enuff the previous week.

I did buy the Joe Strummer 'mix' CD, and actually it's fine indeed. But oh NoE!! full price! What am I, mad?

Mark G, Monday, 4 June 2007 08:24 (twelve years ago) link

The odd full price purchase does the constitution good.

PJ Miller, Monday, 4 June 2007 09:27 (twelve years ago) link

The Donnas' "Gold Medal" for £3 a week or so ago. Strange because there was an identical copy behind it in the racks for £11. It's OK, but doesn't sound as good as "Spend The Night" to me.

NJH, Monday, 4 June 2007 20:14 (twelve years ago) link

"The odd full price purchase does the constitution good."

Right up to the point where you see the same item available at half the price you just paid.

Stewart Osborne, Tuesday, 5 June 2007 09:04 (twelve years ago) link

Nirvana Live Tonight Sold Out DVD for a fiver.

Suicide Why Be Blue and A Way of Life for four pounds each.

This was in Reading. There is a "sale".

PJ Miller, Friday, 15 June 2007 19:39 (twelve years ago) link

The "sale" is rubbish

Tom D., Saturday, 16 June 2007 12:02 (twelve years ago) link

They've had those Suicide ones for ages.

I got the first two fora fiver each. The first is U&K, the second is ok for the price, those two I dunno.

Mark G, Saturday, 16 June 2007 12:23 (twelve years ago) link

Robbie Williams mad Rudebox album : £3 (and i'm loving it !)
Prince - 3121 : £3 (not in the mood for this yet - too busy laughing to Robbie)
Emma Bunton - Life in Mono : £3 (filed for a mellow day)
Adam and the Ants boxset : £15 - very tempted by this i have to say ..

hurray for stock clearances

mark e, Tuesday, 19 June 2007 12:26 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, tempted by that Robbie one. The Emma, the kids'd go for. Maybe that antbox. Prince? Still haven't got to that "Emancipation" boxset I got for £3 from Fopp back whenever.

Mark G, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 08:50 (twelve years ago) link

Emmas album is very laid back, 60s styled pop music and rather nice, if a little cheesy, perfect for when your ears need some light easy listening relief, whereas Robbies album is hilarious/offensive - easily worth the 3 coins for the sheer 'WTF!' factor, and the Pet Shop Boys tracks are gorgeous.
still not spun the Prince one ..

mark e, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 10:14 (twelve years ago) link

I never understood the criticism that album got which seemed seperate from the usual Williams hate, as if it was much worse than his other albums. It's probably his most interesting record. He did release the absolute worst choice as first single though, that didn't help.

cheasyweasel, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 10:29 (twelve years ago) link

Marketing people should pick up on this generally; there are some albums which you wouldn't mind buying for three quid but would shirk at paying full price or even the £10/11/12 Fopp new release price template, and I think both Rudebox and Life In Mono fit into that category very easily. They probably would have ended up selling more copies as well.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 10:46 (twelve years ago) link

Indeed, if Fopp sales qualified for the chart, Rob'd be outselling TakeThat now.

Mark G, Wednesday, 20 June 2007 11:03 (twelve years ago) link

Fopp going into liquidation rumours, anyone?

aldo, Friday, 22 June 2007 12:32 (twelve years ago) link

Overstretch?

Tom D., Friday, 22 June 2007 12:34 (twelve years ago) link

HMV are having a bit of a DVD chuckout sale: MIB box (2 films, 4 discs) £3.

They said they had Clockwork Orange for £3 also, but I found none save the £10 ones.

Mark G, Friday, 22 June 2007 12:47 (twelve years ago) link

Fopp going into liquidation rumours, anyone?

just came on to post this too - cheap stuff, even cheaper!

CharlieNo4, Friday, 22 June 2007 13:14 (twelve years ago) link

According to someone on the DiS boards there are three current theories amongst staff:

* closing down all but the top 40 performing stores.
* someone is buying out the bigger ones and they're closing down the smaller ones
* closing all of them

However:

But a girl who works in Fopp Truro just rang my boyfriend, who sells his band's CDs in there, to tell him to come and pick them up cos they're closing down! So from the horse's mouth, Fopp = dead...

Some other quotes/speculation:

someone on my other forum who has connections in the music world: "I'm being told by more than one source that Fopp have gone bust after being cut off by their distributors. It seems all stores are closed today."

someone else says "There are reports saying it's all one big stock take but it seems unlikely. Apparently they will all be open for trade again tomorrow."

A friend of mine who is in the music retail business in Scotland has given a pretty full picture of this but remember that NONE OF THIS IS CONFIRMED. It seems that Fopp wanted to buy Music Zone for a while knowing that they were in trouble. They waited until Music Zone went bust so that they would get all the stock cheap - the bust "Music Zone" being the debtor rather than the newly formed "MZ 2007" set up by Fopp. The distributors disagreed and billed Fopp for stock not yet paid up by Music Zone, claiming that Fopp were now responsible for all debts. Fopp refused to pay. The distributors cut Fopp off, refusing them restocks and new releases. It is being reported that they declared voluntary bankruptcy yesterday.

I'm now hearing that the company's auditors were instructed to undertake an immediate full stocktake as a consequnce of the ongoing dispute over Music Zone's stocks and that all stores are expected to be open tomorrow. Whether or not they are bankrupt is not yet confirmed.

aldo, Friday, 22 June 2007 13:21 (twelve years ago) link

This is a bit sad, I feel like me and Fopp grew up together!

Tom D., Friday, 22 June 2007 13:24 (twelve years ago) link

... still down there tomorrow to pick over the corpse! Luvvly!

Tom D., Friday, 22 June 2007 13:25 (twelve years ago) link

I feel obliged to say:

Noooo... THEY BE TAKING MY FOPP AWAY!!!!

Mark G, Friday, 22 June 2007 13:28 (twelve years ago) link

"Monsieur Fopp, Monsieur Fopp
Is it true what mummy says
You won't come back
Oh no-oh no-oh no"

Tom D., Friday, 22 June 2007 13:32 (twelve years ago) link

i know fopp is dead - long live fopp!

CharlieNo4, Friday, 22 June 2007 13:51 (twelve years ago) link

I feel obliged to say:

Noooo... THEY BE TAKING MY FOPP AWAY!!!!

Q: which one ?

was it an ex Music Zone / MVC store

djmartian, Friday, 22 June 2007 13:52 (twelve years ago) link

I was in Glasgow yesterday and didn't even go to fopp after I spent all my money in Monorailmusic.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 22 June 2007 13:56 (twelve years ago) link

No wonder they went out of business! The amount you spend on CDs!

Tom D., Friday, 22 June 2007 14:01 (twelve years ago) link

A4 sheet on the door of the Glasgow Fopp says "Closed for stock taking"

onimo, Friday, 22 June 2007 14:58 (twelve years ago) link

Where they takin it?

Mark G, Friday, 22 June 2007 15:03 (twelve years ago) link

When Quique was reissued I went into Fopp and I asked the staff when I couldn't find it (because I'm never really sure what section anything will be in there) and they said "er, no, and we can't order it because we're having trouble with distributors... (looks on computer) oh no, wait, they're with the one distribution company that's still ok, we probably could."

I've heard enough grumbling about music distros that I didn't think much of it at the time, but now I've read this news...

Maybe it's hypocritical to be sad at Fopp going because when they opened here (only last year) I was annoyed that the independent shops would have to close and they did, but I'd take a Fopp over not having anywhere except HMV and Virgin, which is what Oxford will have by the end of the year.

a passing spacecadet, Friday, 22 June 2007 15:05 (twelve years ago) link

Any point in my going to the TCR one in about an hour's time or is that closed for stock taking as well?

Marcello Carlin, Friday, 22 June 2007 15:13 (twelve years ago) link

Checked elsewhere and TCR is shut for "stock taking" although there appears to be little stock taking going on and quite a lot of plastic crates in situ.

Marcello Carlin, Friday, 22 June 2007 15:38 (twelve years ago) link

same situation in Bristol ..

mark e, Friday, 22 June 2007 15:59 (twelve years ago) link

the stock-taking is apparently to see what assets they have, if they are bankrupt or not.

i remember the day i fell in love with fopp. in HMV in Union Street in Glasgow i'd found Deserters Songs - but it was £17.99! I really wanted it but thought I'd try the NKOTB across the road, where I found it for £7, and a whole load of other treasures besides

i blame amazon marketplace for taking my eye off the ball :(

bakerstreetsaxsolo, Friday, 22 June 2007 16:11 (twelve years ago) link

I got vouchers for Father's Day :-(

Having said that, on Monday they were having a "warehouse clearance" so perhaps that will continue until their warehouse is cleared.

It would be good to know for sure if they're going to be open tomorrow so that I can use my vouchers, so if anyone knows...

Griff Rhy Jones was in buying cheapo DVDS on Monday, perhaps he had insider information.

PJ Miller, Friday, 22 June 2007 16:14 (twelve years ago) link

Apparently Fopp has been having distro problems for a while. The manager of a certain rubbish Glasgow rock trio whose name rhymes with Whiffy Spiro apparently went into one of the Glasgow stores and had a go at the manager as there were no copies available in the two Fopps. Not the staff's fault of course - the distro had refused to send it out.

Stew, Friday, 22 June 2007 21:38 (twelve years ago) link

I bet HMV and co will be delighted if FOPP goes. People weren't paying a tenner for their cds because FOPP was a fiver.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 22 June 2007 21:43 (twelve years ago) link

I wonder if its the same situation as happened with Missing Records.
They expanded to lots of shops and the money wasn't there. Missing had trouble with paying bills for years and a few times they weren't getting new stuff in. They closed some shops and concentrated on the one store. Then they closed the basement of that and eventually moved to a smaller shop and then after a while went second hand only because they couldn't get new stuff in.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 22 June 2007 21:46 (twelve years ago) link

So did anyone get into FOPP today?

Or are they all still shut?

Mark G, Saturday, 23 June 2007 18:03 (twelve years ago) link

i didn't go in but apparently most were open today and only accepting cash "because the credit card machines are out of order" :/

jed_, Saturday, 23 June 2007 18:07 (twelve years ago) link

I see..

Just checked the website (online ordering, etc)

Due to circumstances beyond our control we cannot currently take orders online. We should be back to full operation early next week. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. -Fopp Webteam

Mark G, Saturday, 23 June 2007 18:14 (twelve years ago) link

If Fopp can't survive in the current climate then every other bricks and mortar operation may as well pack up now.

Billy Dods, Saturday, 23 June 2007 20:06 (twelve years ago) link

<i>If Fopp can't survive in the current climate</i>

this sounds like a specific cock-up rather than a general decline -- even if they weren't overstretching themselves anyway by adding 60+ stores to 40something. The credit card thing is a dead giveaway -- cash taken in for current stock presumably easier to hide from the MVC creditors' lawyers if this story is true.

byebyepride, Saturday, 23 June 2007 21:40 (twelve years ago) link

I managed to offload my vouchers in the Reading shop. (Phew!)

But now that I know about it, it does seem quite obvious that the stocks are not being replenished. There were no crazy bargains to be had (unlike TCR last Monday) and the satff seemed to have a (possibly imagined) air of resignation. And there were only three of them.

What I got with my vouchers-

Folk is not a Four Letter Word Vol 1
Suicide - 2nd Album

and from TCR carzy bargain warehouse clearance last Monday (price in pounds in brackets) -

Classics from John Peel's All-Time Festive Fifty (1)
Sonic Youth - The Destroyed Room (3)
The Style Council - Our Favourite Shop 2 CD Deluxe Edition (3)
The Shadows of Love Intense Tamla 1966-1968 (1)
Hard Workin' Man The Jack Nitzsche Story Volume 2 (1)
and
Soundgarden - Screaming Life/Fopp (1) (didn't really want this, but got it to make it up to a tenner for the lot - would have preferred TAD).

I reckon TCR is still worth a look if they are still having a "warehouse clearance".

Bargain hunters may be more interested in the HMV sale, particularly for DVDs. 14 Hitchcock films for 25 quid, although our Rear Window is faulty and has to go back :-(

If the rumours for the reasons behind Fopp's difficulties are true, I have to say what a bunch of prize plonkers.

PJ Miller, Sunday, 24 June 2007 09:14 (twelve years ago) link

update:

http://tinyurl.com/yvepzh

<i>Fopp, the third largest high street music retailer, has launched a strategic review with its bankers as it struggles to cope with tough market conditions, according to sources close to the company. The company closed its 50 stores on Friday for an extra-ordinary stock take that rang alarm bells with landlords and advisers. The move came just a week after the company told publishers to halt book supplies on both new orders and range replenishments. Gordon Montgomery, the chairman and a major shareholder, denied the company is considering calling in the administrators although he admitted there are problems with falling sales. He said: "We are experiencing difficulties. However, I can categorically state we will not go into administration."</i>

djmartian, Sunday, 24 June 2007 13:56 (twelve years ago) link

I wish I'd read this thread on Friday before buying a substantial ammount of Fopp vouchers for my best mate's birthday. Bollocks.

rockford, Sunday, 24 June 2007 22:49 (twelve years ago) link

Where is TCR? What is it?

Mark G, Monday, 25 June 2007 07:12 (twelve years ago) link

Tottenham Court Road, Mark. Da big Fopp.

Vouchers still valid, Rockford. Also the receipt for goods purchased with vouchers is the same as any other receipt, so if absolutely desperate you could buy something and then take it back under the "suck it and see" clause.

PJ Miller, Monday, 25 June 2007 08:05 (twelve years ago) link

Ach, TotCtRd.

Guess Rdg won't have an "FavShop" for £3. Will check tho.

Mark G, Monday, 25 June 2007 08:26 (twelve years ago) link

TCR update? time's a wastin.
-- Roughage Crew (Enrique), Monday, July 17, 2006 1:36 PM (11 months ago) Bookmark Link

What's TCR, my friend?
-- mark grout (mark grout), Monday, July 17, 2006 1:39 PM (11 months ago) Bookmark Link

The stop on the Northern Line between WS and LS.
-- Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, July 17, 2006 1:51 PM (11 months ago) Bookmark Link

or GS and LS.
-- Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, July 17, 2006 1:51 PM (11 months ago) Bookmark Link

Tottingham Court Road.
I wish to vist Fopp today.

-- PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Monday, July 17, 2006 1:51 PM (11 months ago) Bookmark Link

That one guy that quit, Monday, 25 June 2007 08:31 (twelve years ago) link

dvds in hmv are mad cheap right now. it does look like fopp has overextended itself.

re "closing down all but the top 40 performing stores." -- amazed they have even 20 anyway. it wasn't so long ago that they had about six.

That one guy that quit, Monday, 25 June 2007 08:34 (twelve years ago) link

OK, so I keep thiinking it's some sort of "Total Control Retail" named shop about to go under. Baah,,,,,////....

Mark G, Monday, 25 June 2007 08:46 (twelve years ago) link

Reckless in Berwick Street is temporarily "back" though - even if they're calling themselves Revival Records; it's the same stock and the same staff, but it looks as though they're simply selling off the stock they already have and then will probably go 100% online.

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 25 June 2007 09:38 (twelve years ago) link

this has already happened with 2nd hand bookshops a lot, but regular bookshops still seem to survive -- unlike, apparently, regular record shops. hmv and waterstones are in the same company. i suppose the advantage of a bookshop is you can go in and check the goods before purchase, but with cds there's no real advantage over the internet unless they've got a bbig sale on. which can't be good for profits.

That one guy that quit, Monday, 25 June 2007 09:50 (twelve years ago) link

re "closing down all but the top 40 performing stores." -- amazed they have even 20 anyway. it wasn't so long ago that they had about six.

i'm amazed they have so many too, it seems a bit foolish, really. fwiw, the first 6 fopps were in scotland before you had even heard of fopp.

jed_, Monday, 25 June 2007 12:22 (twelve years ago) link

can't download a book

acrobat, Monday, 25 June 2007 12:33 (twelve years ago) link

So is Revival/Reckless any cheaper or are the prices the same as before they closed?

Anyone been to TCR Fopp today?

Colonel Poo, Monday, 25 June 2007 12:33 (twelve years ago) link

I went to Reading Fopp, it's like they say: No sale other than cash, no price reductions, noticeable thinning of stock.

Mark G, Monday, 25 June 2007 12:39 (twelve years ago) link

what a palarver.

That one guy that quit, Monday, 25 June 2007 12:44 (twelve years ago) link

It shows what I know, but I thought that if I had to pick one music chain store that might not see a long-term decline of sales and/ or revenue, it might be Fopp, since their prices were just about rational. This is all a bit of a pity.

Neil S, Monday, 25 June 2007 12:54 (twelve years ago) link

I still feel like it was "our little secret" as HMV is madly packed at weekends and evenings/late shopping days.

Mark G, Monday, 25 June 2007 12:57 (twelve years ago) link

So, at the risk of this thread having not much longer to run:

What's cheap at Fopp still?

The Sly/Family Stone remasters are still a fiver, although they only had "A whole new world" left.

(Special TCR offers don't count: Help the UK here)

Mark G, Monday, 25 June 2007 12:58 (twelve years ago) link

Revival/Reckless - same prices and in most cases the same price tags.

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 25 June 2007 13:44 (twelve years ago) link

I still feel like it was "our little secret" as HMV is madly packed at weekends and evenings/late shopping days.

-- Mark G, Monday, June 25, 2007 6:57 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Link

yeah -- even though it's huge and everywhere, i still meet people who havne't heard of it. i guess it doesn't advertise as much as hmv.

i am so there for the sly remasters.

That one guy that quit, Monday, 25 June 2007 14:04 (twelve years ago) link

You may be too late tho.

Mark G, Monday, 25 June 2007 14:11 (twelve years ago) link

It's still there, isn't it? Was on Sunday anyway.

Tom D., Tuesday, 26 June 2007 09:24 (twelve years ago) link

i'm going to the cambridge branch in a bit. i am sure i went to TCR on friday and that it was open, tbh. my memory may be shot, i guess.

That one guy that quit, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 09:36 (twelve years ago) link

I think I'm going to take a look at the TCR one at lunch today.

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 09:51 (twelve years ago) link

If they've got a cheap "Our fav shop" grab me one?

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 10:02 (twelve years ago) link

Well that was rubbish. Same as usual except they only take cash. Supposedly a sale on but it was one aisle of crap.

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 13:24 (twelve years ago) link

However, if you're looking for Twisted Sister live albums, today's your lucky day.

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 13:24 (twelve years ago) link

I also went to day, marvelled at the aisle of crap, and left empty-handed. I did have a look for Our Favourite Shop though, and they had four copies @ 15 quid a pop. Makes me wonder if that feeding frenzy was all a dream.

There was a recenet Bert Jansch album for a quid, if anyone digs that kind of thing. It boasts Bernie Butler, Hope Sandoval and Dave Swarbrick among its guest appearances. I bet it's quite good, but I couldn't be arsed.

PJ Miller, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 18:35 (twelve years ago) link

they didn't have very many sly albums in cambridge. they also had a sale o'crap.

That one guy that quit, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 18:46 (twelve years ago) link

Ah well, all I can say is:

GET WELL SOON, FOPP!

Mark G, Wednesday, 27 June 2007 08:33 (twelve years ago) link

Well, I went to get (or find) what may be gone forever if I don't buy it now:

The first two Stooges CDs with the extra discs, £6 each.

May be the last time, I don't know.....

Mark G, Wednesday, 27 June 2007 13:00 (twelve years ago) link

couldn't find the general thread about british record shops dying so i'll put it here

HMV on the slide

In the heart of London's record-collecting district, more and more small shops are pulling down their shutters for the last time.

acrobat, Thursday, 28 June 2007 08:27 (twelve years ago) link

But note that sales are up by 3.8% by value, so it must be their costs that are the problem. Or just that margins are being squeezed by having to sell things at a more reasonable price. Given that prices are falling, that 3.8% increase must equate to a much larger rise in volumes.

All this is further evidence that we're actually doing OK in the UK, especially in comparison with the US. We now buy the most music per head of any country in the world.

Jamie T Smith, Thursday, 28 June 2007 08:41 (twelve years ago) link

And Fopp's troubles seem entirely self-inflicted.

(They lost £15 of my business with this cash only lark. I left my CDs on the counter.)

Jamie T Smith, Thursday, 28 June 2007 08:43 (twelve years ago) link

I do hope the Oxford Street HMV keeps its range, though. It's pretty special.

It has got noticeably worse recently, though. The singles section was pretty amazing and is now not, although you can understand that.

You'd think it could make sense to keep it as the (possibly loss-leading) flagship store, even if sales migrate online.

Jamie T Smith, Thursday, 28 June 2007 08:47 (twelve years ago) link

So if the distributors are refusing to deal with Fopp, who exactly are they selling to instead? You would have thought they'd be glad of the business in the current climate, or maybe I'm misunderstanding the way it works.

Matt #2, Thursday, 28 June 2007 08:58 (twelve years ago) link

If Oxford Circus HMV loses its range we may as well shut the door on London and turn off the light.

Marcello Carlin, Thursday, 28 June 2007 09:02 (twelve years ago) link

I DID think it was strange that they didn't have the new Pet Shop Boys album in both TCR and Cambridge Circus Fopp's that I went into last night! Oh...

Sarah, Thursday, 28 June 2007 10:37 (twelve years ago) link

They're out of the Wilburys too.

Mark G, Thursday, 28 June 2007 11:45 (twelve years ago) link

the fopp in central glasgow was shut today

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 28 June 2007 18:09 (twelve years ago) link

tcr fopp had fewer sly LPs than cambridge ;_;

That one guy that quit, Thursday, 28 June 2007 18:17 (twelve years ago) link

<i>He (HMV spokesperson) added that efforts were under way to "reduce our dependence" on the sale of physical music such as CDs.

These efforts include selling digital downloads in store and continuing to expand its online business. </i>

Is there any demand for digital downloads in store?

Bob Six, Thursday, 28 June 2007 18:29 (twelve years ago) link

supposedly it's all over. gone. kaput. adios.

stirmonster, Thursday, 28 June 2007 18:53 (twelve years ago) link

The Glasgow one has been closed since the initial "stocktaking" thing.

From: http://www.retail-week.com/nav?page=retailweek.news.detail&resource=6897573

In its accounts for the year to April 2006, Fopp posted a £184,000 profit on sales of £40 million.

That is one shitty sales:profit ratio.

onimo, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:04 (twelve years ago) link

The Times:

Music chain in talks with administrators
http://tinyurl.com/29d99x
Fopp, one of Britain's biggest music retailers, is readying to appoint Ernst & Young amid crisis talks with bankers

djmartian, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:07 (twelve years ago) link

after telling some staff that they would not receive their pay packet tomorrow

Let's hope the staff emptied those cash only tills before going home.

onimo, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:17 (twelve years ago) link

what a mess :(

That one guy that quit, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:27 (twelve years ago) link

this is our tower records

That one guy that quit, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:27 (twelve years ago) link

the chain of ruin...

Woolworths sell MVC stores to a new private company who run into cashflow problems and go into administration, who then sell the stores onto to Music Zone who run into cashflow problems and enter administration, company is wound up, after this Fopp agree to acquire 67 Music Zone stores in February and now in June 2007 it seems Fopp have called in the administrators.

Classic case of expanding too fast without the necessary finance.

There are three likely outcomes now:

1 Fopp are sold to a private equity company who inject cash into the company with Gordon Montgomery staying on [the current Chairman and founder]. This could be an option of agreeing to taking ownership of a company for a significantly reduced price but taking on existing debt and short-term cashflow problems. Gordon Montgomery would see his shareholdings in the company significantly reduced.

2 another retail? company acquires Fopp, but who?

3 The administrator cannot find a private equity partner or a company to buy Fopp as a going concern and the company is wound up.

djmartian, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:28 (twelve years ago) link

i hadn't realized they'd taken on MVC/Music Zone. doh!

That one guy that quit, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:32 (twelve years ago) link

Music Zone opened a shop on the ground floor of the old Tower Records building in Glasgow in December. It lasted about 5 minutes.

onimo, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:34 (twelve years ago) link

this is a real tragedy.

jed_, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:37 (twelve years ago) link

trying to buy those stores was totally foolish though.

jed_, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:38 (twelve years ago) link

also Fopp opened a new Fopp store in Cumbernauld earlier this month.

http://www.fopp.co.uk/news_archive.php/article/47
FOPP comes to Cumbernauld!
general fopp news posted at Fri, 08 June 2007 17:40

Good news, we have just opened the doors to a brand new store
in the West of Scotland's newest shopping mall – The Antonine Centre,
our 11th Scottish store, since opening our first in Glasgow 26 years ago!

Also the acquired Music Zone stores have not been converted into the Fopp brand yet.

djmartian, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:40 (twelve years ago) link

"yet" !

jed_, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:41 (twelve years ago) link

i guess i just don't understand the desire for wild expansion. surely they would just say, ok we have 25 stores, thats enough.

jed_, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:44 (twelve years ago) link

was it a public company?

That one guy that quit, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:45 (twelve years ago) link

i think it was privately owned - that's why i can't understant it.

jed_, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:46 (twelve years ago) link

my mate was in FOPP in glasgow on monday or tuesday. So it's def not been shut since the "stocktaking"

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:49 (twelve years ago) link

ward f says it was closed today.

jed_, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:51 (twelve years ago) link

i mean that it was opened since then. Someone said it hadnt been open since last week.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:59 (twelve years ago) link

Fopp is a privately owned company - ltd company, Gordon Montgomery is the main shareholder.

I would say the Fopp brand is much stronger than MVC or Music Zone - a shrewd private equity company may be willing to take a majority ownership stake in Fopp - for a significantly reduced price - if it can be agreed with the administrators / existing Fopp private share holders.

Would Gordon Montgomery want to give up that ownership for the sake of the survival of the company that he has built up over 26 years? He would have reduced ownership and control, and in theory would have to work on behalf of the new private equity investors?

djmartian, Thursday, 28 June 2007 20:05 (twelve years ago) link

stirmonster, was Gordon Montogery the red haired guy that used to work in A1 sounds (and presumably owned it too)?

jed_, Thursday, 28 June 2007 20:12 (twelve years ago) link

he sure was. he was a pretty nifty jazz dj too. his brother in law was terry hall. i am a mine of useless gordon montgomery factoids.

stirmonster, Thursday, 28 June 2007 20:14 (twelve years ago) link

haha, i loved that store.

jed_, Thursday, 28 June 2007 20:16 (twelve years ago) link

it was the best record store glasgow ever had (probably).

stirmonster, Thursday, 28 June 2007 20:17 (twelve years ago) link

It was closed on Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday when I passed. It may well have been open on Monday but it seems a bit odd if it was.

xp to pfunkboy

onimo, Thursday, 28 June 2007 20:26 (twelve years ago) link

I think it was monday my mate emailed to say he was in it. he said he was hoping to get some cds in a closing down sale but everything was normal. he didnt buy anything.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Thursday, 28 June 2007 20:49 (twelve years ago) link

I tracked this personal account about the circumstances at FOPP

http://www.the-engine.net/forum/?webtag=ENGINE&msg=9753.1

...but the third largest record chain went out of business today, the day before they were due to pay their staff, after stringing them along for a week or so.
All of this comes via my girlfriend, who worked for them, but this'll certainly have a lot more info than anything else currently online........

djmartian, Thursday, 28 June 2007 20:54 (twelve years ago) link

Glad I bought them stooges CDs yesterday.

Mark G, Thursday, 28 June 2007 22:06 (twelve years ago) link

RIP Fopp. The best record store Leamington Spa ever had for sure. This stinks.

Ned Trifle II, Thursday, 28 June 2007 22:10 (twelve years ago) link

inside info on the Plan B forum:

Fopp Closing Down?
http://tinyurl.com/36lqd5

djmartian, Thursday, 28 June 2007 22:17 (twelve years ago) link

another update by The Times: 29th June

Fopp in talks with bankers after music stores close
http://tinyurl.com/39jzn2

Fopp, one the country’s biggest music store groups, is preparing to appoint Colin Dempster of Ernst & Young as administrator as it warned some staff not to expect their monthly pay

djmartian, Friday, 29 June 2007 00:06 (twelve years ago) link

the man that will try to save Fopp:

Colin Dempster, Ernst & Young, Corporate Restructuring
http://tinyurl.com/2kq4mw

djmartian, Friday, 29 June 2007 00:12 (twelve years ago) link

It's over for FOPP, I am told.

Saxby D. Elder, Friday, 29 June 2007 03:54 (twelve years ago) link

well thats it for bristol then.
nothing left now that all the indies were run out of town.
just crappy HMV (for a few more months) and Virgin.
oh and Woolies of course.

mark e, Friday, 29 June 2007 07:28 (twelve years ago) link

The 184,000 profit on 40 mill turnover posted upthread I can believe -- the Fopp business model has presumably always operated on low margins, and obviously the only way to grow a business like that is to take a little bit of money in a lot of places, hence I can see why expansion might be attractive, esp. if you thought you would be dancing on the grave of HMV / Virgin. But can't see this business being attractive to anyone else, particularly.

Maybe successful stores will continue if chain is broken up?

byebyepride, Friday, 29 June 2007 07:29 (twelve years ago) link

swallowing the higher than expected debt of MVC (£20million+ according to one person in the know) was the killer.
sounds like someone did some clever accouting during the MVC deal and now Fopp (and its staff of course) are paying the price.

mark e, Friday, 29 June 2007 07:50 (twelve years ago) link

So, what do we do now?

Returning to the original 'question', are we spoilt now? Heck, I did wait for those Nick Drake 'new' cds to come out at a cheap price. In truth, I was even planning to wait for the new 'family tree' to do the same. But, what do we do now? Stump up? Or end up saying "Actually, I didn't really need it anyway" and go along not thinking about it, like Baloo says.

So, I have a reasonably decent backlog of stuff I haven't quite played enough, some not played at all yet.

For opening up and bucking the trend of selling CDs cheaply without selling pure quizi-hallmark crapola, against the trend of 'all sales to centre on downloads', we thank ye.

Mark G, Friday, 29 June 2007 08:28 (twelve years ago) link

So, are they open today or not? And does us circling like hawks waiting for panic sales help or hinder their cause?

Jamie T Smith, Friday, 29 June 2007 10:25 (twelve years ago) link

Should think they'll be shut. If you worked there and found out you weren't gonna get paid, would you turn up for work?

NickB, Friday, 29 June 2007 10:34 (twelve years ago) link

If I was in charge of marking down sale stock, which I could then purchase with a staff discount, yes.

Jamie T Smith, Friday, 29 June 2007 10:34 (twelve years ago) link

pour out a 40

That one guy that quit, Friday, 29 June 2007 10:37 (twelve years ago) link

which I could then purchase with a staff discount, yes

Fuck the purchase option, if I was losing a months wages I'd be taking my wages in box sets and dvds.

Billy Dods, Friday, 29 June 2007 10:42 (twelve years ago) link

exactly. staff discount LOL.

jed_, Friday, 29 June 2007 10:44 (twelve years ago) link

(too honest for own good)

But anyway, if you can mark down a box set to £2, why not?

Jamie T Smith, Friday, 29 June 2007 10:48 (twelve years ago) link

This is all a bit unworthy. I hope the administrators can keep at least some stores going.

This all makes me want to open a record store, strangely. How hard can it be? Finsbury Park needs one!

Jamie T Smith, Friday, 29 June 2007 10:50 (twelve years ago) link

This all makes me want to open a record store, strangely. How hard can it be? Finsbury Park needs one!

Indeed it does! You know the hairdresser (or is it a minicab office now - i left FP 9 months ago and my memory is fading) at the bottom of Stroud Green Road, just before the bridge by the tube - the one that looks like its in a garden shed? A secton of that used to be record shop! A tiny one selling reggae and a bit of hip ho - closed about 3 years ago. Considering the large AfroCaribbean community, I'm suprised that didn't survive.

Robin G, Friday, 29 June 2007 10:56 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah I know where you mean. I never went in, though.

Jamie T Smith, Friday, 29 June 2007 11:00 (twelve years ago) link

also Fopp opened a new Fopp store in Cumbernauld earlier this month.

Opening a record shop in Cumbernod? No wonder they've went out of business!

Tom D., Friday, 29 June 2007 11:08 (twelve years ago) link

Did they get John Gordon Sinclair and Clare Grogan to open it?

Marcello Carlin, Friday, 29 June 2007 11:18 (twelve years ago) link

just got this press release:

'It is with great regret that we announce the closure of Fopp.

Our store chain is profitable, well regarded and loved by our loyal customers and staff. However we have failed to gain the necessary support from major stakeholders, suppliers and their credit insurers to generate sufficient working capital to run our expanding business.

We would like to thank staff and customers for their support over the past 25 years'

ENDS

A fopp spokesperson

scottpl, Friday, 29 June 2007 12:25 (twelve years ago) link

It's the Day the Music Died

Tom D., Friday, 29 June 2007 12:27 (twelve years ago) link

I'm actually quite stoked about this.

jim, Friday, 29 June 2007 12:29 (twelve years ago) link

What, about several hundred people losing their jobs? Not a cause for celebration, surely...

Neil S, Friday, 29 June 2007 12:33 (twelve years ago) link

As it was the only shop (about from...cough...IKEA) that I couldn't leave without having purchased several items I'm annoyed that they seemed to have cocked it up with the purchase of MVC/whatever the hell it was called. Godammit I HATE going in HMV or Virgin.

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 29 June 2007 12:42 (twelve years ago) link

xpost. Well it would have been less people if they hadn't decided to go on an expansion rampage while their business was already failing, opening shops all over the shop while their existing ones weren't even viable.

jim, Friday, 29 June 2007 12:43 (twelve years ago) link

That's not those staff members' fault though, is it?

Neil S, Friday, 29 June 2007 12:45 (twelve years ago) link

xpost. Well it would have been less people if they hadn't decided to go on an expansion rampage while their business was already failing, opening shops all over the shop while their existing ones weren't even viable.

-- jim, Friday, June 29, 2007 6:43 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

fewer. why are you 'stoked' though? you were personally offended by fopp's expansion?

That one guy that quit, Friday, 29 June 2007 12:47 (twelve years ago) link

"Disaster for Scotland!"*

(obscure 70's football references-R-us)

Tom D., Friday, 29 June 2007 12:47 (twelve years ago) link

xpost. Aye.

jim, Friday, 29 June 2007 12:51 (twelve years ago) link

Profitable - yes. But at 4.6% of revenue, no-one would be interested in putting money into this as an investment.

They could of course get VC and change strategy, but they would need to avoid a strategy that brings them into direct conflict with HMV. They'll lose that battle.

Everyone I know who uses Fopp pretty much only buys cheapo items - they would need to find a way to subsidise that by selling more close-to-full-price product. Their marketing strategy was pretty naive - you can use the bargain basement strategy to gain share, but pretty soon you need to change tack to start making some money. They never got to the making money stage, yet foolishly expanded at a rate that their cash flow couldn't support.

Their stores were laid out pretty badly (for them) - lots of cheap CDs near the door and on big displays, but few incentives to buy more expensive items i.e buy this CD for £10 and get another for £4.

Dr.C, Friday, 29 June 2007 12:59 (twelve years ago) link

They never got to the making money stage, yet foolishly expanded at a rate that their cash flow couldn't support.

I'm sure the first few stores made money.

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:07 (twelve years ago) link

They did perfectly well for 15-20 years or so

Tom D., Friday, 29 June 2007 13:08 (twelve years ago) link

Sad to think that there were four record shops in Byres Road and now there's only Lost in Music left.

Billy Dods, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:13 (twelve years ago) link

Making enough money (to expand as they wanted).

Yes, they did well until they tried to expand too fast. One bad decision.

Dr.C, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:14 (twelve years ago) link

employees not paid this month = sadface

Alan, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:16 (twelve years ago) link

That's exactly what I said exactly one week ago! (xp)

Tom D., Friday, 29 June 2007 13:17 (twelve years ago) link

I would have thought that there is no way out of this, unless they can sell off a lot of newly acquired stores and some of the least successful old stores. They would have to then start again with a core of stores and a new strategy. I'd say it's viable, but of marginal interest to investors.

Dr.C, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:17 (twelve years ago) link

if their store chains are "profitable" then not paying their employees for a month of work is surely against the law?!!

Tracer Hand, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:23 (twelve years ago) link

i mean i don't know how bankruptcy works in the UK, but if you're "profitable" in the US, you don't get to do the whole "here's a briefcase full of money, representing a penny for each pound i owe you - take it or leave it" gambit

Tracer Hand, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:25 (twelve years ago) link

They owe the employees and they owe the bank. Usually the bank wins.

Dr.C, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:26 (twelve years ago) link

employees not paid this month = sadface

That really sucks. Especially because they must have seen this coming.

jim, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:34 (twelve years ago) link

if they owe both employees and the bank then they are operating under a very different definition of "profitable" than the one most people i know are familiar with

Tracer Hand, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:47 (twelve years ago) link

That "profitable" was for 2006. 2007 has seen stupid expansion, no cashflow, no stock replenishment, closed shops and no business. I don't think their balance sheet will lack red numbers for 07.

onimo, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:49 (twelve years ago) link

so what they meant was "our stores WERE profitable". i guess it was just an honest verb tense mixup.

Tracer Hand, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:52 (twelve years ago) link

Thing is: Record shops are in a constant state of 'debit', are they not?

Mark G, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:53 (twelve years ago) link

That said, you can carry debt and be a "profitable" business as long as you're servicing said debt with agreed payments.

onimo, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:54 (twelve years ago) link

re: if their store chains are "profitable" then not paying their employees for a month of work is surely against the law?!!

The Fopp shops were profitable pre the acquisition of 67 stores from Music Zone, and since then (February 2007) they have closed over half of these !

More from The Times

Fopp confirms closure of all music stores
http://tinyurl.com/364g58

Other sources questioned whether the chain was profitable and it is thought it may have over-reached itself with the acquisition of 68 Music Zone stores from the administrator in February.

Of those stores it bought it later had to shut some 37 and now has around 81 stores in total.

With the debt of acquiring the Music Zone stores, plus the costs and loss of turnover of closing over half of these post acquisition - has hemorrhaged cash from the business.

In acquiring Music Zone stores from the administrators Deloitte, - Fopp obviously didn't probably analyse the implications of how many stores they could afford to take on. The additional costs of conversion, the financing of the debt, turnover in a difficult retail trading conditions, the working capital required to keep the business going.

They acquired too many stores and just didn't have the finance to continue.

How much did they pay to acquire the Music Zone shops?

Apparently this was financed by short term floating debt, with high interest rates

Why weren't the legal implications of Music Zone stock sorted with lawyers and accountants before they agreed to take over the Music Zone stores?

djmartian, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:55 (twelve years ago) link

I am glad I got rid of those vouchers, yet slightly annoyed that they seemed to have put big "vouchers available" signs up in every aisle this week.

I will miss them, and I will miss this thread.

I reckon, "suck it and see" must have been pretty dire for profits, much as I loved it myself.

PJ Miller, Friday, 29 June 2007 13:58 (twelve years ago) link

Would another retailer buy the Fopp chain / brand?

Tesco: Are always looking to expand

WHsmith: Once owned Our Price.

Woolworths: would they buy the Fopp Brand for a knock down price and once again enter the specialist music chain business.

djmartian, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:02 (twelve years ago) link

Sir Alan Sugar

Tom D., Friday, 29 June 2007 14:03 (twelve years ago) link

if they owe both employees and the bank then they are operating under a very different definition of "profitable" than the one most people i know are familiar with

Onimo is right. Many companies run with high levels of debt at the same time as being profitable. It's not realistic to fund operations with cash. But if they get to a situation when investors not only don't see a positive return in the medium term, but think they may actally lose money, with no prospect of ever getting it back, they'll cut and run.

Dr.C, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:04 (twelve years ago) link

Funny, I had to rescue this thread from "unanswered questions" before it managed to get going...

Mark G, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:05 (twelve years ago) link

PJM - I shall miss your exhortations for people to 'suck it and see' when ever they're not sure about a record. :)

I never used that facility myself. That must mean that I'm still sucking.

Dr.C, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:07 (twelve years ago) link

So...*cough*...anybody heard anything about a closing down sale?

Matt #2, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:08 (twelve years ago) link

That never happens

Tom D., Friday, 29 June 2007 14:09 (twelve years ago) link

Presumably distributors get their stock back - or some of it.

Dr.C, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:11 (twelve years ago) link

I remember the Virgin Megastore in Glasgow (beside Central Station) had a closing down sale - there were queues outside it - but that's the last one I remember

Tom D., Friday, 29 June 2007 14:13 (twelve years ago) link

It is thought the stores are closed temporarily and some may be re-opened once the administrator has examined the books.

So, who knows (as yet)

Mark G, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:17 (twelve years ago) link

It is thought the stores are closed temporarily and some may be re-opened once the administrator has examined the books.

I never reckoned much with the book section myself.

NickB, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:20 (twelve years ago) link

RIP Fopp. The best record store Leamington Spa ever had for sure. This stinks.

-- Ned Trifle II, Thursday, 28 June 2007 22:10 (Yesterday) Link

Amen - the internet will be the only option for me now :(

tpp, Friday, 29 June 2007 14:28 (twelve years ago) link

Analysts say that the chain has been hit by the rise of supermarkets and online retailers selling CDs and DVDs, as well as the surging popularity of downloading music from the internet.

I can't see supermarkets in direct competition with Fopp apart from new release indie albums, which were (I assume) a tiny part of Fopp's sales.

Where else can you pick up all this back catalogue stuff new, assuming you want a physical disk?

onimo, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:06 (twelve years ago) link

supermarkets are not the main competition for fopp.

That one guy that quit, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:10 (twelve years ago) link

Where else can you pick up all this back catalogue stuff new, assuming you want a physical disk?

Amazon. Often for the same price.

Dr.C, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:11 (twelve years ago) link

Internet sales are probably a bigger problem for high street stores than downloading, illegal or otherwise, I should think.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:14 (twelve years ago) link

Aye, that's my belief.

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:16 (twelve years ago) link

supermarkets are not the main competition for fopp.

Indeed. So why so many outlets?

Tom D., Friday, 29 June 2007 15:17 (twelve years ago) link

I thought most Amazon marketplace stuff was 2nd hand, or at least the stuff that was comparable with Fopp on price? Also Amazon marketplace = + postage.

Fopp's online shop was a bit of a mess to navigate for most of its life, I think the statement above re online/download sales is true for most retailers except Fopp.

onimo, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:21 (twelve years ago) link

Between Amazon and HMV.co.uk you can get pretty much anything at the price Fopp would have had it, I'd wager. It may be second-hand from a seller, or sourced from Caiman or whatever, or take two weeks, but it's do-able.

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:22 (twelve years ago) link

but for how long?

Mark G, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:23 (twelve years ago) link

I thought most Amazon marketplace stuff was 2nd hand, or at least the stuff that was comparable with Fopp on price? Also Amazon marketplace = + postage.

a lot of it is new + what nick said

That one guy that quit, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:24 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah lots is brand new. Same for ebay shops.

Dr.C, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:26 (twelve years ago) link

In reality there aren't many big players in the UK online CD shopping market in the UK:

big 3 "internet only" e-commerce CD retailers

Amazon (the market leaders)
CD-Wow (limited range)
Play.com

lesser known:

Powerplay direct
Streetsonline / Audiostreet
thehut.com

Specialists retailers that have e-commerce websites:
HMV
Virgin Megastores

major retailers that sell CDs on-line:
Asda
Boots [powered by theHut.com]
WHSmith
Woolworths
Tesco

Sainsburys have stopped selling CDs on-line.

djmartian, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:36 (twelve years ago) link

You're forgetting something: www.ebay.co.uk

Colonel Poo, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:42 (twelve years ago) link

eBay is an e-commerce platform made up of many sellers

http://music.ebay.co.uk/

djmartian, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:49 (twelve years ago) link

Thanks for that link - not sure it'll catch on though.

Matt DC, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:52 (twelve years ago) link

rofl

onimo, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:52 (twelve years ago) link

Yes, I know, but since we're talking about websites taking business away from high street stores, Ebay is huge.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:52 (twelve years ago) link

xpost!

Colonel Poo, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:53 (twelve years ago) link

It's cheaper for me to buy cds and lps from the USA, even with their recent hike in postage charges.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 29 June 2007 15:56 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, a few times lately I've ordered stuff from Amazon.com and even with $7 postage it generally works out at only about $20 or so, and current exchange rate makes that a tenner, there or thereabouts.

Scik Mouthy, Friday, 29 June 2007 16:11 (twelve years ago) link

gotta watch out for customs :(

That one guy that quit, Friday, 29 June 2007 16:12 (twelve years ago) link

Not if it's a 'gift' which it will be if the seller has any sense

DJ Mencap, Friday, 29 June 2007 16:24 (twelve years ago) link

I got busted a couple of times by customs ordering from CDNow way back when. There's still a limit for gifts, but I think it's quite a bit higher.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 29 June 2007 16:25 (twelve years ago) link

caiman have stiffed me twice on that score. it was still cheaper than uk though.

That one guy that quit, Friday, 29 June 2007 16:25 (twelve years ago) link

I must say I balked at paying the $7 postage charge US->UK the other day. Monsieur le Fopp's £5 and £6 racks really have spoiled me! Now I even quibble at paying more than $12 (inc postage) on Amazon marketplace. :(

/stingygit

Jeff W, Friday, 29 June 2007 16:49 (twelve years ago) link

how do you afford to buy so many cds and lps, Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy?

RJG, Friday, 29 June 2007 17:27 (twelve years ago) link

I'm up for buying and running one of the fopp stores. I reckon I can contribute £300 but I'll need a bit more. Anyone wanta help?

bakerstreetsaxsolo, Friday, 29 June 2007 17:32 (twelve years ago) link

wait actually, I'll sell all my CDs and Records on eBay becuse I wont need a personal collection when i OWN A FOPP.

So I still think I need a couple hundred-thousand from someone. Who fancies it?

bakerstreetsaxsolo, Friday, 29 June 2007 17:33 (twelve years ago) link

Ernst & Young press release:

Fopp Ltd (in Receivership) & Music Zone 2007 Ltd (In Administration)
http://tinyurl.com/yvsx2c

djmartian, Friday, 29 June 2007 18:02 (twelve years ago) link

The Times are reporting this:

Virgin Megastores fails to rescue rival Fopp
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/retailing/article2005501.ece

The Fopp music chain has closed all stores after a plan to merge with Virgin Megastores failed to win supplier support

djmartian, Friday, 29 June 2007 18:32 (twelve years ago) link

Do these "suppliers" have a problem with someone selling CDs for them?

onimo, Friday, 29 June 2007 18:33 (twelve years ago) link

In a deal negotiated by Virign Retail's chief Simon Douglas, with Fopp's managing director David Pryde, who once ran Our Price records,

I think I may have spotted one of the problems at Fopp.

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 29 June 2007 18:54 (twelve years ago) link

ha, This bloke: David Pryde

djmartian, Friday, 29 June 2007 18:57 (twelve years ago) link

David Pryde, was also previously HMV Managing Director in the early part of this decade.

djmartian, Friday, 29 June 2007 19:00 (twelve years ago) link

interesting article from 3 years back: in The Scotsman: Fri 9 Jan 2004

Gordon Montgomery has built Fopp from a single stall in 1981 into a major chain.
http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/business.cfm?id=26252004

djmartian, Friday, 29 June 2007 20:08 (twelve years ago) link

When Fopp opened their first store in the centre of London - 4-5 years ago - it really was an eye-opener. Their buyers seemed to be sourcing some GREAT bargains from across Europe,and the inspired company policy of pricing classic back cat at a fiver (or less) made almost anything seem worthy of a suck and a see. I know for a fact that along w/ general rec collecting scum, London HMV management types were all over the shop, and there's no doubt in my mind that Fopp's example and expansion initiated the across-the-board price decreases that occured in both the Virgin and HMV chains 2-3 years ago (tho of course, the discs you really really want never seem to make it into a sale - but that's another story...) 'Suck and See' was a good gimmick/'brand' but actually the shop's returns policy was really no different than HMV's returns policy (I think even now if you kick up enough of a stink over the price of a £5 CD you will prob get yr cash back from any of the High St Rec Shops)

Over time, Fopp seemed to be sourcing less and less interesting cheap gd stuff, and you were as likely to find a bargain in HMV, particularly on DVDS. Fopp cldn't really compete w/ HMV's market share/purchasing power, and were often actually more expensive on new product than HMV, Tesco or Amazon.

In Glasgow, their takeover of the Music Zone shops resulted in the closure of two (including a 'megastore' round the corner from Fopp that had been open for less than a month) and the transformation of the third, on Sauchiehall St, into a glum dump devoid of bargains or charm. A shame, because the old Music Stores in Glasgow were very good sources of cheap DVDs

Ward Fowler, Friday, 29 June 2007 20:32 (twelve years ago) link

actually the shop's returns policy was really no different than HMV's returns policy (I think even now if you kick up enough of a stink over the price of a £5 CD you will prob get yr cash back from any of the High St Rec Shops)

but kicking up a stink over the cost of something is quite far from returning something just because you listened to it and didn't like it.

jed_, Friday, 29 June 2007 20:38 (twelve years ago) link

I only ever returned one sucky CD to Fopp: the "ba ba ti ki di do" EP by sigur rós has that dubious honour.

onimo, Friday, 29 June 2007 20:48 (twelve years ago) link

At the time that Fopp opened in Central London, I was working at the big HMV on Oxford Circus, and company policy was def, cash refunds given on any product w/ a legit receipt, no questions asked. This was changed when a) it became obv that 'customers' were pretty much burning off copies of everything they cld get their mitts on and then returning them DUH and b) when the Oxford Circus store handed out half a million quid's worth of refunds over the course of a single Xmas campaign. The last time I checked, HMV will now only exchange goods, tho as I say, even now they will pretty much always cough up a cash/credit card refund if hassled hard enough.

Ward Fowler, Friday, 29 June 2007 20:51 (twelve years ago) link

Over time, Fopp seemed to be sourcing less and less interesting cheap gd stuff, and you were as likely to find a bargain in HMV, particularly on DVDS. Fopp cldn't really compete w/ HMV's market share/purchasing power, and were often actually more expensive on new product than HMV, Tesco or Amazon.

8080 -- just the other week, i think, sainsbury's had the two-disc 'hot fuzz' for around a tenner in its first week (harry potter syndrome), and fopp did become less essential than a few years back.

That one guy that quit, Friday, 29 June 2007 20:53 (twelve years ago) link

fopp was never really a place to go if you were looking for something in particular unless it was a nick drake album or something

RJG, Friday, 29 June 2007 20:55 (twelve years ago) link

were they called fopp because of their excellent nick drake sourcing?

Ward Fowler, Friday, 29 June 2007 21:01 (twelve years ago) link

HMV just doesn't compare on suck it and see. I should know, as suck it and see is one of my hobbies. One - you can only exchange; two - one item per receipt; erm... that's it.

What a shame we won't get to see Rick and Bruce from The Smiths at the TCR Fopp in July.

PJ Miller, Friday, 29 June 2007 21:19 (twelve years ago) link

Presumably distributors get their stock back - or some of it.

They have to fight like hell with lawyers to try get it back. I know this to be the case in this situation.

In other bankruptcies with which I am all too familiar, the stock generally becomes the property of the trustee handling the bankruptcy and eventually is sold in lots at an auction along with other (say, physical) assets. If there is indeed a retail markdown sale, it is generally because a customer will pay more (and thus raise more cash for the trustee) for the product than it would at the type of auction I have just described.

Like I would pay $5 for just about any Blue Note CD I don't have, but once it enters into a huge lot along with 2000 Bon Jovi CDs, it's value diminishes greatly and just goes for cents on the dollar. (or pence on the pound, in this case).

Saxby D. Elder, Friday, 29 June 2007 21:36 (twelve years ago) link

"Fopp" is a Kool and the Gang song, I believe.

Mark G, Saturday, 30 June 2007 00:28 (twelve years ago) link

Ohio Players innit

Saxby D. Elder, Saturday, 30 June 2007 03:04 (twelve years ago) link

They had the Ut reissues for a fiver in TCR but I didn't buy In Gut's House (I already have Griller) cos I wasn't sure if it was the reissue or an older version. Why that matters is now beyond me, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. Damn, damn and blast it.

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 30 June 2007 03:53 (twelve years ago) link

xpost That's it! I was rackin' me brane.

Mark G, Saturday, 30 June 2007 17:31 (twelve years ago) link

Workers at collapsed music retailer Fopp are set to learn their fate on Monday as prospects for the possible sale of the business are considered.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6258910.stm

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Sunday, 1 July 2007 20:18 (twelve years ago) link

the Fopp website has been taken down

Fopp
http://www.fopp.co.uk/down.html

djmartian, Sunday, 1 July 2007 21:50 (twelve years ago) link

Dark times ahead.

Disque in chapel market london, seems to be closing as well.

I'm predicting a Mad Max style wasteland for good record shops by 2009.

Hamildan, Monday, 2 July 2007 08:40 (twelve years ago) link

*cue gag about well that means HMV and Virgin will still be with us*

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 2 July 2007 08:46 (twelve years ago) link

I'm predicting a Mad Max style wasteland for good record shops by 2009.

2009 !
crikey.
in bristol - thats as of right now sir.

mark e, Monday, 2 July 2007 10:55 (twelve years ago) link

"We would urge anyone with a genuine interest in taking on stores as going concerns to contact us immediately," said joint administrator Tom Burton.

Mark G, Tuesday, 3 July 2007 11:27 (twelve years ago) link

Suck it and see?

PJ Miller, Thursday, 5 July 2007 17:35 (twelve years ago) link

I am in TOTAL denial about this.

without Fopp, I'd probably be...........

actually best not to finish that sentence.

best Fopp memory'; the £1.99 12"s or 3 for a fiver.

or the day off school i took to buy the Second Coming and picked up the first Roots album just cause.....

Hamildan, Saturday, 7 July 2007 01:53 (twelve years ago) link

So, I strolled up to Reading Fopp this lunchtime.

All it looks like is closed. All the stock still there, a couple of brochures stuffed through the letterbox, on the floor.

Who knows.

Mark G, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 13:58 (twelve years ago) link

note on door of cambridge one: IF YOU'RE FROM ERNST AND YOUNG, THIS IS MY MOBILE NUMBER...

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 13:59 (twelve years ago) link

You should phone them up saying you need the keys to do a 'stock take'.

Billy Dods, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 14:15 (twelve years ago) link

sign on front of TCR Fopp says premises are patrolled by HORRIBLE DOGS so I wouldn't try it.

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 14:45 (twelve years ago) link

Eh that's just a bluff probably, I'd give it a go.

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 14:48 (twelve years ago) link

I said it was going to snow last Tuesday and DID ANYONE BELIEVE ME NO

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 14:52 (twelve years ago) link

and did it?

Mark G, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 15:02 (twelve years ago) link

It was on page five of last Wednesday's Daily Mail.

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 15:55 (twelve years ago) link

Are there actually guard dogs wandering around inside Fopp TCR? I think not. £3 Shins cd's are there for the taking guys! Don't forget to leave the money though.

Matt #2, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 15:58 (twelve years ago) link

£1 and £2 Shins CDs a go-go in MVE Berwick Street up the road. As Brother Beyond so rightly stated in late 1988, there "ain't no competition."

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 16:01 (twelve years ago) link

All those £3 rudeboxes, and a whole display of "Icky Thump"s for full-price!

Mark G, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 16:02 (twelve years ago) link

i'd rather fucking eat a copy of 'icky thump' than listen to it.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 16:04 (twelve years ago) link

I have a copy of Icky Thump to which I am yet to listen.

Check this out:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/fopp/

Amazing, yeah? Note presence of Our Starry.

PJ Miller, Thursday, 12 July 2007 18:33 (twelve years ago) link

i'd rather fucking eat a copy of 'icky thump' than listen to it.

I would love to see you try.

Billy Dods, Thursday, 12 July 2007 18:59 (twelve years ago) link

i've deliberately avoiding walking past the brighton i think i might be a bit emotional

secondhandnews, Thursday, 12 July 2007 20:50 (twelve years ago) link

Scotland on Sunday...

Fopp founder in buy-back talks to keep music alive
http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/business.cfm?id=1101312007

djmartian, Sunday, 15 July 2007 17:06 (twelve years ago) link

We gotta keep up with this one...

COuld this deal go through and the shops open like nothing happened? They're all stil there, stocked!

Mark G, Monday, 16 July 2007 08:30 (twelve years ago) link

Today's Music Week has:

HMV to buy Fopp stores?
HMV is reportedly considering the purchase of several former Fopp stores from administrator Ernst And Young.

Saxby D. Elder, Friday, 20 July 2007 17:00 (twelve years ago) link

Stock raiding, I reckons!

Mark G, Friday, 20 July 2007 23:04 (twelve years ago) link

hmv has now bought fopp, apparently: http://www.drownedinsound.com/articles/2256542

CharlieNo4, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 11:59 (twelve years ago) link

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6923511.stm

Music and book retailer HMV has struck a deal to buy the Fopp brand and revive six of its stores.

HMV has bought the shops - which will trade under the Fopp name - in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London's Covent Garden, Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.

Herman G. Neuname, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 13:48 (twelve years ago) link

FOPP ARISES!!!

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 13:51 (twelve years ago) link

same shops, same staff, crazy new hmv prices

blueski, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 13:53 (twelve years ago) link

No TCR? NO COCKBURN ST?! Buffoons!

strophic, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:05 (twelve years ago) link

I reckon they have bought the Fopp brand and only six stores, to kill off any chance of a Gordon Montgomery come back.

djmartian, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:08 (twelve years ago) link

by Covent Garden do they mean the one between Seven Dials and Charing Cross Road?

blueski, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:10 (twelve years ago) link

Guess so. So much for the "flagship" TCR hyperstore.

Matt #2, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:11 (twelve years ago) link

go manchester!

pisces, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:33 (twelve years ago) link

No TCR? NO COCKBURN ST?!

It made little sense to have two stores in Edinburgh, and Rose St was bigger. My guess is that TCR is too big. I wonder if the decision is also based on whether they expect a Fopp to cut into HMV sales in those cities. In Bristol or Dundee they presumably have a monopoly of sorts now there are no independent stores, but in Edinburgh they can take sales of Avalanche. [Avalanche is now totally rubbish, and HMV already carries better stock if you like anything other than a narrow range of styles.] Would the same logic go for Manchester (Piccadilly) or Nottingham (is Selectadisc still open?). If anyone can explain the Cambridge situation to me I'd be grateful!

TBH I had assumed that someone would do this -- it was hard to believe that NO Fopp stores were profitable. Without seeing the figures ourselves it's kind of hard to speculate! Wasn't sure it would be HMV though. If HMV can take Fopp backwards i.e. less pile-em-high-populist and more of a combination of well-chosen-specialist stuff I'd pay 10/12 alongside the fiver stuff, i still think this is a good strategy in cities with large enough music scenes. But either a bargain-basement chain or an alternative music chain has no hope.

byebyepride, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:05 (twelve years ago) link

Cambridge situation to me I'd be grateful!

no independent music stores left in Cambridge, 2 universities, another brand to fleece money from the student toffs.

djmartian, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:12 (twelve years ago) link

But students no longer buy music!

byebyepride, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:22 (twelve years ago) link

I wonder if the decision is also based on whether they expect a Fopp to cut into HMV sales in those cities

But surely rose st - within a couple of minutes walk from the two HMVs on princes st - would do this more than cockburn st? You're right, though, it is bigger and probably more likely to get passing trade. I suppose I'm just heartbroken that the wee shop I spent my entire teenage life in isn't there anymore! (And, as you say, avalanche is now pish).

I'd love to see them return fopp to the way it was five years ago, but I reckon it won't be too long before you have to navigate a big stack of mobile phones before you can get to the checkout, to let them know that yes thanks, you did find everything you were looking for. Bah.

strophic, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 15:52 (twelve years ago) link

Hmm, well I remember being shocked and heartbroken when fopp moved across cockburn st!!

I think Rose St counts as more central -- I bet there are people who shop there who wouldn't brave the teen-goth contingent on cockburn st. Also it is ideally located for yr 30-something bloke who has been dragged out by the missus and has managed to escape for twenty minutes while she is in jigsaw or wherever ;-)

byebyepride, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:36 (twelve years ago) link

i wonder what these will be like. cambridge hmv is for shit, so i'm at least a quarter-stoked we'll have, like, another record shop. still a bummer.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:57 (twelve years ago) link

no independent music stores left in Cambridge, 2 universities, another brand to fleece money from the student toffs.

-- djmartian, Tuesday, July 31, 2007 4:12 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Link

hey fucko, not everyone in this bitch is a student. i am, obviously -- but not at either of the so-called universities that are located here. sike.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:58 (twelve years ago) link

does newcastle still have the awesome record store i remember from my one visit there in 1994? their bins were organised by record label, in my hazy memory, i.e. a whole stack of stuff just from "alternative tentacles"

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 23:20 (twelve years ago) link

If you mean "Pet Sounds" I don't know but they have moved at least three times since 1994.

Mark G, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 23:32 (twelve years ago) link

maybe? i bought a boredoms record there. i think it was also the first place i ever saw an autechre record.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 23:56 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Fopp Nottingham will be re-opening soon:

http://tinyurl.com/ypmu35

Presumably the others will re-open soon

djmartian, Thursday, 16 August 2007 23:11 (twelve years ago) link

When's the Cambridge one reopening? I might be working up there soon!

Mark G, Friday, 17 August 2007 10:35 (twelve years ago) link

oh i was going to say: there were people stacking shelves there yesterday. it was closed still, but there is activity!

that simian mobile justice album (whatever the heck it is) is getting a lot of free advertising from the closures.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Friday, 17 August 2007 10:49 (twelve years ago) link

the two glasgow branches are meant to re-open on monday.

stirmonster, Friday, 17 August 2007 11:45 (twelve years ago) link

both of them! that was quite quick, really

RJG, Friday, 17 August 2007 11:50 (twelve years ago) link

Now that HMV have bought the Fopp brand I wonder if they will accept Fopp vouchers as a goodwill gesture?

djmartian, Friday, 17 August 2007 12:06 (twelve years ago) link

There were people working in the Rose Street branch in Edinburgh on Wednesday when i passed so I guess that'll be opening Monday too.

leigh, Friday, 17 August 2007 12:14 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, I spotted shelf stacking going on in the Nottingham branch earlier in the week... it is all Very Exciting.

mike t-diva, Friday, 17 August 2007 12:58 (twelve years ago) link

that simian mobile justice album (whatever the heck it is) is getting a lot of free advertising from the closures.

indeed - but no sales.

will report on the Bristol side of things when i am allowed back into the town centre next week.

mark e, Friday, 17 August 2007 15:11 (twelve years ago) link

Your asbo ending?

onimo, Friday, 17 August 2007 15:16 (twelve years ago) link

ha. if only. instead, my well earned stint of summer hols/parenting hell is ..

mark e, Friday, 17 August 2007 15:57 (twelve years ago) link

When's the Cambridge one reopening? I might be working up there soon!

If so, I will almost certainly be like HI DERE at some point over the next year.

Good news about the re-opening!

Just got offed, Friday, 17 August 2007 15:59 (twelve years ago) link

I've heard the lease has expired on the Cambridge Circus branch in London, and the shop was gutted recently. Perhaps no re-opening here, HMV didn't seem that interested in the other branches?

Bocken Social Scene, Monday, 20 August 2007 13:07 (twelve years ago) link

yeah manchester looks good to go. are the same people going to be working there? did those who got stiffed when they closed get their money back in the end?

pisces, Monday, 20 August 2007 13:09 (twelve years ago) link

People in London got paid I think 'cos a managery-type person went back to the shop after the last day and took money from the tills. I think they're looking to take the same staff back, if they haven't given up on the excitement of waiting for a phonecall from hmv, and if the shop is actually still available. I can't remember which other shops were opening, it sounds like quite a few country-wide (presumably they're Fopp rather than MusicZone ones?) but I think hmv had said the only profitable London branch was the Cambridge Circus one, I don't know if they're cosidering reviving the TCR/Camden/Bayswater (any others?) instead.

Bocken Social Scene, Monday, 20 August 2007 13:25 (twelve years ago) link

Anyone know for sure if they have actually re-opened anywhere yet?

bakerstreetsaxsolo, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 09:35 (eleven years ago) link

nothing happening in the Bristol one as far as i can tell from a walk by this morning.

mark e, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 09:46 (eleven years ago) link

Walked past Edinburgh Rose St on the weekend and note in window said reopening 22nd (yesterday) but I didn't go and check!

byebyepride, Thursday, 23 August 2007 01:36 (eleven years ago) link

i went by rose street today and it was still closed.

jed_, Thursday, 23 August 2007 02:20 (eleven years ago) link

all the stock in the shop had HMV stickers on it though. i mean the new-style HMV stickers that don't actually say HMV on them anywhere.

jed_, Thursday, 23 August 2007 02:21 (eleven years ago) link

both glasgow branches still closed. my pal who works in the union st. branch had told me they would open on monday so it must be imminent.

stirmonster, Thursday, 23 August 2007 05:29 (eleven years ago) link

checked a little closer - the one in bristol town has been totally cleared out. all stock gone. guess hmv didn't want this one (which makes sense as HMV is but a mere stones throw away !)

mark e, Thursday, 23 August 2007 07:27 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, Readingshop is also cleared out.

Mark G, Thursday, 23 August 2007 08:16 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/43649-hmv-buys-seventh-fopp-store.html

HMV has bought another store from the adminstrators of collapsed retail chain Fopp. The Byres Road, Glasgow branch is the seventh store that HMV has taken over since Fopp went into administration in June. The others, which HMV expects to begin trading by the end of August, are Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London’s Covent Garden, Manchester and Nottingham.

A spokesman for HMV said that a final decision has not been made about who will head the Fopp book buying team and website, adding that one outcome could see HMV assuming responsibility itself.

London up in the air at the moment, obviously. Still haven't checked out TCR, Camden etc, although Camden seemed to still be in post-closure limbo with stock 8 days ago.

Bocken Social Scene, Thursday, 23 August 2007 09:04 (eleven years ago) link

I walked past the Rose St Fopp yesterday and there was a sign in the window saying it'd open at 9am on Saturday.

leigh, Thursday, 23 August 2007 11:52 (eleven years ago) link

It'll be rubbish when Foppwatch becomes "HMV still fucking sucks!"

onimo, Thursday, 23 August 2007 14:01 (eleven years ago) link

So, basically, Fopp will become HMV's "can't sell these old cakes" clearing house?

Mark G, Thursday, 23 August 2007 14:13 (eleven years ago) link

That's fine, I've bought more good old cakes in HMV sales than in any other shop

Tom D., Thursday, 23 August 2007 14:15 (eleven years ago) link

"Let Them Sell Cakes!"

Tom D., Thursday, 23 August 2007 14:16 (eleven years ago) link

I wonder now that Fopp have been refused a lease by the landlords of the Cambridge Circus location [Covent Garden], will they try to buy another ex Fopp shop from the administrators such as the Camden store?

HMV Forced To Abandon Plans To Reopen Fopp London Store
http://www.gigwise.com/news/36378/hmv-forced-to-abandon-plans-to-reopen-fopp-london-store

However, representatives for HMV have now revealed that the London store will not now reopen due to the fact that the landlord of the building will not let them take on the lease.

djmartian, Thursday, 23 August 2007 14:32 (eleven years ago) link

that should be.. I wonder now that HMV...

djmartian, Thursday, 23 August 2007 14:33 (eleven years ago) link

I would be very surprised if HMV don't open a Fopp in London, as they would need a presence of the brand in the capital.

meanwhile somerfield have purchases 5 ex Fopp stores to be coverted into Somerfield stores presumably to compete against Tesco Express and Sainsbury's local

Somerfield buys five Fopp stores
http://www.freshplaza.com/news_detail.asp?id=5907

djmartian, Thursday, 23 August 2007 14:39 (eleven years ago) link

So, basically, Fopp will become somerfield's "can't sell these old cakes" clearing house?

Mark G, Thursday, 23 August 2007 15:02 (eleven years ago) link

mmm, stale cakes.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 23 August 2007 15:13 (eleven years ago) link

the man who sells flowers outside the byres road fopp says its opening in two weeks time

Sandy Blair, Thursday, 23 August 2007 22:38 (eleven years ago) link

I am excited about Somerfields. I shall go straight to the butcher's counter and demand 24 Hours of Throbbing Gristle.

PJ Miller, Friday, 24 August 2007 18:21 (eleven years ago) link

the central glasgow fopp re-opened today - pretty much the same stock/prices as before, ho-hum

Ward Fowler, Friday, 24 August 2007 20:15 (eleven years ago) link

anyone know what will have happened to Edinburgh Cockburn Street's vinyl? sold off in lots at auction? pity. was always thinking that would be phased out with a big sale rather than the whole chain going under... optimistically looked in Rose Street just in case but of course, no dice.

resolved, Sunday, 26 August 2007 15:59 (eleven years ago) link

It might still be there. You could tunnel in from the dungeon next door.

Ismael Klata, Sunday, 26 August 2007 17:48 (eleven years ago) link

nah it's turned into (just this week) a 'fire sale' store for some horrific scottish clothing line.

resolved, Sunday, 26 August 2007 18:00 (eleven years ago) link

the central glasgow fopp re-opened today - pretty much the same stock/prices as before, ho-hum

I thought they seemed to have more stuff in the back catalogue £5 or less sections - though maybe that's because supplies were running low before they closed and have since been replenished.

Might pick up the 25th Anniversary editions (with bonus material etc) of the Bunnymen albums when I get paid - £5 each. I think I spotted a couple of Japan albums I don't have on CD as well.

onimo, Tuesday, 28 August 2007 13:53 (eleven years ago) link

the latest:

HMV will not reopen Fopp in London
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/44220-hmv-will-not-reopen-fopp-in-london.html

djmartian, Wednesday, 29 August 2007 10:30 (eleven years ago) link

Was in briefly today but didn't get much of a sense of what was going down. Shelves still pretty empty but boxes of stock seemed to be arriving. I bought the MIA album for 8.95 in HMV last week and it is £9 in Fopp!!

byebyepride, Wednesday, 29 August 2007 18:09 (eleven years ago) link

four weeks pass...

been to the cambridge one. may have changed up since it re-opened, but that point i'm pretty sure there was no store name anywhere except on the receipts (pre-printed?) which did say fopp. the price labels were the generic ones used by hmv. it was not particularly different from how it was tbh. sad the money now goes into an arms company but whaddayagonnado.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 27 September 2007 09:32 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, I was there last friday.

It's sort of the same as Fopp was (in reading), there's plenty of stuff now at higher prices, a fair bit at the old "£3" (got the last Morrissey CD for that), and the £5 Nuggets CD is there.

I got the "Piper at the gates of Dawn" 3CD set, slightly cheaper at £16. Also appropriate for Cambridge.

Mark G, Thursday, 27 September 2007 09:56 (eleven years ago) link

i paid out for the 30th anniversary rereleases! prematurely aged though that may have been. so i dunno if the prospect of a stereo version is going to make me pay out again.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 27 September 2007 10:32 (eleven years ago) link

The mono one's the rare one tho, surely?!?!?!

Tom D., Thursday, 27 September 2007 10:33 (eleven years ago) link

huh. the cd i bought ten years ago was mono and came in a nice but totally pointless box. for one (1) cd, and some postcards.

the separately did a 6-track cd of the three syd singles.

i have never heard the stereo version.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 27 September 2007 10:35 (eleven years ago) link

the separately = they separately

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 27 September 2007 10:36 (eleven years ago) link

I've never heard the mono version! That was the one all the Sydnuts wanted to hear for years! I've got the 6-track singles CD.

Tom D., Thursday, 27 September 2007 10:39 (eleven years ago) link

HMV have convinced landlords to let them re-open the Fopp Earlham Street store in London

http://www.recordoftheday.com/cgi-bin/content.cgi?page=weblog

Fopp to re-open Covent Garden store.

Fopp is delighted to announce that its former London store at 1 Earlham Street, Covent Garden is to re-open.
The 4,000 sq.ft. store will recommence trading over its three floors from this Saturday, 6th October 2007.

djmartian, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 19:59 (eleven years ago) link

bump...Fopp is coming back

djmartian, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 14:36 (eleven years ago) link

not in bristol. (yet)
both shops cleared out and new signage on the way etc ..

mark e, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 14:38 (eleven years ago) link

Not being aware of this news, I was wandering around London's glittering West End on Sunday when I noticed an eerie glow coming from what used to be Fopp Covent Garden. Upon closer inspection, it proved to be Nu-Fopp, which is exactly the same as old Fopp, right down to staff members grumbling ominously about pay and conditions.

They had some nice Brazillian and other South American CDs for four quid, and the Pet Shop Boys Back to Mine for three quid, but not that many overwhelming bargains. Plenty to keep one's hand in, though. Oh, the Stiff boxset for 16 quid is quite good if you dig Any Trouble.

I got a Jodorowsky DVD boxset, which wasn't particularly cheap, but still, I am glad Fopp is back and does not look or feel like HMV.

More vinyl than before, I think. Suck It And See still exists.

PJ Miller, Monday, 8 October 2007 14:39 (eleven years ago) link

The music is back: independent store set to take over from Fopp ...in Leamington Spa
http://www.kenilworthweeklynews.co.uk/newsl/The-music-is-back-independent.3369827.jp

djmartian, Saturday, 13 October 2007 18:41 (eleven years ago) link

I was looking rather dumbly through the window of the new Leamington shop like an idiot trying to see prices and things. Couldn't see anything (it's got these vicious shutters down).

That is all I have to say.

Ned Trifle II, Saturday, 20 October 2007 22:45 (eleven years ago) link

It's open and the prices and stock seem similar to Fopp.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2025/1828917970_d74aecc3fc.jpg

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 2 November 2007 16:42 (eleven years ago) link

Is that its name? Head?

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

Mmm, could happen!

Mark G, Friday, 2 November 2007 16:44 (eleven years ago) link

And it's in Leamington, yes?

Neil S, Friday, 2 November 2007 16:55 (eleven years ago) link

Yes and Yes.

And it was pretty busy to-day which i take to be a good sign. I bought some Cary Grant dvds, a...ahem...Mark Knopfler album, a Morrissey album (£2!), and some jazz. Oh, and Elf for the kids. With free alarm clock!

Didn't seem to have as much stuff generally (and 'electronica'/dancey, stuff in particular) but there were a few signs about saying that not all the stock was in.

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 2 November 2007 18:51 (eleven years ago) link

do they still have "suck it and see" or is it now "We Give good Head - suck it and see"

branding copyright infringement alert: HEAD is sports equipment and clothing company

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_%28company%29

djmartian, Friday, 2 November 2007 19:40 (eleven years ago) link

also I wonder what the HMV executives would think of them - HEAD - using "Music Film + Books" ex Fopp retail design branding - when HMV bought the Fopp branding from the administrators?

djmartian, Friday, 2 November 2007 20:02 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

Hmm, I just remembered something from ye olde Foppe. Glasgow Union St branch used to have at the top of the stairs (for a period of at least a few months), a selection of LPs with dancing 70s New Yorkers on the sleeves. You know the type of thing - hot pants, skimpy brown knitwear, afros, couples rumba'ing in the middle of crowds of onlookers. If I remember rightly, they were compilations of latin soul or similar, and some of the titles made reference to 'Neuva York'. Other than that, nada, I never even heard them so could be miles off the mark.

What the hell were these things? I'm desirous of owning them right now, but have no idea how to track them down or even find out what they were, and I've never seen anything like them since.

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 15:25 (eleven years ago) link

sounds like soul jazz to me.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 15:30 (eleven years ago) link

Muchas gracias.

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 15:47 (eleven years ago) link

or, since you mention LPs plural, could be:
http://www.discogs.com/release/439182

(there was a whole series of these)

Jeff W, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 16:43 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, that's the one! Good work!

Ismael Klata, Wednesday, 16 January 2008 20:44 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

last clipse album for £2 or £3. didn't buy, tho.

banriquit, Sunday, 23 March 2008 12:25 (eleven years ago) link

some branches, at least, are selling THE SIMPSONS MOVIE for a fiver

alas, it's not that good.

the pinefox, Sunday, 23 March 2008 14:28 (eleven years ago) link

Hidden is in for £5 atm. I got Last House on the Left and Repulsion for £12 combined. Tha'll do me Mistah.

Mister Craig, Sunday, 23 March 2008 14:31 (eleven years ago) link

Fopp in Bristol to reopen March 27th

http://mynameispiet.blogspot.com/2008/03/fop-is-back.html

djmartian, Tuesday, 25 March 2008 23:18 (eleven years ago) link

hurray. thats my lunch hour tomorrow sorted.

mark e, Wednesday, 26 March 2008 08:30 (eleven years ago) link

The old Reading one is still empty.

Mark G, Wednesday, 26 March 2008 09:21 (eleven years ago) link

yeah the Fopp opposite my office in Bristol centre is still advertising the SMD album.
this new one is in yet another new location - their fourth for this place!

mark e, Wednesday, 26 March 2008 09:25 (eleven years ago) link

Clipse down to £1 now (Covent Garden)!

I got a Spike Jones double CD for £3 instead.

Jeff W, Wednesday, 26 March 2008 12:15 (eleven years ago) link

Fopp in Bristol to reopen March 27th

actually open today and busy.

discovered that the Dead 60s actually released a second album last year, but even at the price of £1 I let it sit there.

mark e, Wednesday, 26 March 2008 13:43 (eleven years ago) link

so, who would have thought Be You Own Pet needed so much security for an instore appearance ?

3 people in the band, 25 (ish) people watching, and a set of 10 or so booted and suited security staff.

while i'm chuffed bristol has a new Fopp, the electronic/dance section is very poor. fine for fans of bassement jaxx/mylo/fabric etc, but not a lot else.

same goes for hip hop which is pretty poorly catered for as well, and hidden away in the far far corner upstairs like some unwanted family member.

still, better than the HMV in which both the singles and dance section have been removed in recent weeks.

mark e, Thursday, 27 March 2008 14:25 (eleven years ago) link

New look B*P friendly Radio 1 obviously having its effect.

Dingbod Kesterson, Thursday, 27 March 2008 14:26 (eleven years ago) link

ah ha. they have been picked by Radio One ?
wasn't aware of that DK, that explains a lot.

mark e, Thursday, 27 March 2008 14:29 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

£1 just got me this slice of rather wonderful 70s jazz-disco-funk :

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51R7ucMpNVL._SS500_.jpg

will probably end up being the most played of all my Fopp purchases.

mark e, Wednesday, 11 June 2008 12:34 (eleven years ago) link

three months pass...

OK so there's a shop called DADA that's suddenly appeared on Chiswick High Road, a few hundred yards down the street from the former branch of Fopp. It seems to be selling much the same stock as a Fopp (at same prices), uses their old racks, dividers and signage (same font and everything) and the stock uses the Fopp-style price stickers as well.

Apparently it's a new company started by David Pryde, who used to work at Fopp/HMV, though it is supposed to be unconnected to either.

It has no dance or urban/hip hop section. OTOH the World Cinema DVD section is massive.

Hmmm.

Jeff W, Monday, 22 September 2008 12:59 (ten years ago) link

Well it is Chiswick.

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 22 September 2008 13:57 (ten years ago) link

Sister Ray had money off everything at the weekend - 30% off CDs, 40% off DVDs - but only for two days. I don't know if they will do it again. Seems likely. I couldn't find anything I wanted.

PJ Miller, Monday, 22 September 2008 14:41 (ten years ago) link

Sister Ray policy = "we want indiscriminate tourists buying what they heard on xfm this morning for a fiver serious people fuck off to webbyland kthnxbye"

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 22 September 2008 14:43 (ten years ago) link

I've passed that Dada shop on the bus but not gone in on basis (a) "anyone who says they're mad isn't" shop name and (b) vast Moody Blues display espiable inside.

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 22 September 2008 14:45 (ten years ago) link

> a few hundred yards down the street from the former branch of Fopp.

down the street in which direction? hammersmith way? (i work between the two, a few hundred yards this way would make it walkable in a lunchtime...)

koogs, Monday, 22 September 2008 17:19 (ten years ago) link

down the street in which direction? hammersmith way?
No, heading away from Hammersmith. It's in that block just up from Sainsbury's. About next door but one or two from the Cancer Research shop.

Phil Will, Monday, 22 September 2008 18:23 (ten years ago) link

The CR shop from experience usually has a better stock of music.

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 23 September 2008 07:30 (ten years ago) link

two months pass...

Yesterday I broke my £3 rule to buy :

Roman Polanski 4 DVD box set (£7)
Satantango 3 DVD set (£13)
Satyajit Ray - The Apu Trilogy 3 DVD set (£18)

Now I just need to find 20 spare hours to watch it all, maybe some time next year...

Matt #2, Friday, 28 November 2008 10:40 (ten years ago) link

i still think £8 for the Moodysson box set (Fucking Amal, Together, Lilya 4-Eva, Hole in My Heart) is a pretty kick-ass deal.

Gukbe, Friday, 28 November 2008 15:29 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

Not Fopp, but HMV (!)

As part of their "sale", they have miniboxsets of Lou Reed, and Patti Smith, to name but two, their first five albums for £14.

I did see Joe Satriani and Santana in a similar package, but has anyone else seen who else of interest are being done like this?

Mark G, Monday, 5 January 2009 11:30 (ten years ago) link

Fopp do have those as well, at least the Lou Reed one.

Fopp had a load of Byrds, Bob Dylan, Blue Oyster Cult, Beefheart etc CDs for £3 last time I went in there.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Monday, 5 January 2009 11:32 (ten years ago) link

Yeah, finished up my Beefheart 'official' collection with "Bluejeans/Moonbeams" a while ago.

It's not "baaaad" as such, but I can see why people got disappointed.

Mark G, Monday, 5 January 2009 11:42 (ten years ago) link

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51vnH1Bh8fL._SL500_AA240_.jpg

^^^^^ this is worth picking up from Fopp for a fiver - they had piles of them last time I was there.

Yehudi Menudo (NickB), Monday, 5 January 2009 11:48 (ten years ago) link

Of course, Monsieur le Zavvi is not spoiling us at all: in receivership, stock reduced in price by 10%, and not accepting any Zavvi gift vouchers.

Not that I have any, but I sympathise...

Mark G, Monday, 5 January 2009 12:06 (ten years ago) link

"Not Fopp, but HMV (!)

As part of their "sale", they have miniboxsets of Lou Reed, and Patti Smith, to name but two, their first five albums for £14."

11.99 on the website.

Henry Frog (Frogman Henry), Monday, 5 January 2009 12:12 (ten years ago) link

has anyone else seen who else of interest are being done like this?

Mark, do a search using "Original Album Classics: 5cd" on the HMV website. Quite tempted to get Jefferson Airplane and Blue Oyster Cult sets to replace my vinyl. Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Sonny Rollins sets too. Am hugely boggled by the existence of the Big Audio Dynamite one though.

Yehudi Menudo (NickB), Monday, 5 January 2009 12:33 (ten years ago) link

I see hmv.com have that 6-disc box of Fall BBC sessions for £12, too. Pretty tempting but am I really going to sit down and listen to all that?

Was hoping for a 5-CD Mingus set but no luck. Still, Reed would be worth a go if I didn't have three of them already (though only one on CD, so maybe it still is), and the Mahavishnu one sounds worth a punt. Cheers!

(Got a bit pissed off with the HMV website last time I ordered from them, but it was sorted out after I wrote an angry email, and I did get an HMV voucher for Christmas)

britisher ringpulls (a passing spacecadet), Monday, 5 January 2009 13:18 (ten years ago) link

Get that Fall box set, it's ace!

Neil S, Monday, 5 January 2009 13:19 (ten years ago) link

cf: Oh! The Fall John Peel Sessions box set! OH! you guys.

Mark G, Monday, 5 January 2009 13:21 (ten years ago) link

I had an eyeball through the boxes on view: others not mentioned = Steve Vai, Elvis, and Agnetha Falkskog...

I saw the BoC set, not me.

Mark G, Monday, 5 January 2009 13:22 (ten years ago) link

(fwiw, got the Lou and Patti sets)

Mark G, Monday, 5 January 2009 13:22 (ten years ago) link

Big audio Dynamite?

I'm there.

Mark G, Monday, 5 January 2009 13:23 (ten years ago) link

(reads the Fall thread) OK, sold! By which I mean, it'd better still be available by the time I get home, as that is where my HMV voucher is, which I'm hoping has some kind of type-into-website code.

There is a Fopp ad in the front of the new Plan B, which surprised me a bit given their implosion, and now just makes me jealous that I don't live within 50 miles of one. But it's an ad for new-and-forthcoming indie releases at sliver-below-RRP prices rather than the real cheapies that this thread is for, so, carry on.

britisher ringpulls (a passing spacecadet), Monday, 5 January 2009 13:31 (ten years ago) link

I went into Woolies in Hamilton today. They're selling packs of 5 cds for a fiver. Some good stuff mixed in with shite. I bought 2 packs.
Got Portishead - Third, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, 2 Metallica cds and some other stuff like huey lewis,status quo(which i gave to my mate), tony christie (which i gave to my dad) . If I had been in earlier I expect there wouldve been even better stuff. but i was quite pleased to finally get the Portishead cd.

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 5 January 2009 13:32 (ten years ago) link

Woolies closes forever tomorrow evening they said.

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 5 January 2009 13:36 (ten years ago) link

yeah, same as the Reading one.

Mark G, Monday, 5 January 2009 13:40 (ten years ago) link

the woolies most local to me has already gone.
completely stripped bare according to my spies, aka wife + kids, with little evidence of the shop ever existing.

mark e, Monday, 5 January 2009 13:44 (ten years ago) link

oh and there was a John legend cd in the pack too

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 5 January 2009 13:48 (ten years ago) link

Rdg one closed/ing today

At the mo, got at 80% off...

DVD
Rolling Stones R&R Circus £3.20
Take That Ult Tour £3.20
Sugababes Overloaded £1.40
McFly all the greatest £3.20
Charlatans £1.20
Futurama Series 3 set £7.00

CDs
22 Dreams £2.30
Shine a light £2.30
Third Portishead £2.30
Revolutions 2CD various £3.20
Plant/Krause £2.30

Game nintendo
Amereica's neext top model £5.20

Zipper Tags, personalised w/ Amber and Alice, 20p each.

Not too bad. Really pleased about the R&R Circus one.

Mark G, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 12:59 (ten years ago) link

As part of their "sale", they have miniboxsets of Lou Reed, and Patti Smith, to name but two, their first five albums for £14

And Poco. If you like country rock, like what I do. Got Martin Carthy's "Shearwater" for £2 in Fopp in Glasgow and boxset of Herzog films for £12. Back in London, picked up "Mingus Ah Um" and "1000 Volts of Holt" (2cd version) for £3 each

Vicious Cop Kills Gentle Fool (Tom D.), Tuesday, 6 January 2009 13:03 (ten years ago) link

Game nintendo
Amereica's neext top model £5.20

this is the worst game ever, I hear.

I walked straight past the Glasgow Woolies on Sunday, I don't know why. BAH. But just before that I got David Toop's 'Haunted Weather' and Alasdair Gray's 'Old Men in Love' (hardcover) for £2 each from Fopp, so heeeeey.

Merdeyeux, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 13:33 (ten years ago) link

Zavvi watch continues... same 10% discount no new offers bah.

Got Manhunt 2 for Wii for £17.99 which is the cheapest I've seen it anywhere but not a bargain by any standards.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 6 January 2009 13:35 (ten years ago) link

I notice that most of the classical stock in Zavvi has gone, don't know where though

Vicious Cop Kills Gentle Fool (Tom D.), Tuesday, 6 January 2009 13:37 (ten years ago) link

my visit to Zavvi left me wondering why £6 is a suitable "clearout" price for a £9 book.

Merdeyeux, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 13:39 (ten years ago) link

I bought Spiderman 3 in Zavvi at the weekend. Picked up a £4.99 copy, while standing at the checkout I noticed a £3.99 stickered copy by the till. Swopped them, and it scanned through as £1.60. Bargain.

straight outta Easter Compton (aldo), Tuesday, 6 January 2009 13:43 (ten years ago) link

Worst thing about traipsing round these shops that are either going about of business or about to go out of business is that, due to the very stock policies that put them out of business in the first place, there's nothing much to buy. So there's 10 million copies of the Zutons' 2nd album which they ordered, which people probably bought in Tescos anyway, instead of ordering like 2 copies of a Cecil Taylor album or whatever

Vicious Cop Kills Gentle Fool (Tom D.), Tuesday, 6 January 2009 13:44 (ten years ago) link

That Woolworths in Reading has about 100 copies of Cliff Richard's book "My life, my way" for £3.00

Oh, and about the same number of "Concert for Diana" DVDs.

Mark G, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 13:55 (ten years ago) link

Into Woolworths for the last time today. Piles of some Paul McCartney album, priced all over the place from £6 down to 60p. The old photo on the front seemed fitting, somehow. So I took it to the till and it scanned at 20p. The shop that just keeps on giving.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 17:59 (ten years ago) link

there is a great new shop on chiswick high road called dada. It sells great cd's really cheap and they have a great selection of dvd's. HMV is a rip off. I went in there and asked their staff for help and they shrugged and got back to their conversation.

Eleanor Elizabeth, Sunday, 11 January 2009 14:22 (ten years ago) link

Arctic Monkeys fans : both CDs for £1 each in Fopp the other day! Although for the same money you could buy either Dog Of Two Head by Status Quo or the self-titled Angel Witch album. The choice is yours!

Matt #2, Sunday, 11 January 2009 14:28 (ten years ago) link

Damn, that Fall box set on HMV.com seems to have been bumped up to full price again. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

Did anyone see those Trojan vinyl box sets going for 2 quid each (!!) in the Covent Gdn Fopp just before Christmas? Absolutely ridiculous. I bagged about 5 of them and I haven't even got a record player at the moment.

sam500, Sunday, 11 January 2009 14:35 (ten years ago) link

Fab to know that Arctic Monkeys are finally being sold at the right price.

I bought the 5CD Lou Reed box and boy, was that worth it! Terrific series of musical encounters, journey through the 1970s.

the pinefox, Sunday, 11 January 2009 15:03 (ten years ago) link

how much for that pinefox? is that the one in the long box?

jed_, Sunday, 11 January 2009 16:04 (ten years ago) link

just a wee box, £15, the 1970s LPs. It's smashing.

the pinefox, Sunday, 11 January 2009 17:17 (ten years ago) link

jed, check amazon.co.uk, they have the same sets there (there are 20 or so 5cd sets for different artists)

koogs, Sunday, 11 January 2009 17:25 (ten years ago) link

a Kate Bush one would be a beautiful thing

Ismael Klata, Sunday, 11 January 2009 18:26 (ten years ago) link

cheers fox and koogs

jed_, Sunday, 11 January 2009 22:00 (ten years ago) link

3 cd herbie hancock boxset : head hunters/sextant/thrust (reissues) - a mere £6.

sorry zavvi, but you're nowhere near that level of VFM.

mark e, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 13:45 (ten years ago) link

Did you buy Lou, Jed?

the pinefox, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 14:05 (ten years ago) link

Don't like Dada, I'm afraid - it's like a KKK version of Fopp for Fifty Quid Hornby Man with lots of old stuff but no hip hop, R&B or dancehall whatsoever because wealthy white leather jacketed residents of Chiswick clearly have no stomach for that king of thing.

Brother Belcher (Marcello Carlin), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 14:09 (ten years ago) link

or even that KIND of thing but king of thing is pretty correct in a 2009 sense.

Brother Belcher (Marcello Carlin), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 14:10 (ten years ago) link

They had a bunch of Rudy Van Gelder edition Blue Note things for four quid on a rack at the weekend (but maybe they always have that, I really don't go there often enough to know). Anyhow got Cecil Taylor's 'Conquistador!' amongst other things.

Also got Paul Wilkinson's Black Sabbath book (Rat Salad) for two whole pounds. It's a nice enough looking object, but flicking through it on the train home, it looks like it might actually be a somewhat dull-ish read - track by track descriptions of the first six albums, with quite a lot of space given to discussion of chord progressions and such. And lots of 'Wings released their second album, Chicory Tip were top of the charts' scene setting guffage too, which doesn't really turn me on a whole lot. Might be wrong though, who nose.

Anyone care to rank the McCoy Tyner solo stuff on Blue Note for me?

Yehudi Menudo (NickB), Monday, 26 January 2009 09:58 (ten years ago) link

"Love" - The Blue Thumb albums.

One double album on CD1 (Out Here)
One single album on CD2 (False Start)
One live album on CD3.

£5.

Lovely.

Mark G, Friday, 6 February 2009 10:38 (ten years ago) link

Wow. That's £30-odd quid for a used copy on Amazon.

Frank Sumatra (NickB), Friday, 6 February 2009 10:48 (ten years ago) link

Never seen it cheaper than £16 before.

Which was fair enough, I guess, but I have Out Here off a tape from the album..

Mark G, Friday, 6 February 2009 10:51 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

So, what with Zavvi closing the day before I could get to TCR, and my sometime coach trip overnight from Victoria to Newcastle, thought I'd pop into Fopp, not believing there'd be much different to 2 weeks ago.

Hmm!

Let's just say if I hadn;t been travelling, there'd be a bunch of Lee Perry singles comps (2LP's) £3 , Who box sets £12 and other such (They had the 4CD Amy Winehouse box for £5, more of those Bedazzled DVDs, and that Warner Wertzog DVD collection that ICurtis would have died for oops very sorry now shamed)

Anyway, settled on:

A 4 7" single Reggae set, £3
"Flow Motion" Can, CD, £3
A Joe Meek 4 track single, £1
a "Reggae Greats" 4CD box/book for £3 (criminal, that price!)
and "I wanna punk rock" 10 7" singles box, £2 (so's that!)

Theye had literally hundreds of that box!

Might go and poll that..

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 10:45 (ten years ago) link

which fopp is that? I'm on London next thursday and never been to Fopp before...

do they have much in the way of vinyl bargains in general?

Jack Battery-Pack, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 10:54 (ten years ago) link

Not tons of different things, but quite a lot of 'ooh, might try that' items in bulk quantities.

Shaftesbury Avenue, between Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road tube. (LSq is closer one, go north from there)

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 10:59 (ten years ago) link

in the bristol fopp, they are clearing out excess sanctuary stock.
hence the antidote records back catalogue is now @ £3 a pop (madlib/nextmen/shortcut cut up mixes of trojan classics being of brilliance, as is the Steinski mix of sugarhill), along with a LOT of trojan/sanctaury stuff for £3.
tis almost too much choice.

mark e, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 11:27 (ten years ago) link

Oooh, hope they do likewise at Fopplondon

Queueing For Latchstrings (Tom D.), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 11:28 (ten years ago) link

A 4 7" single Reggae set, £3
"Flow Motion" Can, CD, £3
A Joe Meek 4 track single, £1
a "Reggae Greats" 4CD box/book for £3 (criminal, that price!)
and "I wanna punk rock" 10 7" singles box, £2 (so's that!)

Blimey. I guess I'm going to Fopp this lunchtime then!

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 11:37 (ten years ago) link

Those Reggae and the punk ones are Sanctuary, true. Actually, so's that Joe Meek one.

So, what's happening Sancwise?

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 11:39 (ten years ago) link

Oh, Google seems to suggest there's a Fopp in Wardour street.

True?

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 11:40 (ten years ago) link

Trojan is Sanctuary. Hope they'e not going under or sumthin'.

Queueing For Latchstrings (Tom D.), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 11:40 (ten years ago) link

Oh, Google seems to suggest there's a Fopp in Wardour street.
First I've heard of it, but if it's true it'll be closer to me, so I'd best have a look...

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 11:41 (ten years ago) link

Fopp website only lists the Shaftesbury Ave/Charing Cross Rd one

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 11:43 (ten years ago) link

The Wardour Street address appears to be Fopp's head office rather than a shop as such.

Bernard Braden Misreads Stephen Leacock (Marcello Carlin), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 11:43 (ten years ago) link

Ah right. Ta.

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 12:05 (ten years ago) link

lunch time bonus points :

pama international - trojan sessions [very rare as the album was never distributed as it was caught in the sanctuary collapse chaos]
savage pencil presents .. lion vs dragon in dub [worth it for the cover alone !]
king tubby meets the aggravators at dub station [allmusic tells me this a classic album]
lee perry - dubstrumentals [3 complete lee perry albums on 2 cds]
trojan uk hits box set - 3 cd set of all the 70s reggae stuff you know from the radio - a party soundtrack in a box.

£15.

thats me sorted for a few days.

mark e, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 13:27 (ten years ago) link

You lucky bastard, they better have that stuff in the London one

Queueing For Latchstrings (Tom D.), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 13:29 (ten years ago) link

lee perry - dubstrumentals [3 complete lee perry albums on 2 cds]

I have got this though. £3??!?!?!?

Queueing For Latchstrings (Tom D.), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 13:30 (ten years ago) link

mad innit.
i am grinning from ear to ear.
never even seen the savage pencil set before, but at that price ..
you just know that once this stock is gone, these cds will be impossible to track down (a la when they cleared out the Output catalogue for £3 each).

mark e, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 13:35 (ten years ago) link

Bugger. Oh well, I did manage to pick up a load of Lee Perry vinyl boxsets for £3 over Christmas. But nothing of that nature on cd back then. I don't even have a bloody record player at the mo. But couldn't resist.

sam500, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 13:42 (ten years ago) link

and "I wanna punk rock" 10 7" singles box, £2 (so's that!)

Was looking for this but couldn't find it :(

The Can CD's aren't the remasters, so sod that. MASSES of cheap reggae but dunno where to start with that, nothing I'm specifically looking for. Ended up just getting the new(ish) Portishead & Spiritualized CDs (£5 & £3 respectively)

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:01 (ten years ago) link

The Can CD's aren't the remasters, so sod that.

yeah i was rly back-and-forth on these. i've got the canonical ones on remaster, dunno if i need the other stuff THAT much on pricey remaster, but held back nonetheless.

meme economist (special guest stars mark bronson), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:03 (ten years ago) link

I keep hoping the Can remasters will turn up in the £5 section, but not yet.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:04 (ten years ago) link

I did get the "Future Days" remaster for £5 (here), back when Rdg had one.

That punk set? They had tons! Literally. Did you ask? Or maybe they sold like buckets, or got redistibuted or something.

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:07 (ten years ago) link

The "Flow Motion" wasn't the remaster, true, in fact I bought it sort-of by accident, as I had forgotten I was still holding it when I went to the till. £3 though.

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:08 (ten years ago) link

Whereabouts were the I Wanna Punk Rock boxes then? I suppose I should've asked...

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:19 (ten years ago) link

There were some upstairs, some downstairs, and a big stack behind the till.

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:19 (ten years ago) link

(not downstairs, I mean ground floor)

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:20 (ten years ago) link

I think they must have sold them all, I looked upstairs and ground floor.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:20 (ten years ago) link

They're punk rock daft, them kids

Queueing For Latchstrings (Tom D.), Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:21 (ten years ago) link

didn't see any of those punk sets in the bristol, though i wasn't really looking to be honest.
there were lots (LOTS) of copies of the amy winehouse 4 cd boxset (4 cds ?) for a mere £4.

mark e, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:22 (ten years ago) link

I think the problem with that set was that the 2CD sets had been bought individually already by those that might have wanted it.

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 15:24 (ten years ago) link

I got all the £3 Can albums (5 in total); even though they aren't the remasters, I couldn't resist. Also got a Carter Family 2CD for £3 and Miles Davis "Live At The Fillmore East (March 7, 1970): It's About That Time" 2CD for £6.

krakow, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 21:26 (ten years ago) link

I got a Black Oak Arkansas 2CD compilation for £5! Carry on...

Matt #2, Tuesday, 24 February 2009 21:50 (ten years ago) link

Clancy Eccles 2cd anthology + Ranking Joe's "Dub It In a Dance", £3 each. Could have got more, but wasn't in a buying mood.

Queueing For Latchstrings (Tom D.), Thursday, 26 February 2009 10:48 (ten years ago) link

decided it was time to fill out my meagre Trojan collection.
so, got all 5 volumes of the "Tighten Up" series (2002 expanded editions).
may go back on friday for more, if there is anything left by then.

mark e, Thursday, 26 February 2009 11:30 (ten years ago) link

Shut It! Music from the Sweeney CD + a Hot Butter comp CD + a Colissem II 2CD thing + the Rush R30 2DVD+2CD box set, all for £3 (from Cambridge Circus)

The shop was pretty busy last night too; the box sets on special offer seemed to be flying off the shelves.

Jeff W, Friday, 27 February 2009 13:12 (ten years ago) link

New Boots & Panties, Kill 'em All, Never Say Die, Sweet 2cd anthology, Steeleye Span - 10 Man Mop 2cd expanded - all £3
Nigeria 70 - Lagos Jump - £5
That Sun Records 8cd + 7" thing - £15
and the crowning glory - Uriah Heep : You Can't Keep A Good Band Down (first 7 albums in cd replica sleeves + box) - £5

Happy birthday to me! 41 today and I spent £40 - the only way of making it £41 I could see was some Kooks album or something, so no.

Matt #2, Saturday, 28 February 2009 12:58 (ten years ago) link

Three quidders:

Johnny Guitar Watson - 3CD anthology (yowzah!)
Steeleye Span - Ten Man Mop (2CD edition)

Both Sanctuary, so hopefully other Steeleye + folk stuff available

Queueing For Latchstrings (Tom D.), Sunday, 1 March 2009 13:07 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Sun Ra, "Space is the Place" DVD, £4

Sacco, Vanzetti, Passantino... (Tom D.), Thursday, 26 March 2009 12:01 (ten years ago) link

Hmm, what else? (Might be passing tomorrow)

Mark G, Thursday, 26 March 2009 12:05 (ten years ago) link

Definitely worth popping in

Sacco, Vanzetti, Passantino... (Tom D.), Thursday, 26 March 2009 12:10 (ten years ago) link

oh boo I won't be around for ages. Last time I was there there were a surprising number of decent books for £2, I got myself a couple of Virginia Woolf novels, a Hemingway one, and some hardback collection of Jonathan Franzen essays at that price. There seems to be more in the way of the very very cheap than there used to be.

Ralph, Waldo, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Merdeyeux), Friday, 27 March 2009 00:05 (ten years ago) link

I'd be up for Franzen at cheap, but all the bargain books in our city centre branch are a bit rubbish to my mind.

krakow, Friday, 27 March 2009 00:19 (ten years ago) link

Well, a bit light this time. Mind you, last time was sensational! (See upthread)

Anyway, settled for
"Right time, wrong speed" the John Peel 2CD, £5
"Tomorrow" (Keith West, Mark Wirtz,etc) £7

Happy with that.

Mark G, Monday, 30 March 2009 07:16 (ten years ago) link

Recently: the 4th, 5th and 6th Byrds LPs, remastered and extended, in a CD box, for ... £4.

the pinefox, Monday, 30 March 2009 09:34 (ten years ago) link

Got the Complete Jack Johnson sessions box for £25, which I was pretty pleased about.

krakow, Saturday, 11 April 2009 22:16 (ten years ago) link

lucky git. any left?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 11 April 2009 22:24 (ten years ago) link

I bought it on Friday afternoon, they had about 10-15 copies or so then. I reckon they'll still have a bunch.

Also got the Seven Steps Complete Columbia Recording 63-64 box in that series for £22. Both are the short metal-case versions.

krakow, Saturday, 11 April 2009 22:27 (ten years ago) link

I got that Byrds 3-CD box for £4 yesterday, and a 4-CD Sugar Hill Records box set for £5.

They also had Chemical Chords by Stereolab for £4.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Saturday, 11 April 2009 22:56 (ten years ago) link

I got a bunch of £2 books as well, including that Franzen memoir that I was bemoaning Glasgow's lack of just above. A successful Friday lunchtime shopping trip indeed.

krakow, Saturday, 11 April 2009 22:58 (ten years ago) link

Hm, I've just remembered that I bought that Franzen book 2 weeks ago, and I've no idea what I've done with it. Slightly annoyed that I bought Songs in A&E for not much money due to being a sad completist, and then saw the fancy book edition for not much money a week later. Not that much of a sad completist that I'll actually buy it again.

I had to check that the Complete Jack Johnson sessions box wasn't some sort of Jack Johnson sessions box. Could be confusing.

new drone spider (j.o.n.a), Sunday, 12 April 2009 02:05 (ten years ago) link

I still look for that I Wanna Punk Rock box set every time I go in there :'(

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Sunday, 12 April 2009 02:22 (ten years ago) link

They had so many copies of that for a while it was ridiculous. Stacked everywhere... [rubs salt in the wound]... sorry... ;-)

krakow, Sunday, 12 April 2009 07:26 (ten years ago) link

Fopp seems to have a lot of decent miles at the moment. 3CD set with My Funny Valentine, Milestones and something else for £4. Already got Milestones on vinyl, but I think I'll pick up the set for the other stuff. Can't really go wrong. Nice digi-pack of In A Silent Way for £3 too.
I did pick up the excellent (at least I remember it being excellent) C4 documentary, the Miles Davis Story, for £3 in Byre's Rd yesterday. 2+ hours long. C4 aired it maybe about 6-7 years ago over Easter? The sort of thing C4 just don't do anymore, more's the pity. Lots of amazing footage if I recall. Some really wild electric Miles footage, Keith Jarrett wigging out on electric piano. And unlike most jazz docs, I don't recall it having Stanley Crouch cropping up to denounce the post-Ayler continuum. Looking forward to watching it again.

Stew, Sunday, 12 April 2009 13:55 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

About a month ago, they had that Dylan "Tell Tale Signs" 3CD deluxe box (£120 'normally') for £35, but I hesitated and the next day it was gone.

Anyroad, it's on the HMV website for £39, if yr interested.

Mark G, Tuesday, 2 June 2009 13:49 (ten years ago) link

Aye, heard about that from a few folks. Still crazy bargains occasionally.

krakow, Tuesday, 2 June 2009 22:39 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

in fact I bought it sort-of by accident, as I had forgotten I was still holding it when I went to the till.

Best Fopp story ever!

PJ Miller, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 10:22 (ten years ago) link

Not music, but Lust, Caution DVD is only £2 at the moment

if, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 17:45 (ten years ago) link

Passing tomorrow.

On list: Big Star, George's "Wonderwall" OST. (unlikely, that last one)

Mark G, Thursday, 25 June 2009 15:08 (ten years ago) link

Marx Brothers, boxset (Animal Crackers/ Monkey Business/ Horse Feathers/ Duck Soup) for £6 <------ bought this

Monty Python, Series 1 and 2 - £3 each <------ prob. will buy these

Then in walked Barbara Castle with the Lady Eleanor (Tom D.), Thursday, 25 June 2009 15:24 (ten years ago) link

in fact I bought it sort-of by accident, as I had forgotten I was still holding it when I went to the till.

Best Fopp story ever!

― PJ Miller, Wednesday, June 24, 2009 10:22 AM (3 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Funnily enough, this time I bought "Delay 68" Can, £3, and this time it was the remaster!

Mark G, Saturday, 27 June 2009 13:20 (ten years ago) link

The 2006 remaster of Wire's 'Pink Flag', £3 in the Covent Garden Fopp on Saturday.

MichaelJLambert, Monday, 6 July 2009 22:11 (ten years ago) link

frank sinatra + count basie : live at the sands - £3
goldfrapp : we are glitter (US remix album) - £2
death before distemper (DC Recordings compilation) - £3

not had time to get past live at the sands album yet as thats just too damn good.

mark e, Monday, 6 July 2009 22:39 (ten years ago) link

I don't want to cause a big sensation, but today Fopp Cov Gdn had Can Soundtracks remaster for either £4 or £3.

I see from the above that this news is not as exciting as I thought, and I need not have rushed home especially to post it.

Also the one with a spanner on the cover.

Many other crazy bargains, but I got The Billy Childish Story instead.

They had run out of Kenny Everett DVDs.

PJ Miller, Tuesday, 7 July 2009 22:31 (ten years ago) link

Another thing - your foreigner, when he goes into Fopp, laughs and laughs at the prices of things.

PJ Miller, Tuesday, 7 July 2009 22:55 (ten years ago) link

I got the Soundtracks for £5 and the rite time & flow motion for £7 in the glasgow fopp.

Its annoying as its opened up the Pokemon style " gotta catch em all" obsession for me.

Hamildan, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 09:47 (ten years ago) link

xpost Hmm I want that Billy Childish Story - how much was it? 'Soundtracks' is possibly my favourite Can album...sometimes.

It's good to know that you're still frequenting FOPP, PJM!

Dr.C, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 11:20 (ten years ago) link

Billy Childish was £13, which is, as far as I can see, full price. 51 tracks, mind.

Now that Fopp is less of a regular thing it tends to blow my mind and quite often I come out with nothing.

On one memorable occasion a few months ago I went in with The Pinefox and he knocked stuff off the shelves with his rucksack and the security man told him off and I pretended not to know him.

PJ Miller, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 16:51 (ten years ago) link

i got can soundtracks remaster for pennies in cambridge... they also had 'unlimited edition' which was a pain coz i paid full whack for it last year.

FREE DOM AND ETHAN (special guest stars mark bronson), Wednesday, 8 July 2009 17:00 (ten years ago) link

"Soon Over Babaluma" £3
"Climate of Hunter" £3

Then in walked Barbara Castle with the Lady Eleanor (Tom D.), Thursday, 9 July 2009 12:57 (ten years ago) link

are these Can reissues the SACD ones?

and which Fopp?

the covent garden one only has: rite time, flow motion, soundtracks & Can.

Its getting harder and harder to find the curvey CD case ones in the shops

Hamildan, Thursday, 9 July 2009 16:58 (ten years ago) link

Yes. Covent Garden. It did have "Babaluma", must have been a sudden outburst of good taste among customers

Then in walked Barbara Castle with the Lady Eleanor (Tom D.), Thursday, 9 July 2009 16:59 (ten years ago) link

I got "Delay 1968" there. Yes, the SACD one.

Mark G, Thursday, 9 July 2009 22:39 (ten years ago) link

So Exeter HMV is moving to the (much larger) premises vacated by Zavvi, and Fopp is moving in to the old HMV. Which is about 400 yards from my house. Hooray? Hooray!

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 12 July 2009 07:46 (ten years ago) link

I'm actually glad I have to make an effort to get to Fopp, if it was on my doorstep it'd be like an alcoholic living above a pub.

Matt #2, Sunday, 12 July 2009 10:02 (ten years ago) link

I've always lived or worked near a Fopp, and you just go into a deeper level of stingyness, where you wait till everything is £3 before you buy it, where once you're breaking point was £5.

you also learn to read deeper meanings into its seasonal / generational shifts. Like people who can read the stockmarket, you can read the placement and price of CDs on Fopps shelves and extrapolate enough data for 100 articles in OMM.

Hamildan, Sunday, 12 July 2009 17:02 (ten years ago) link

cambridge branch has recently lost shelf space to what looks to be some kind of ipod port. fuck that.

FREE DOM AND ETHAN (special guest stars mark bronson), Sunday, 12 July 2009 17:21 (ten years ago) link

"you just go into a deeper level of stingyness"

LOL & OTM

jed_, Sunday, 12 July 2009 17:30 (ten years ago) link

Damn right.

Also, as well, a level of nomnomnomnom where you buy stuff you really don't need....

Mark G, Sunday, 12 July 2009 21:02 (ten years ago) link

its this level of nomnomnoming that's made me give up CDs entirely this year. (except Can SACDS)

at least if I waste money on .mp3s I don't have to look at them on the shelf and move house with them every couple of years.

I have at least 2 boxes of just shit i have never given more than a cursory listen to due to thinking "Spiritualised complete works? both 2CD volumes for £4 each?"

I'd be stupid to not buy those.

Then they are forgotten about by the time I get home.

Hamildan, Sunday, 12 July 2009 21:58 (ten years ago) link

That's why when the Reading one closed, it was sort of a blessing...

Mark G, Sunday, 12 July 2009 22:01 (ten years ago) link

Also, the thing with seeing stuff marked down so much, is that you kinda think to yourself that it's cos it's being deleted and if you don't buy it there and then, you'll never ever have the chance to own it again, or if you do, it'll be 10x more expensive. It makes me panic buy.

Enemy Insects (NickB), Sunday, 12 July 2009 22:08 (ten years ago) link

Can - "Can" £4. Why does no-one like this album? It's flippin' fantastic! I love Reepob/Rosko era Can.

I was looking for Delay 68, but the only other reissue they had was Rite Time. I think I'll have to pick that up this week. Oh yeah, they had Soundtracks too.

Dr.C, Monday, 13 July 2009 11:19 (ten years ago) link

I bet you there are other SACDs in other branches lost under piles of Kooks CDs.

dammit, if Fopp just had some sort of mail order....

.....well we'd all be doomed then wouldn't we?

Hamildan, Monday, 13 July 2009 13:14 (ten years ago) link

They used to have a website, it was rub.

Mark G, Monday, 13 July 2009 13:33 (ten years ago) link

Exeter Fopp has opened.

Can - Delay 1968 - £4
Snow Patrol - A Hundred Million Suns - £2
Animal Collective - Spirit They've Gone / Dense Manatee - £5
Lambchop - OH (ohio) - £3
Eno - Ambient 4 (On Land) - £5

Could have spent more but it's not payday till Wednesday.

I can't make my face turn into a heart (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 25 July 2009 13:51 (ten years ago) link

Snow Patrol - A Hundred Million Suns - £2

despite the jacknife lee production nick ?

(i recently asked him re his sharper than sharp style - so will be interested to hear what he says, well, thats if i ever get feedback from him)

mark e, Saturday, 25 July 2009 19:33 (ten years ago) link

It's for Em not me; she loves the first two/three albums (I like them a lot too) but was so disappointed with the Chasing Cars one that she never bother with the last one; but for £2...

I can't make my face turn into a heart (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 26 July 2009 10:57 (ten years ago) link

Just picked up Watchmen single disc, and The Departed which was a massive £3. Will wait till payday to buy anymore musics.

I can't make my face turn into a heart (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 27 July 2009 12:17 (ten years ago) link

last weeks finds

£3 jimmy smith : back at the chicken shack
£4 cannonball adderley : mercy, mercy, mercy !
£7 miles davis : in a silent way

all of them have already been played far more times on my stereo than anything released in 2009.
oh, and it will be 5 weeks before i am able to go near a cd shop again, wondering how long it will be before the cold turkey shakes begin to kick in.

mark e, Monday, 27 July 2009 12:56 (ten years ago) link

Mercy Mercy Mercy is fucking wicked.

I can't make my face turn into a heart (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 27 July 2009 12:58 (ten years ago) link

it is indeed.
just sound tracked the daily lunch time session, and could see the younger of my two offspring getting into it.

mark e, Monday, 27 July 2009 13:00 (ten years ago) link

The other day in Cov Gdns they had the mega mega luxury Elektra Records box set (Forever Changing) for £40, but I already have the normal version sitting on my shelves being happily ignored.

PJ Miller, Tuesday, 28 July 2009 15:38 (ten years ago) link

Hmm! I might actually go in for that!

But I'm in Brum!

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 July 2009 15:39 (ten years ago) link

Be more specific, which other day?

Or will they likely have sold out?

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 July 2009 15:40 (ten years ago) link

Popped in today but didn't buy anything. Manager is my brother's best friend. Reckons they might get Animal Collective for an instore soon. I'd be very pleasantly surprised, and also shocked; manager is also often full of shit, although he means well.

I can't make my face turn into a heart (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 28 July 2009 16:07 (ten years ago) link

Espers II for £3. There was an Animal Collective CD for £3 but ILM has put me off listening to them.

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan noo an' aw (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 July 2009 16:09 (ten years ago) link

you let ILM put you off a band?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 28 July 2009 16:11 (ten years ago) link

The Lex's work is done.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 28 July 2009 16:13 (ten years ago) link

A band I hadn't heard, not like I used to like them and ILM made me throw their albums in a skip or sumthin'

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan noo an' aw (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 July 2009 16:13 (ten years ago) link

Well I never saw you as someone who would chuck out cd's just because ILM hated them.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 28 July 2009 16:17 (ten years ago) link

The descriptions made them sound vile - from both sides of the debate

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan noo an' aw (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 July 2009 16:18 (ten years ago) link

I still think they are vile, however, I now like them. If that makes sense. Any logical description of them sounds like something that would make me want to kill kittens. But, somehow, it works, and I have been sucked in.

I can't make my face turn into a heart (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 28 July 2009 16:27 (ten years ago) link

I like the early stuff, the last couple i wasnt so keen on and the newest one I've only heard once.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 28 July 2009 16:47 (ten years ago) link

The Elektra thing was there on Saturday. I would phone or something before making a special journey.

PJ Miller, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 18:29 (ten years ago) link

Well, as it turns out I'll be passing there anyway, so I'll have a look-in, thanks anyway.

Mark G, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 18:53 (ten years ago) link

Krakow posted this on the king crimson thread, FOPP in glasgow have a big prog rock display with all the king crimson cds for a fiver. I finally picked up Discipline.

Also FOPP in Glasgow has Meters cds for a fiver. I have them on vinyl (bought from fopp in the late 90s up the west end of glasgow, back when fopp licensed albums to represson vinyl) but if you dont have Meters albums then get these!

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 6 August 2009 22:27 (ten years ago) link

I'm still waiting on the Miles Davis Cellar Door Sessions box to turn up. I know that it was offered by one of the bulk-selling wholesalers for cheap a couple of months ago and expected it to appear in Fopp before too long, but so far no word...

krakow, Thursday, 6 August 2009 22:42 (ten years ago) link

Which Meters? I got Rejuvenation on vinyl as part of the Virgin clearout (along with a bunch of James Brown, Lyn Collins, Gil Scott Heron, Donny Hathaway etc) a while back, but I'd love some of the earlier ones. Wish I'd snapped up all the Fopp soul and jazz vinyl in the late 90s. I got a few, but my schoolboy/student budget and lack of knowledge meant I must have missed some amazing stuff at bargain prices. Sigh.

Stew, Thursday, 6 August 2009 22:59 (ten years ago) link

theres earlier and later ones. Look in the meters section on the racks.

I got a lof of the fopp funk vinyl back then. Tower sold them too

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 6 August 2009 23:01 (ten years ago) link

Lot

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 6 August 2009 23:01 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Neither Fopp nor music, but HMV in Oxford had season one of The A Team for a fiver. I managed to resist.

PJ Miller, Sunday, 23 August 2009 18:58 (nine years ago) link

thats the best one as Amy is in it.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Sunday, 23 August 2009 19:02 (nine years ago) link

Hey guys, loadsa £3-£4 metal in the London branch! Emperor! Nachtmysium! Um...Dimmu Borgir! Er...Iced Earth! Lotsa Rev-Ola reissues too, all cheap cheap cheap! I have to stay out of this place.

Matt #2, Thursday, 27 August 2009 20:38 (nine years ago) link

Life is for living and money is for spending.

krakow, Thursday, 27 August 2009 21:15 (nine years ago) link

'Horizons Touched - The Music of ECM' for £10 yesterday out of Glasgow Union Street. Amazing. A super fancy Granta coffee table beauty in a hefty black slipcase. I love me some ECM...

krakow, Tuesday, 1 September 2009 10:19 (nine years ago) link

Going to listen to Arvo Pärt's Lamentate at soul-expanding volume in honour...

krakow, Tuesday, 1 September 2009 10:22 (nine years ago) link

Guys, the "Forever Changing" Deluxe box is in TCR, £40.

And the 3CD "Tell Tale Signs" Dylan deluxe is in also, £35.

Mark G, Friday, 11 September 2009 18:07 (nine years ago) link

They had quite a few of each tonight, but you know how these go...

Mark G, Friday, 11 September 2009 18:07 (nine years ago) link

They wouldn't happen to be doing Beatles boxes at a similar price would they?

Ismael Klata, Friday, 11 September 2009 20:00 (nine years ago) link

The single CDs were about a pound more than other places.

Mark G, Friday, 11 September 2009 23:24 (nine years ago) link

four weeks pass...

New Wire Primers book for £10, a couple of quid cheaper than elsewhere (even with a subscriber discount it's £11 from the Wire themselves).

http://www.thewire.co.uk/images/the_wire/shop/primer-cover001.jpg

krakow, Saturday, 10 October 2009 22:44 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Simon Reynolds' Totally Wired for £2!!! They've got stacks of the paperback original in the Glasgow Byre's Road branch, and presumably elsewhere.

Better still, I just picked up Michael Bracewell's Remake Remodel for £3! It's a beautiful Faber hardback, with gorgeous photo plates. They had a stack of 'em in Glasgow Union Street branch.

Loads of Ballard and David Peace for £2 just now too.

Stew, Wednesday, 28 October 2009 17:44 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

Sly and the Family Stone, "Greatest Hits" remaster, £3, Glasgow Fopp.

Mark G, Monday, 4 January 2010 12:14 (nine years ago) link

And Exeter, so probably everywhere.

exploding angel vagina (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 4 January 2010 12:16 (nine years ago) link

Sly and the Family Stone, "Greatest Hits" remaster, £3, Glasgow Fopp.

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Head in Bristol are doing this along with a few of the other remastered editions (fresh, and the bands debut i think) for £1.99 each, i will probably succumb by end of the week.

mark e, Monday, 4 January 2010 13:16 (nine years ago) link

Three lesser spotted Fall albums for £3 each in Glasgow Union Street:

'Interim' (Live + Rehearsals from 2004)
'Live From The Vaults - Los Angeles 1979'
'Live From The Vaults - Oldham 1978'

All on Hip Priest

krakow, Tuesday, 5 January 2010 22:25 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, I got one of those a while back. It had "Session Musician", a funny one, they only played it twice ever and never recorded it. One of his 'character' pieces a'la "Solicitor in Studio"

Mark G, Wednesday, 6 January 2010 08:08 (nine years ago) link

Not sure if they'll be any good, but you don't see them about much, so I jumped on it.

krakow, Wednesday, 6 January 2010 08:26 (nine years ago) link

Got this lot for £3 each in Byres Road, Glasgow:

Lou Reed - Metal Machine Music (!)
Miles Davis - Miles In The Sky, Filles De Kilimanjaro, Water Babies
Lindsey Buckingham - Under the Skin
Robert Wyatt - End of an Ear
Mingus - Mingus Dynasty
Louis Armstrong - Best of the Hot 5 & 8 Recordings (decent Columbia master - not one of those crappy out of copyright jobs)

Stew, Wednesday, 6 January 2010 10:19 (nine years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Slade in Flame (deluxe DVD + CD pack)
Robert Wyatt live Theatre Royal

Both £3 each. Fopp Mcr

Mark G, Thursday, 28 January 2010 19:57 (nine years ago) link

Wow Slade in Flame want want want.

PJ Miller, Sunday, 31 January 2010 11:13 (nine years ago) link

Sandy Denny's "Like An Old Fashioned Waltz" for £3.

One other Sandy Denny and some Fairport titles in the same rack too, which I may go back for after I check reviews.

Christ, this album is beautiful though. I'm so pleased I risked it today.

krakow, Wednesday, 3 February 2010 22:13 (nine years ago) link

Was that Byre's Road or Union St krakow?

Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Wednesday, 3 February 2010 22:14 (nine years ago) link

Union Street. Upstairs on the first outward facing display rack.

Sandy Denny "Old Fashioned Waltz" and "Rendezvous" remasters for £3 each, Fairport's s/t for £5 and "Nine" and the "Heydey" BBC Sessions for £3 each, from what I remember.

krakow, Wednesday, 3 February 2010 22:27 (nine years ago) link

I'm going back for all but "Nine" from my readings, I think.

krakow, Wednesday, 3 February 2010 22:28 (nine years ago) link

Mark Hollis album for £3 in Exeter Fopp.

No, YOU'RE a disgusting savage (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 7 February 2010 17:11 (nine years ago) link

august darnell/kid creole comp on strut ('going places') for £3.

the highest per-vote vag so far (history mayne), Sunday, 7 February 2010 17:15 (nine years ago) link

Also picked up the Kid Creole comp, and one of those Ian Dewhirst Northern Soul Story comps for £3. Was looking for the Mark Hollis on the off-chance but they didn't have it in Cambridge. One of the odd effects of Fopp is that I now never buy any Strut compilations until they go down to £5 - they all do eventually.

seandalai, Monday, 8 February 2010 00:58 (nine years ago) link

Loadsa Frank Zappa in Shaftesbury Avenue Fopp for £3-£5, plus 1st 2 Meat Puppets for £3 (all CD btw), get 'em while they're going! Unless you hate Frank Zappa as much as I do that is.

Ork Alarm (Matt #2), Friday, 12 February 2010 22:41 (nine years ago) link

A few more Fairport titles in the sub-£5 bracket in Union St. Glasgow today.

krakow, Friday, 12 February 2010 23:32 (nine years ago) link

I also completed my Sandy Denny studio album haul for under a fiver each.

krakow, Friday, 12 February 2010 23:33 (nine years ago) link

Oh I could definitely do with the 1st Meat Puppets for £3, thanks for the heads up

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 13 February 2010 01:19 (nine years ago) link

they actually had all of the ryko meat puppets discs when i went in on saturday except the first one. also a few more recent (but ace!) mudhoney albums for £3

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 22 February 2010 10:30 (nine years ago) link

Also pretty much every Jethro Tull album for £3! Unfortunately I hate Jethro Tull. Lots of VDGG for £3 too.

Ork Alarm (Matt #2), Monday, 22 February 2010 11:47 (nine years ago) link

Troubleman soundtrack by Marvin Gaye, only £3 the other day, along with a bunch of other Gaye albums.

Neil S, Monday, 22 February 2010 12:00 (nine years ago) link

Just got Meat Puppets I/II/Up on The Sun/Huevos/Monsters and also Big Star In Space and Grinderman for £3 each.

I just picked up a great wodge of the Puppets stuff and thought I had got Mirage instead of Monsters, but no, it's Monsters. I don't think Mirage was there - a shame, as I could do with hearing Confusion Fog again. I used to have II/UOTS/Mirage on vinyl years ago - will be fun hearing some of this stuff again.

Dr.C, Monday, 22 February 2010 15:42 (nine years ago) link

Was this the Covent Garden Fopp? I want those Meat Puppets records...

Neil S, Monday, 22 February 2010 16:31 (nine years ago) link

yep.

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 22 February 2010 16:38 (nine years ago) link

Yes it was. I think I got the last copies of I/II - hopefully they'll have more somewhere. There were loads of UOTS/Monsters/Huevos and the Classic Puppets comp.

Dr.C, Monday, 22 February 2010 16:52 (nine years ago) link

I got the only copy of Mirage I could see (in the new £3 racks upstairs), what a weird attempt to go mainstream that album was. Also look out for The Host on DVD (£1!).

Ork Alarm (Matt #2), Monday, 22 February 2010 16:54 (nine years ago) link

Think I might be popping along there this week then. I find I'm unable to buy single CDs, because it always seems somehow pointless, so I didn't buy that Marvin Gaye one the other day.

Neil S, Monday, 22 February 2010 16:58 (nine years ago) link

plenty of meat puppets I and II in leicester square / covent garden / seven dials / whatever last night, albeit at £5. ground floor, middle, top shelf.

koogs, Friday, 26 February 2010 10:53 (nine years ago) link

Damn you folks and your cheap Meat Pups!

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Friday, 26 February 2010 10:57 (nine years ago) link

I had II already, but I picked up the S/T, Mirage, Up On The Sun & Huevos for a fiver a piece.

I am not willing to admit quite how much I've spent on the Zappa stuff in the last couple of weeks. Suffice to say, a lot.

krakow, Friday, 26 February 2010 21:17 (nine years ago) link

YEAAAAAAAAH

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 26 February 2010 23:41 (nine years ago) link

That's the sound of Fopp'a managers when they see me walking in.

krakow, Friday, 26 February 2010 23:47 (nine years ago) link

I got some THROBBING GRISTLE and ROXY MUSIC albums for £3 each.

PJ Miller, Sunday, 7 March 2010 19:37 (nine years ago) link

What Throbbing Gristle?

krakow, Sunday, 7 March 2010 20:47 (nine years ago) link

I remember getting 20 jazzfunk for that, couple years ago.

Mark G, Monday, 8 March 2010 07:41 (nine years ago) link

£3 purchases at cambridge fopp last week:
- scritti cupid and psyche 85
- zero martin hannett story
- magazing correct use of soap
- pet shop boys actually
- grizzly man dvd
- encounters at edge of world (£4)

henri grenouille (Frogman Henry), Monday, 8 March 2010 10:30 (nine years ago) link

Plenty Roxy/BF solo too

PaulTMA, Monday, 8 March 2010 12:06 (nine years ago) link

My purchases last week, all £3;
Roxy Music - Siren
Kenny Dope / Karizma mix 2xCD
The Complete Robert Johnson
Yeah Yeah Yeah's Fever To Tell
Fire Walk With Me DVD
Black Narcissus DVD

mmmm, Monday, 8 March 2010 14:07 (nine years ago) link

Throbbing Gristle live recordings - Misson of Dead Souls and Vols 2 & 3 of Throbbing Gristle Live.

PJ Miller, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 14:16 (nine years ago) link

Vols 2 & 3 of Throbbing Gristle Live

You mean the slipcased box that came out on Mute a few years ago? I thought that was only available as a box, not as individual CDs.

anagram, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 14:40 (nine years ago) link

Lots of Blue Note CDs for £3 (Cambridge Fopp). Picked up a couple of Donald Byrds.

seandalai, Thursday, 18 March 2010 16:51 (nine years ago) link

A number of shorter Hemingway books for £2 in Glasgow Union Street, along with Lawrence's "Women In Love".

krakow, Thursday, 18 March 2010 16:58 (nine years ago) link

I don't know if the Throbbing Gristle was ever a box, but it is The Grey Area of Mute 1993. (I didn't get very far when I tried actually listening to it.)

Kenneth Anger Magick Lantern Cycle 2XDVD £12 (from the "this is the gay section, Eddie" section).

PJ Miller, Thursday, 18 March 2010 20:09 (nine years ago) link

Located the 2nd Roxy Music album for £3, well stoked, as it's an absolute winner. I'd previously only managed to find the later ones.

krakow, Thursday, 18 March 2010 20:19 (nine years ago) link

central glasgow branch buys:

cds:
search for the new land - lee morgan £3 - early shorter/hancock pairing, lee's most 'adventurous' 60s alb

money jungle - ellington/mingus/roach £3 - playing it right now, always enjoy how monkian/modern the duke sounds on this sesh, and mingus is amazing throughout

our man in paris - dexter gordon £3 - the one w/ bud powell on it

books:
thurston moore and byron coley's no-wave nyc bk - £3

dvds:
dbl disc of rebel w/out a cause - £3
synecdoche, new york - £4 (can't tell if the "smash-hit comedy of the year!" blurb on the front is ironic or not)

Ward Fowler, Friday, 19 March 2010 20:51 (nine years ago) link

thurston moore and byron coley's no-wave nyc bk - £3

Still been >£10 South of the border up to last week, been waiting for this to drop in price.

Diamanti Gallas (aldo), Friday, 19 March 2010 23:39 (nine years ago) link

its 5 in hmv right now

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 19 March 2010 23:57 (nine years ago) link

Glasgow Byres Road has Beach Boys DVDs Endless Harmony (French issue, but not dubbed) and Nashville Sounds (worth a laugh if you're a diehard) - both £3.

Annoyingly, the three or so Bryan Ferry Remasters I don't have are all remain full price in the Union St. branch, unlike the rest.

PaulTMA, Saturday, 20 March 2010 18:07 (nine years ago) link

i got the moore/coley book in HMV on Oxford St for £4 today. And also Renegade by Mark E Smith for £2 from one of those shit always CLOSING DOWN EVERYTHING MUST GO places

Dwight Yorke, Tuesday, 23 March 2010 20:16 (nine years ago) link

The surfeit of £3 Blue Note CDs drives me crazy everytime I go in there.

You Weaked It! (MaresNest), Tuesday, 23 March 2010 21:36 (nine years ago) link

sunday's £3 haul:

miles davis - milestones (plus the musings of miles and blue moods)
miles davis - kind of blue (plus ascenseur pour lechafaud + somethin' else)
charles mingus - the complete town hall concert
art blakey - moanin' (plus orgy in rhythm)

9 jazz albums for £12. result.

m the g, Tuesday, 23 March 2010 21:48 (nine years ago) link

Milestones is great. Coltrane is on fire on that album. I picked up Wayne Shorter's The Soothsayer and Art Blakey's A Night In Tunisia the other day. £3 each. They had The House That Trane Built, that glossy book on Impulse Records for £4 too, which I may pick up. Now if only Fopp were to do a £3 sale on Impulse stuff, that would make me inordinately happy.

Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Tuesday, 23 March 2010 23:52 (nine years ago) link

indeed it is. tbh, the musings of miles/blue moods are relatively bland. but still, those 3-in-1 albums are a pretty great deal.

saw that trane book, was sorely tempted. not that I'll have time to read it, mind...

if fopp did a £3 impulse sale I would be very happy but very poor.

m the g, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 08:56 (nine years ago) link

I think they had a load of Impulse stuff for £5 last time I was in the Covent Garden one.

PJ Miller, Wednesday, 24 March 2010 12:32 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

Box set of the first five Monkees albums, £13 or thereabouts...

Mark G, Friday, 24 September 2010 15:17 (eight years ago) link

todays treat.

donovan reissued catalogue on cd with tons of extra tracks etc.

sunshine superman/mellow yellow/the hurdy gurdy man/a gift from a flower to a garden(never even seen this on cd before !)/barabajagal

£3 each.

upon purchasing : 'you're not the only person today to have bought this lot'

mark e, Thursday, 30 September 2010 12:51 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, bought "A Gift to a Flower...", which is wonderful and ludicrous in equal measures

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Friday, 1 October 2010 09:09 (eight years ago) link

I feel a £3 Blue Note/Impulse/Prestige splurge coming on.

MyFatherWillGuideMeUpARopeToYourMum (MaresNest), Friday, 1 October 2010 14:30 (eight years ago) link

yeah .. i too thought that when i went in yesterday.
they just all look so tempting at that price.

mark e, Friday, 1 October 2010 14:36 (eight years ago) link

Don't know if it's been mentioned, but there's a new FOPP in London... yes that's right, a new record (/dvd/book) shop

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Friday, 1 October 2010 15:51 (eight years ago) link

... Gower Street... inside Waterstones

Tom A. (Tom B.) (Tom C.) (Tom D.), Friday, 1 October 2010 15:52 (eight years ago) link

So, is that new Fopp any good?

Mark G, Thursday, 7 October 2010 09:53 (eight years ago) link

it's okay, they had a surprising amount of stuff the main one didn't. but it's much smaller!

bitchmaid (sic), Thursday, 7 October 2010 10:02 (eight years ago) link

Oh, while I'm here:

"How not to run a nightclub" Peter Hook, £3 (the hardback)

"Soul to Soul" CD&DVD, basically: Soul people go to Ghana, 1971 or thereabouts (Ike&Tina, WPickett, Staplesingers, etc), £3

Mark G, Thursday, 7 October 2010 10:13 (eight years ago) link

New Fopp last week - Superpitcher -Kilimanjiro (in the Rock and Pop section)

mmmm, Thursday, 7 October 2010 10:37 (eight years ago) link

the fopps in glasgow really seem to have gone downhill in recent months, in terms of 'new' bargains (and especially so w dvds) - though i did pick up some great comics-related bks at bargain prices recently (the art of harvey kurtzman for three quid!)

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 7 October 2010 10:42 (eight years ago) link

Buying the first 3 expanded reissues for £9 recently, and the deluxe R.E.M. for £9, The Monkees' 'Head' for £3, The 3 expanded 70s Fleetwood Mac big-sellers for £5 each - pretty good I'd say. At least 4 Donovan reissues are all going for £3 each.

Morcheeba, simply happening. (PaulTMA), Thursday, 7 October 2010 12:42 (eight years ago) link

I meant to say, first 3 Bee Gees reissues for a total of £9. All gone now though, I think.

Morcheeba, simply happening. (PaulTMA), Thursday, 7 October 2010 12:43 (eight years ago) link

And deluxed R.E.M.s for £3 each.... I'm half out of bed

Morcheeba, simply happening. (PaulTMA), Thursday, 7 October 2010 12:43 (eight years ago) link

lol

Morcheeba, simply happening. (PaulTMA), Thursday, 7 October 2010 12:43 (eight years ago) link

Which "first 3"?

Also, which Mac expanded ones?

Mark G, Thursday, 7 October 2010 12:45 (eight years ago) link

I managed to get "from a flower to a garden" Donovan, for £3. There weren't any others as far as I could tell.

Mark G, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 15:07 (eight years ago) link

mr g. : bristol place still has t'others for £3.

if you are of a mind to need them, i could sort you out ?

or then again, perhaps your local place will be able to reallocate some from the bristol shop ?

(never asked myself, but you would think it possible)

mark e, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 15:16 (eight years ago) link

First there is a bargain, then there is no bargain, then there is.

Harrison Buttwhistle (NickB), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 15:31 (eight years ago) link

Thanks, Mark e, but no worries: What will be will.

Mark G, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:02 (eight years ago) link

Made it to the new Fopp in Gower street, ostensibly in Waterstones but it has it's own entrance.

Loads of stuff, not as big as the shaftesburyave one, but still. Got "The Drift" and the JapLP styled CD of "End of the Century" Ramones. £3 each. Oh, they have plenty of the Donovan.

Mark G, Tuesday, 2 November 2010 13:53 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Twin Peaks Gold Box £18
The Prisoner Box £21

Cov Gds

PJ Miller, Thursday, 18 November 2010 10:43 (eight years ago) link

may make a trip there this lunchtime...

Neil S, Thursday, 18 November 2010 11:00 (eight years ago) link

Twin Peaks Gold Box £18

is that season 1 + 2 ?

mark e, Thursday, 18 November 2010 11:28 (eight years ago) link

yeah, plus extras including the pilot movie

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 18 November 2010 11:41 (eight years ago) link

off to see if there is a copy in my local branch. thats very tempting.

mark e, Thursday, 18 November 2010 11:49 (eight years ago) link

The 2CD Tusk is a fiver...

Mark G, Thursday, 18 November 2010 14:30 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Spotted today at Cambridge Fopp: Lindstrom and Christabelle (2CD version) £3, Hercules and Love Affair s/t £3, New Amerykah 2 £5.

seandalai, Thursday, 2 December 2010 14:39 (eight years ago) link

Lindstrom and Christabelle (2CD version) £3

spotted that today.
guess it didn't sell quite as well as the label had hoped.
waiting to see if the label are going to do the same thing with the last annie album they released, as that too came out in a ltd edition 2cd set.

mark e, Thursday, 2 December 2010 15:11 (eight years ago) link

it came out in both

i'm assuming that it's tity boi, host of the mixtape (sic), Thursday, 2 December 2010 22:51 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

T.Rex on TV, DVD £3

You'd have thought they'd have sent me a free one, but hey.

Mark G, Thursday, 6 January 2011 14:14 (eight years ago) link

Today:

Lemonheads : Shame about Ray (deluxe) £6
book: Luke Haines: Britpop - £7
Book: Syd - Irregular Head - £3
Velvet Underground live DVD £3

Mark G, Friday, 7 January 2011 15:09 (eight years ago) link

Chung-King Express £3 if you buy something else as well. Including a badge for 50p, so £3.50 then.

Masses of other stuff, as usual.

PJ Miller, Monday, 17 January 2011 11:31 (eight years ago) link

Funnily, the T-Rex DVD has some notes I wrote.

The next time around, I got the VU DVD, mainly because we went to see them back in the day (though I don't think it was that particular gig, maybe the day after).

So, I thought I'd be safe with the Luke book, but my surname's all over one page of it! (Not in relation to myself though)

Mark G, Monday, 17 January 2011 11:35 (eight years ago) link

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet in hardback for three bucks thank you very much

jed_, Monday, 24 January 2011 00:24 (eight years ago) link

My sympathies, dude. My local chain (Newbury Comics) is still going strong though imports are hit and miss and frankly I only buy domestic releases there.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 27 January 2011 21:22 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, the Fopp in Reading, RIP also, back when.

Mark G, Friday, 28 January 2011 09:50 (eight years ago) link

Wonder how long the London branch will last?

All the early Eno cd's for £5 btw, at the moment anyway.

Satantango! (Matt #2), Friday, 28 January 2011 10:54 (eight years ago) link

London ones, probably forever (it's always megabizzy there)

Mark G, Friday, 28 January 2011 10:55 (eight years ago) link

Yeah you do wonder though, what with business rates doubling etc. Maybe they could continually re-open and close again in new premises on the arse-end of Oxford Street, on a rolling 1 month lease, a la dodgy clothing emporiums.

Satantango! (Matt #2), Friday, 28 January 2011 11:00 (eight years ago) link

bristol shop is looking somewhat tired.
shelves not fit to burst with goodies, and some of the floor space was totally devoid of any racks.
for the first time in years, i didn't come out with anything
(though was very tempted to just get all of the 'disco discharge' compilations which they had for £7 a pop).
i guess the question is - will they get sucked into the money woes of HMV ?

mark e, Tuesday, 1 February 2011 15:45 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Wailing Souls, "Wild Suspense", £2. Gower St. Branch. Couldn't see any other copies, any interesed reggaeheads.

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 18 February 2011 17:27 (eight years ago) link

A life less lived : The Gothic Box 4CD plus book and lace-up box (£15)

Iggy/Stooges : Raw Power/Georgia Peaches £6

Mark G, Wednesday, 23 February 2011 14:37 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Best of Greensleeves Records: From Dubplate to Download (£3)

Van der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts (£3)

And a whole bunch of Virgin Records CDs from back in the day, £3 (from KevCoyne to Magaz and suchlike)

Mark G, Friday, 15 April 2011 13:37 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

(I'm the only one reviving this anymore..)

A whole bunch of early seventies reggae CDs, £3

I went for Dave and Ansell Collins, "Double Barrell"

Oh, there's a bunch of Aphex Twin CDs there, "I care", "RDJamesAlbum", "SelAmVol2" at £5

Which one to go for?

Mark G, Thursday, 23 June 2011 14:08 (eight years ago) link

have to be honest, the bristol one aint fulfilling my £3/£5 booster sessions these days, and hasn;t for a while now.
though, i may be tempted to pick up the o.children album tomorrow if its still there.

mark e, Thursday, 23 June 2011 14:21 (eight years ago) link

It used to be good for WTF box sets, the last time was the Goth one, £15 which I saw recently in the big HMV for £55.

Mark G, Thursday, 23 June 2011 14:23 (eight years ago) link

the fopps in glasgow has been pretty barren recently - i'm guessing as a consequence of hmv's ongoing probs - tho at the moment they have lots of gd folk albs for 3 quid a pop - fairport, denny, jansch, renbourn etc etc - and yeah, they seem to have bought up a lot of old island stock, too (i got slow dazzle' by john cale today for 3 quid.) also at three quid - rush, status quo, uriah heap, rainbow, thin lizzy, etc.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 23 June 2011 14:36 (eight years ago) link

I've noticed that the behind-the-counter stock shelves are completely empty nowadays in Union Street, Glasgow.

The Island folk stuff for £3 is always good. I didn't spot the John Cale though yesterday, will have to have a second look...

just call me brian (krakow), Thursday, 23 June 2011 14:41 (eight years ago) link

I had a Fopp bargain-rack splurge this week: Pentangle, Tim Hardin, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Magazine, Neu, Pere Ubu.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 23 June 2011 14:49 (eight years ago) link

It's great for back catalogue filling in & hole plugging.

just call me brian (krakow), Thursday, 23 June 2011 15:02 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Today, not CDs but a book: The Immediate Story, a large thick-ish book for £5.

Basically, ALOldham's bits he wrote about the label for his autobiogs but dropped because of ongoing legal issues (it seems), with lots of pics, sleeves and newspaper articles, and filling in by the author Simon Spence.

Mark G, Monday, 8 August 2011 13:19 (eight years ago) link

ooooooooohh

generous loller at dollies (sic), Monday, 8 August 2011 15:09 (eight years ago) link

mmmmmmmmmm

Mark G, Monday, 8 August 2011 15:12 (eight years ago) link

Broken Social Scene, last and first albums for 3 quid and a Dirtybird label 3 CD comp also 3 quid.

mmmm, Monday, 8 August 2011 15:23 (eight years ago) link

Fopp Union Street in Glasgow completely closed up and shut at 4.30 this afternoon. Bad sign?

Colin Allstations (PaulTMA), Friday, 12 August 2011 19:40 (eight years ago) link

Really? I've not heard anything about that! Will ask about...

just call me brian (krakow), Friday, 12 August 2011 21:48 (eight years ago) link

Power problems apparently. They had a sign up outside say my scouts.

just call me brian (krakow), Friday, 12 August 2011 22:07 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Hmm.

Fopp (London) seem to be having a 'deluxe editions' clearout. Loads for £10 each.

VU&Nico (i.e. the first yes JPaxman), Loads of the Cure ones, Siouxsie 1st, Black Sabbaths, Kinks, QOTSA, XRaySpex, TooRyeAy, etc..

Didn't get any. Was tempted by the XRaySpex one but wasn't sure if it still had those 3rd generation demo tapes (as opposed to 1st gen)...

Mark G, Tuesday, 6 September 2011 13:06 (seven years ago) link

That's quite a tempting price, might take a scout in the Glasgow one tomorrow lunch.

just call me brian (krakow), Tuesday, 6 September 2011 21:00 (seven years ago) link

Fopp in Edinburgh has been shit recently. I know it's to be expected when the festival was on and the shop's full of tat but I can't really think of much I've bought from there in the last 6 months or so. Just seems to be the same titles for £3 one week and then £5 the next. I know they had loads of folk stuff in but that's not really my sound. Really hoping it's not a sign of things worsening.

AnotherDeadHero, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 08:42 (seven years ago) link

^^^ same re bristol.
i've not bought anything in ages.
in fact, Head is now doing a much better job.
unexpected back catalogue/reissue stuff that you never see in other shops, and at good pocket money prices (eg the momus catalogue for £4 each).

mark e, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 08:56 (seven years ago) link

I'm sure there's a "good day" as in "massive amounts of a deluxe title arrive,priced low to clear" day.

e.g. "Tell Tale Signs" 3CD+box, which started off stupidly expensive, I got there for £30, they also had the 4LP version for £20. They didn't hang around, obviously. When do these things tend to arrive? Or can it be any day?

Mark G, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 09:03 (seven years ago) link

Fopp in Edinburgh

Where is FOPP in Edinburgh these days? I seem to have lost it or forgotten where it is/was.

Euripides Trousers (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 09:31 (seven years ago) link

It's not far from Harvey Nichols

Mark G, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 09:34 (seven years ago) link

It's on Rose Street, just off St. Andrews Square.

treefell, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 09:39 (seven years ago) link

One of the odd effects of Fopp is that I now never buy any Strut compilations until they go down to £5 - they all do eventually.

― seandalai, Monday, 8 February 2010 00:58 (1 year ago)

Indeed! Fopp Nottingham currently have a whole display rack of Strut releases on offer for £5 plus free sampler CD. I picked up the Walter Gibbons and Bob Blank comps.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 7 September 2011 10:19 (seven years ago) link

Loads of the £10 deluxe editions in Glasgow Union Street branch, two sides of a full rack pretty much - both older and more recent artists represented, so definitely worth checking out for interested parties.

just call me brian (krakow), Thursday, 8 September 2011 19:13 (seven years ago) link

fopp in union st, Glasgow has been utter shit for jazz,soul and funk cds for years now. It used to be fantastic for it. its just a crappy tiny section on the balcony inbetween floors now.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 8 September 2011 19:37 (seven years ago) link

Got a couple of Ornette albums for £3 a pop in there a couple of weeks back - On Tenor and Twins. But generally, their jazz selection is poor. Ok if you want to plug the Miles and Mingus gaps in your collection, but rubbish for anything that's not on Columbia, Atlantice or Blue Note.

Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Thursday, 8 September 2011 21:05 (seven years ago) link

the blue note is nowhere near what it used to be and they also used to have a brilliant impulse section all £5 or under

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 8 September 2011 21:07 (seven years ago) link

That's true. They had a good Blue Note sale a couple of years back in which I picked up plenty of goodies. That probably cleared out their stock though. I remember getting a few Impulse! things cheap, but those all seem to have gone now.

Fopp in the late 90s was the basis of my soul and funk collection. Remember getting Stand! for a fiver and it changed my life (well, I was a 15 year old Radiohead fan). The stuff they had back then on vinyl was amazing. If only I'd been into jazz then - I've heard tales of people getting Su Ra vinyl reissues etc for a fiver. David Keenan has stories about coming across all kinds of rare free jazz stuff in the Edinburgh Fopp in Cockburn Street. The founder of Fopp was a big jazzer, so tracked down all kinds of stuff from warehouses.

Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Thursday, 8 September 2011 21:13 (seven years ago) link

yeah i got the heliocentric worlds of vols 1 and 2 on vinyl for £5 from fopp up the west end in the late 90s. A lot of my funk lps came from there too. They also supplied Tower with funk vinyl that fopp actually got pressed. once they expanded nationwide it went to shit and obviously went bust.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Thursday, 8 September 2011 21:21 (seven years ago) link

I really miss the old Fopp. I'll never forget going to Munich on holiday and upon returning going straight to the Cockburn Street branch only to find it closed. A sad and disorienting experience. The vinyl section downstairs played a major role in me starting to vinyl in the first place. Guy that worked there really knew his stuff as well.

AnotherDeadHero, Thursday, 8 September 2011 21:33 (seven years ago) link

There was a Fopp franchise in Stirling between 94-97 which was my first exposure to indie record stores. It was totally different to what Fopp is now - it was just a solid indie store, with a box of 7"s on the counter, zines, free posters, and all these cool records I'd never seen the likes of before - bear in mind all we had in town for new records was a really shit Our Price. My teenage mind found it impossibly romantic. Sadly they closed just as a really shit Virgin (now Poundland) opened in the shopping mall. But at least we had the fantastic Europa over the road - still one of the best SH vinyl shops in Scotland.

Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Thursday, 8 September 2011 21:47 (seven years ago) link

re fopp and jazz.
the bristol one used to be pretty good for jazz, however, there is now a glut of old classic blue note albums that are being pressed up by other budget labels filling the racks.
i guess these are recordings that have fallen out of the copyright rules and so open game for these budget labels to reissue ?
have to say, i aint interested in them as the packaging is often shoddy, and as we all know, a lot of the excellence re blue note albums is the cover art, and seeing as the cheapo issues replace the original covers with some crappy photo, i aint interested.

mark e, Friday, 9 September 2011 07:09 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, Fopp have a bunch of those. They're pretty good value as you get two albums for one, but as you say, they look pretty crappy and the magic of the Blue Note packaging is lost. I've not done a like for like comparison, but I don't imagine they're mastered as well as the Blue Note RVG remasters. Worth spending a fiver on the proper ones if you can get 'em.

Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Friday, 9 September 2011 11:20 (seven years ago) link

when that Stirling Fopp closed.... I picked up their entire mo wax/ninja tune catalog and just walked it right to the till..

my opinionation (Hamildan), Friday, 9 September 2011 15:01 (seven years ago) link

prior to the original one in bristol closing, i did the same re Output
they had a clearout on, and the whole Output catalogue on cd was £3 a pop.

mark e, Friday, 9 September 2011 15:15 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Glasgow Union Street is advertising a new "Swap & Save" scheme, where you exchange your CDs/DVDs/etc for money off purchases...

It advertises £1 per item swapped. Anyone else spotted this, or even used it? What will they be doing with the secondhand stock; selling it through Fopp or farming it out to other already secondhand-oriented operations? Is Fopp/HMV in any kind of cahoots with Music Magpie/That's Entertainment (which has also just launched round the corner in Glasgow's old Tower premises).

just call me brian (krakow), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 09:42 (seven years ago) link

they've had this in the bristol shop for a while now.
they sell the trade ins for £2 in a separate rack.
bought a couple : villalobos fabric, and elvis nbc tv special.

mark e, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 09:49 (seven years ago) link

Thanks Mark. Does it appear to be pretty much an automated operation? As in, everything handed in is bought for a pound, sold for two pounds, rather than being individually evaluated for value/rarity? It's a surprisingly low mark up/high value paid, when one considers the prices offered by, for example, cash converters and music magpie.

just call me brian (krakow), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 09:57 (seven years ago) link

do music magpie offer 50p then sell for £8?

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:05 (seven years ago) link

Presumably there's a maximum amount for a new item, off.

It's not like you could take in 15 old Robbie/take that CDs and get the new J&MC deluxe set for nowt?

Mark G, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:07 (seven years ago) link

Does it appear to be pretty much an automated operation? As in, everything handed in is bought for a pound, sold for two pounds, rather than being individually evaluated for value/rarity?

seems pretty straightforward.
last week i saw someone trade in a pile of stuff, and they quickly checked for scratches on disc and that was about it, they bought everything for £1 irrespective of the artist/album.

mark e, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:09 (seven years ago) link

I take it you can only use it as credit for purchasing in store?

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:13 (seven years ago) link

wasn't watching that closely. sorry.

mark e, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:14 (seven years ago) link

A 2x mark-up is relatively low for secondhand, I believe, especially if it is done as a blanket thing, because you'll often be paying over the odds for ubiquitous mainstream items that wouldn't sell especially easily at £2 secondhand (cf. hundreds of listings on Amazon starting at a penny + shipping for almost any big selling CD album of the last x years). Cash Converters & Music Magpie for example generally pay <50p per item (for run-of-the-mill things), but would sell at >£2. You can try Music Magpie here... http://www.musicmagpie.co.uk/index.asp

just call me brian (krakow), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:26 (seven years ago) link

Anyway, I'm very interested to see how this pans out here in Glasgow, on many fronts...

Swapping old CDs for £1 a pop seems very appealing, as does £2 secondhand trawling. Which of course points to their strategy being sound on at least one very important point; drawing in customers...

just call me brian (krakow), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:31 (seven years ago) link

In fairness if it's a credit only deal it'll probably work out much less than a pound a disc.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:34 (seven years ago) link

£1 for decent cds is a rip-off tho. Thats if they get any.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:35 (seven years ago) link

That's where a blanket price falls down; it's easy to implement, but the customer is ripped off for 'good/rare/valuable' cds, while the shop is ripping itself off when folks bring in Natalie Imbruglia, Beverly Knight, Take That, any older chart cd etc etc etc...

just call me brian (krakow), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:40 (seven years ago) link

£1 for decent cds is a rip-off tho. Thats if they get any.

So don't take in decent stuff ffs.

robocop last year was a 'shop (sic), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:48 (seven years ago) link

oh i have no intention in doing that. But some gullible people might.

Armand Schaubroeck Ratfucker, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:00 (seven years ago) link

if they don't care, they're not getting ripped off

robocop last year was a 'shop (sic), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:22 (seven years ago) link

but Fopp will still it for £2, even it it's worth more?

bham, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 12:05 (seven years ago) link

They might, because the time it takes them to check every CD to make sure it's not an original issue of "Lick my decals" would be more than the potential increase in revenue.

or something...

Mark G, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 12:08 (seven years ago) link

Barcode scanning linked to amazon marketplace prices should be easy to implement.

just call me brian (krakow), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 19:01 (seven years ago) link

Big Eno deal on, presumably not just confined to Glasgow Byres Road. The remastered digipacks for a fiver and the rest for three a pop. So there's the song albums, plus On Land, Apollo etc.

Also some nice new jazz stuff - Prestige, Riverside, Original Jazz Classics stuff. So loads of Monk, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey etc. Ended up with Monk play Ellington, Monk's Music, Eric Dolphy Out There, Sonny Rollins Out West, and The Quintet (Parker, Gillespie, Mingus, Roach, Powell).

Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Friday, 30 September 2011 12:28 (seven years ago) link

£3 for the jazz, I should add.

Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Friday, 30 September 2011 12:29 (seven years ago) link

but Fopp will still it for £2, even it it's worth more?

Rare indeed is the second hand CD that is worth more than £2. Obviously there are exceptions like Decals but by and large there is practically no collectors market in used CDs.

ban this sick stunt (anagram), Friday, 30 September 2011 12:39 (seven years ago) link

Tell that to MVE.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 30 September 2011 13:14 (seven years ago) link

I manage to sell CDs for pretty good money on ebay, but yes mainstream or unfashionable back catalogue CDs don't go for much if at all.

|III|||II|||I|I||| (Matt #2), Friday, 30 September 2011 13:17 (seven years ago) link

Now if they'd just put the eno reissues down to £3.

Peas, Ants, Pigs & Astronauts (PaulTMA), Friday, 30 September 2011 13:31 (seven years ago) link

They have! Bought Here Come The Warm Jets, On Land, Apollo, Music For Films and Before And After Science from Byres Road Glasgow. These were all they had.

Peas, Ants, Pigs & Astronauts (PaulTMA), Saturday, 8 October 2011 18:17 (seven years ago) link

the cramps : songs the lord taught us
the cramps : psychedlic jungle

£3 each. at last.
been on a cramps crush now for a few weeks since i picked up off the bone, so well chuffed these were added to the cheapskate pile.

mark e, Monday, 10 October 2011 08:47 (seven years ago) link

Bought Apollo and Discreet Music £3 each from Gower St. London. Fancy going back for few more Eno ones. Will prob try the £1 off with an old CD/DVD offer thing when I buy something reasonably priced.

mmmm, Thursday, 20 October 2011 19:04 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...

Monsieur le Fopp in Covent Garden had many great bargains yesterday, such as a few BFI Flipside DVD and Blu-ray releases for £3 or £5 (I got Little Malcolm, Lunch Hour and Voice Over), as well of plenty of other similarly priced DVDs of interest ( Sleep Furiously, for example) in their special clearance bins. Bargain of the day was probably the Stevie Wonder box set with a few minor scuffs on the packaging for £5 (also available in perfect nick for £15, itself a bargain) but I somehow resisted this.

All this and I think I passed Marcello downstairs in Sounds of the Universe.

PJ Miller, Thursday, 29 March 2012 09:04 (seven years ago) link

I was there yesterday lunchtime so it's highly likely! Sorry I missed you but my mind was on the curious vinyl there (all at competitive Sounds of the Universe prices of course).

Ah! You were very polite, said excuse me to get by and everything.

PJ Miller, Saturday, 31 March 2012 07:01 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

I see HMV have started doing the trade-in thing, so they have a big rack of crap at £2 each as well.

PJ Miller, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 08:35 (seven years ago) link

Perhaps they've got a deal to send them over to China for recycling into street furniture like all those Robbie Williams CDs

mmmm, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:06 (seven years ago) link

They've had some good jazz 2 for £5 offers on in Glasgow lately (and elsewhere I'd imagine). The Impulse 2-in-1s went pretty quickly (got Black Saint/Mingusx3) but there are bunch of Riverside and Prestige albums there: late 50s Trane, loads of Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins and McCoy Tyner (got the awesome Enlightenment live album from 1973) etc

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:14 (seven years ago) link

McCoy Tyner (got the awesome Enlightenment live album from 1973

incredible record, a+++ purchase

Heaven knows I'm thirsty and miserable now (NickB), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:27 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, first read about it on an ILX thread, so I doff my cap to yourself and anyone else who raved about it. Nice to have a proper copy. I'm also a big fan of Sahara, which I picked up a couple of years back. Saw him in Prague last year - free concert in Old Town Square - and while he wasn't going for it like on those classic sides, it was a classy set of Latin tinged post-bop with Gary Bartz on sax. There were a couple of other Tyner CDs there, so I shall investigate further.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:35 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Different thing:

In Fopp CovGard, they have a bunch of "X-Factor Karaoke Kits" for £5

What they actually are, is a fairly decent microphone and mixer. Decent for a fiver anyway, metal not plastic.

I got one a while ago at a 'outlet' for £10, did one of the ILX Xmas track vocals using it, not bad...

Mark G, Monday, 16 July 2012 16:07 (seven years ago) link

(Probably a fiver's worth of cables in the box at least anyway..)

Mark G, Monday, 16 July 2012 16:07 (seven years ago) link

very little in the way of interesting cds in cov garden fopp last night, more and more of the ground floor seems to be given over to, mostly foreign, dvds. but that's fine by me. some Bela Tarr dvds for a fiver each (Damnation, Man from London, Werckmeister, but i didn't see Satantango) and the Wajda war trilogy box that's been on my amazon wishlist ever since i caught the first two on Film4 and then deleted the last before watching it in some bizarre PVR accident.

koogs, Thursday, 19 July 2012 08:49 (seven years ago) link

I was tempted by the Theo Angelopoulos box sets the other day, but maybe I should work through the 20+ hours of unwatched DVDs I already have rather than buying anything new. Still, they were cheap...

don't slip in mud (Matt #2), Thursday, 19 July 2012 09:00 (seven years ago) link

(20+ hours of unwatched DVDs... i hear this. have about 20 in front of the tv and have just bought outer limits box set that was 26 hours for £12. but i just think of them as choices rather than an excess)

koogs, Thursday, 19 July 2012 09:11 (seven years ago) link

A Bella Union side-rack promotion in the Nottingham Fopp has John Grant's Queen Of Denmark - my favourite album of the decade thus far - at a mere three quid.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 19 July 2012 09:26 (seven years ago) link

Do Fopp still buy 2nd hand CDs?

The Eyeball Of Hull (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 19 July 2012 12:20 (seven years ago) link

The CovGard and Bloomsbury Fopps still do, but the used racks are nothing to write home about.

They are the definition of "unwanted", really.

Mark G, Thursday, 19 July 2012 13:06 (seven years ago) link

XP Mike T, if they have the Thousands record in that Bella Union rack, you might like it too.

MaresNest, Thursday, 19 July 2012 13:19 (seven years ago) link

Thanks for the tip, will take a look next time I'm in...

mike t-diva, Thursday, 19 July 2012 14:01 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

£30 in fopp this afternoon, could easily have been twice that - the current dvd selection matches my tastes well

unthanks - bairns (cd) £3
the thing (dvd 2011) £3
akira (dvd) £5
la belle et la bete (bfi dvd) £5
innocents (bfi dvd) £5
bed sitting room (bfi dvd+br) £9
(also had loads of bergman, lots more bfi, especially the flipside range, lots of kurosawa (although the sets were more expensive than amazon iirc))

koogs, Friday, 5 October 2012 23:23 (six years ago) link

Not Fopp, possibly, but the HMV I went to had most of the Blur deluxe editions for £3 each!

Mark G, Friday, 12 October 2012 12:47 (six years ago) link

Has FOPP been picking up the Zappa reissues? Been wondering, just in case I get to be near one in the foreseeable future.

Stevolende, Friday, 12 October 2012 13:56 (six years ago) link

Last time I was there, no.

Mark G, Friday, 12 October 2012 14:10 (six years ago) link

Glasgow Union Street branch had a copy of each Zappa last time I was in.

NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Saturday, 13 October 2012 18:02 (six years ago) link

but pricewise?

Mark G, Saturday, 13 October 2012 21:21 (six years ago) link

Full price. £10-£14 or something.

NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Sunday, 14 October 2012 07:17 (six years ago) link

Right so probably better to get mailorder where the unit is € so a bit cheaper. But really need to know if issues with Grand Wazoo not playing were ironed out. Seemed to be pretty widespread.

Stevolende, Sunday, 14 October 2012 08:03 (six years ago) link

four weeks pass...

BFI sale on at the moment. Got the early films of Peter Greenaway vol.1, Geoffrey Jones Rhythm Of Film and COI Police And Thieves for £16. Also got Ilya Khrzhanovskii's amazing 4 for £7.

Go Narine, Go! (ShariVari), Sunday, 11 November 2012 16:42 (six years ago) link

That double Beta Band double DVD was just purchased for a mere £3.

'Separate Lives', by Phil Collins & Marilyn Manson (PaulTMA), Friday, 16 November 2012 18:43 (six years ago) link

The Delta Band's double DVD?

good naber He help get undr control (sic), Saturday, 17 November 2012 00:02 (six years ago) link

for a quarter of the price

Mark G, Saturday, 17 November 2012 12:47 (six years ago) link

seven months pass...

hmv westfield (W12) has a bunch of music books for £1.99 or so. i (think i) saw england's dreaming, rip it up, totally wired, the rest is noise, that kind of stuff...

koogs, Monday, 17 June 2013 09:11 (six years ago) link

Yeah, saw those in Reading branch too.

Mark G, Monday, 17 June 2013 09:18 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Gower St London branch (inside the Waterstones), £3 for lots of Atlantic jazz stuff - MJQ, Mingus, Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman (Free Jazz, This is our Music), Alice Coltrane, plenty more.

woof, Monday, 1 July 2013 12:36 (six years ago) link

Anything particularly interesting in the Waterstones remainders section, if you visited?

Inte Regina Lund eller nån, mitt namn är (ShariVari), Monday, 1 July 2013 12:38 (six years ago) link

ha, was passing through fopp on my way there.

Most eye-catching thing was nice hardback selection from OUP reprints - classics, ancient history, medieval history - this sort of thing. About £7 per volume. They looked very good, things like a study of grain mills in late medieval europe total catnip to me, but I didn't buy in the end. I don't remember anything else tempting me.

woof, Monday, 1 July 2013 12:49 (six years ago) link

They look great! Thanks.

Inte Regina Lund eller nån, mitt namn är (ShariVari), Monday, 1 July 2013 13:03 (six years ago) link

Nottingham Fopp has started "local act Tuesdays", asking for CDs to be brought into the store so they can be played. But they're not permitted to actually sell them.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 4 July 2013 04:10 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

today i grabbed :

iamamiwhoiam : kin
salem : king night
abc - zillionaire (expanded reissue)
mark stewart - exorcism of envy
pepe deluxe - queen of the wave
tangerine dream - ricochet
tangerine dream - encore
tangerine dream - stratosphere

for a wallet busting £20.

well chuffed.

mark e, Thursday, 29 August 2013 12:16 (five years ago) link

wooo ..

the mark stewart dub cd is one of those black cds.

love those ...

(its also produced by youth, and so not all extreme noise a la other mark stewart material .. i.e. its rather bloody good)

mark e, Thursday, 29 August 2013 21:30 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

in fopp union st today: p much all of miles davis' columbia catalogue, 2009 remastered editions in card sleeves, for £3 singles and £4 doubles

Ward Fowler, Friday, 18 October 2013 15:28 (five years ago) link

yeah, there is a glut of these cardboard editions these days.
they are clearly the remnants of unsold boxsets, as fopp now do the same for abba, weather report, elo etc ..

mark e, Friday, 18 October 2013 17:41 (five years ago) link

Fopp Byres Rd also had some nice Japanese jazz reissues w/ obi strips for £3-5.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Friday, 18 October 2013 17:56 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

We really missed an opportunity to call this the Rolling Fopping Thread. Mark G I think you should make a requests to the mods!

Scooby Doom (۩), Friday, 7 March 2014 22:52 (five years ago) link

It was a different time.

And no, I don't reply within seconds to every shout-out..

Mark G, Friday, 7 March 2014 22:59 (five years ago) link

I think the original point I was making was:

If we still had to pay £15 for every cd, we'd buy less and play them more..

Mark G, Friday, 7 March 2014 23:01 (five years ago) link

And no, I don't reply within seconds to every shout-out..

Aye, you're slipping!

Scooby Doom (۩), Saturday, 8 March 2014 00:47 (five years ago) link

Fopp is apparently not selling second-hand vinyl anymore; a real shame, as I picked up some weird and wonderful stuff from their used bins>

£3 Miles Davis cardboard editions are all gone too. Kicking myself that I didn't pick some up during my last browsing session. Is this just a Notts problem, or have they gone from all Fopp shops?

president of the people's republic of antarctica (Arctic Mindbath), Sunday, 16 March 2014 19:02 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Isn't Anything remaster for £3 in cov garden branch.

(cheap foreign dvds seem to be Second Run focused at the mo (mainly good eastern european stuff) and film4 stuff. bought Daisies for £7)

(and the '2 for £5 books' also plentiful)

koogs, Thursday, 3 April 2014 14:52 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Fopp in Union St selling the 'shorter' Mark Lewisohn Beatles book for £3

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Monday, 2 June 2014 12:57 (five years ago) link

Is heavy

But excellent.

Mark G, Monday, 2 June 2014 13:21 (five years ago) link

A rack of WEA Japan CD editions of classic soul and funk albums for £5 a pop. I got Jimmy Castor Bunch's E-Man Groovin', which the guy behind the counter was shocked I'd never heard (of) before.

Jeff W, Monday, 2 June 2014 18:15 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Fopp in Union St selling the Bob Stanley pop book for £3

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:10 (five years ago) link

Really want to read that, so hope it turns up elsewhere for similar prices. FOPP still doesn't do mailorder does it?

Stevolende, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:18 (five years ago) link

I don't think so, no (it's such a hefty tome it wld prob cost more than £3 to post it to you). Maybe HMV will get cheap copies, too (in my experience most music books published by Faber tend to get remaindered)?

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 13:21 (five years ago) link

Shit, don't see that Beatles book anywhere at Union st. Will gladly buy the Bob Stanley, though.

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:00 (five years ago) link

Yeah, think those Beatles bks flew out. Big stacks of the Stanley today, tho.

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:17 (five years ago) link

Good stuff - gonna try getting one of those on my way home.

Eyeball Kicks, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:18 (five years ago) link

That Beatles book helped me understand why e-readers are so great.

I have the Bob Stanley book already obv, it never left the house for it is big.

Mark G, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:48 (five years ago) link

That Beatles book is one for the bathroom. Since just after Christmas, I've started the day with five minutes of the Fab Four's early exploits every morning, and I've still got 200 pages to go.

Eyeball Kicks, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 21:20 (five years ago) link

That is a lot of toilet paper.

strychnine, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:08 (five years ago) link

Thanks for the tip-off. Bob Stanley's book duly purchased. They were also selling Alex Ross's The Rest Is Noise for a fiver, but I didn't want to be carrying around two weighty tomes in this heat.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:24 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

surprised to see so much vinyl in the Union Street one today (dunno when the last time I was in was), v surprised to see that a good deal of it was classic blues and jazz (Muddy Waters, Sonny Rollins, early Coltrane) on vinyl at ridiculously low prices - a lot at £8, some even at £3. What's the deal with them? Are 'Studio Media' and 'Vinylogy.ru' (maybe there were others too) perhaps not the most legit of labels?

Merdeyeux, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 19:08 (five years ago) link

is the Bob Stanley book good? I was already buying Lloyd Bradley's Bass Culture today and one big fat book was enough for now, but I may pop back in on Thursday...

Merdeyeux, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 19:15 (five years ago) link

They've been doing the cheaper jazz vinyl for a while. That's what I remember Fopp being great for back in the mid to late 90s. They seem to have got some new stuff in, but I didn't know about the £3 stuff. Getting in aboot that.
Only dipped into the Bob Stanley, but it looks great. I've always liked his writing and the scope of it is fantastic.

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Tuesday, 8 July 2014 19:37 (five years ago) link

Isn't it just the sad truth that large swathes of the jazz back catalogue are p much worthless, these days - certainly on CD - and lots of it is now out of copyright in britain, so w/ no royalties to pay, i guess it's possible to punt out blue note etc albs p cheaply - only way to sell em (obv this is no comment on their quality)

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 8 July 2014 19:44 (five years ago) link

and the bob stanley bk is at least worth £3 i wld say

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 8 July 2014 19:44 (five years ago) link

I don't think so, no (it's such a hefty tome it wld prob cost more than £3 to post it to you). Maybe HMV will get cheap copies, too (in my experience most music books published by Faber tend to get remaindered)?

― sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:21 PM (3 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Thanks for response. a new branch of HMV just opened in Galway almost directly opposite where it used to be before the company went under. They have some interesting stuff in but I haven't seen any books yet. Hope it's early days and this will appear. The old shop used to have a load of books turning up at considerably cut price.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 19:54 (five years ago) link

Fopp Union street had a good chunk of the Greil Marcus back catalogue in - Mystery Train et al £3, Lipstick Traces at £5. No In The Fascist Bathroom though (I've got it, but it's got some of his sharpest stuff. Deserves to be more widely available).

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Wednesday, 9 July 2014 10:30 (five years ago) link

got the Bob Stanley book and read the first few chapters on the train down, v pleased I made the purchase. Makes me want to listen to everything he praises, even the songs I've heard hundreds of times as sonic wallpaper.

Merdeyeux, Thursday, 10 July 2014 16:38 (five years ago) link

The Bob Stanley book is good, yes. I am surprised it is so cheap so quickly. Ditto The Beatles book, I suppose. OK, ditto all books.

I got the Beck Odelay deluxe for a fiver (from Fnac, not Fopp) and it has one of those Aphex Twin pisstake mixes on it. It is not worth the while, the deluxe edition, I don't think.

I also got McCartney and McCartney II for a fiver each, in their 2CD versions. The packaging is very nice, and there are live tracks from Glasgow 1979, which must have been the bizz.

PJ Miller, Friday, 11 July 2014 08:11 (five years ago) link

Those big Faber paperback first editions tend to end up in Fopp after a few months. A more compact second edition should be along soon enough.
Might grab Macca II. The extra tracks are glorious - all his bonged out wonky Kratfwerk jams like Secret Friend and the amazing Lee Perry does the Grange Hill theme of Check My Machine...

Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. (Stew), Friday, 11 July 2014 09:42 (five years ago) link

Fresh copies of the Beatles book in Fopp Union St today

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Friday, 11 July 2014 19:12 (five years ago) link

thank you, got mine

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:09 (five years ago) link

seven months pass...

Moderat II. FOPP Covent Garden. One of your English pounds. Result.

Bloody Snail, Sunday, 1 March 2015 23:04 (four years ago) link

Great record, great price. I know it's not as good as it used to be, but I still miss having a Fopp conveniently nearby. It's not worth a trip to Edinburgh or Glasgow just to have a look.

michaellambert, Sunday, 1 March 2015 23:31 (four years ago) link

Yeah, it seems the days of some box-set overstock being sold off for £5 are long gone

Mark G, Monday, 2 March 2015 07:40 (four years ago) link

agreed.
also, the one in Bristol now sells standard catalogue stuff.
very rare that they get anything of interest in these days.

mark e, Monday, 2 March 2015 08:49 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

This is £15 in the Covent Garden branch:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fran%C3%A7ois-Truffaut-Collection-DVD/dp/B00OP9CPUA/ref=sr_1_4?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1437135806&sr=1-4&keywords=truffaut

Half the stock had £15, the other half had £25 so idk if it's a mistake but who cares?

I wear my Redditor loathing with pride (ShariVari), Friday, 17 July 2015 12:25 (four years ago)