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

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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 (six 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 (six years ago) link

Fresh copies of the Beatles book in Fopp Union St today

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Friday, 11 July 2014 19:12 (six years ago) link

thank you, got mine

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:09 (six 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) link

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 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

This is £15 in the Covent Garden branch:


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 (five years ago) link

has been on my amazon wishlist for months. (it's currently £30 on marketplace, £45 direct from amz)

koogs, Friday, 17 July 2015 12:27 (five years ago) link

Score! Was £15, as was the other 5 DVD box with 400 blows in it. They had 3 left. (The BRs were 25 quid, hence the possible confusion)

koogs, Saturday, 18 July 2015 15:22 (five years ago) link

Yeah, was in Fopp in Glasgow today and they had the Artifical Eye Truffauts in various combos of cheap. Also, a set of five early Bergman films for a £10. AE product normally ends up p cheap in Fopp. There were lots of cheap Soda DVDs, lots of gd world cinema stuff on that label - I bought Play, Barbara, Bleak Moments and Wadjda at £3 each

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Saturday, 18 July 2015 16:22 (five years ago) link

Picked up that Truffaut box myself today.

Got a book I hadn't seen before on psych folk called Seasons They Change as part of their two for a fiver book set. I paired it with All You Nned To Know About The Music Business, but also on offer were The Copendium, and Wire, GoF, REM and Morrissey biogs.

arbiter of sorrow (aldo), Sunday, 19 July 2015 19:32 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

hadn't realised that the basement of the one near leicester square was full of dvds, and more importantly, at usually the same prices they were when they were on display upstairs. this could be ruinous.

london trilogy, those 3 films for st etienne, was £3 (with another purchase)
robin redbreast (as mentioned in the sapphire and steel thread) also £3 with another purchase.

the £3-5 cds seem to have disappeared from the ground floor though, was almost all books and dvds and new music. (they might be upstairs)

koogs, Sunday, 8 November 2015 09:16 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

those truffaut dvd boxes are £12 for christmas (covent garden)

LOTS of other decent cheap dvds in there this afternoon (read artifical eye, bfi, masters of cinema etc) and books. could've spent £50 without thinking on things that'd sit unwatched for months, like the last batch. books too.

virtually no cheap cds on the ground floor though (the newish vinyl they are selling takes up 4x the shelf space of a cd).

koogs, Saturday, 12 December 2015 17:37 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

the cheap cd thing at fopp has dropped off a cliff these days.
they dont even have the random trade-in shelves.
however today the one in bristol had a pile of madonnas 'rebel heart' (non-deluxe version) for £3.
i'd say that's a pretty swift fall from grace for such a big album.

mark e, Thursday, 21 July 2016 16:39 (four years ago) link

Thesedays, if I happen to be in London I usually drop in but I end up having to force myself to buy a couple of £5 CDs or books, mainly because I won't be in for the forseeable. It's usually not worth it.

Mark G, Thursday, 21 July 2016 17:00 (four years ago) link

It's usually not worth it.


its just standard catalogue stuff now, nothing of interest i.e. i miss the randomness of their offers before.

mark e, Thursday, 21 July 2016 17:40 (four years ago) link

The downstairs at Fopp in Glasgow Union St has removed a lot of DVD/blu racks to make way for the vinyls - I guess that's where the money is. They still occasionally have a cheap DVD label sale - Arrow, Artificial Eye, BFI, Masters of Cinema etc - and I enjoyed some of those jazz/soul/funk Japanese import CDs they were punting out at £3 a pop.

Their remainder books are the best and cheapest in Glasgow (as opposed to The Works, admittedly) and still throw up the odd bargain.

Foster Twelvetrees (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 21 July 2016 19:15 (four years ago) link

same in bristol ..
lots more space dedicated to £20+ represses of generic catalogue stuff.

mark e, Thursday, 21 July 2016 19:37 (four years ago) link

I thought it was still ok at Xmas, even wished I'd had more money on me and had more time to spend in there.
So is this a development since then?
That'd be the Cambridge Circus branch so are they all bad?

Stevolende, Thursday, 21 July 2016 20:38 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Glasgow Union St Fopp - Decca/DG 20th Century composer CD series at £3 a pop (£4 for doubles) - I picked up Xenakis, Cage (played by John Tilbury), Carter and Reich - they didn't have the Stockhausen one, but might go back for some of the others

Foster Twelvetrees (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 17 August 2016 13:59 (four years ago) link

Thanks for the tip, I've just cleaned out the Covent Garden branch.

Aw naw, no' Annoni oan an' aw noo (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 August 2016 15:32 (four years ago) link

Is the Covent Garden shop otherwise naff now?
JUst was surprised to hear it had gone downhill by last month.

Stevolende, Thursday, 18 August 2016 16:28 (four years ago) link

Are any of them any good?

Mark G, Thursday, 18 August 2016 16:34 (four years ago) link

I only get to visit about once a year and have found a lot of decent stuff over the years.
Still had a lot of things i would have picked up had i had the money back in january.

Stevolende, Thursday, 18 August 2016 16:48 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

Lots of Shameless and Arrow DVDs for £3 and a few of the excellent Arrow Blu-Rays for £6 in the Halloween sale.

Bubba H.O.T.A.P.E (ShariVari), Monday, 31 October 2016 20:55 (four years ago) link

Also lots of BFI DVDs and Blu-Rays cheaper than on Amazon

Foster Twelvetrees (Ward Fowler), Tuesday, 1 November 2016 11:51 (four years ago) link

oh cool - those arrow blu-ray packages are great, i'll need to nip down to fopp and see if i can pick up a few i haven't already snagged

yokohama fuckdolphin (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 1 November 2016 11:56 (four years ago) link

five months pass...

Back to the original statement..

I have to say, that "Close to the noise floor" looks like an excellent compilation, and eBay has it for £22 or thereabouts, but I have one massive backlog, so if I saw it in fopp for a tenner, then yeah. Otherwise, I can wait..

Mark G, Monday, 17 April 2017 12:34 (three years ago) link

Was gonna say (well, I did but it didn't save)

I did make it to Fopp in Covgrdn last week, drove right in and parked nearby (just to show I still got it)..

I got the bfi remaster of Psychomania, you may have seen the thread revive recently (UNDEAD THREAD!! .. ahem)

Anyhow, the price ticket was "£12, or two for £25". How does that work?

Mark G, Monday, 17 April 2017 20:23 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Shin Godzilla (2016 Japanese reboot) on DVD for a fiver (2 DVDs, Japanese and English versions, not sure how different they are beyond the audio)

Lady Snowblood for £6, 2 films in both DVD and Blu-ray formats.

(Saved me about 4 quid over Amazon prices)

koogs, Friday, 17 August 2018 21:20 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

End of a landmark


the article don, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:23 (one year ago) link

Anyone clocked if the Oxford branch is open/has been saved?

djh, Monday, 11 February 2019 19:43 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

(Oh, it's still closed).

djh, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 21:02 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Is something happening to Fopp/HMV? I've been in recently twice and there was like 5 new releases they didn't have which are definitely out now. Like Arrow, Second Run, 88 Films stuff that they usually get. Have some labels said theyre not really benefitting from stores anymore. Feels ominous to me.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 30 March 2019 12:54 (one year ago) link


steven, soda jerk (sic), Saturday, 30 March 2019 17:17 (one year ago) link

I should have mentioned I've heard about the many store closures but it seems like there might be extra troubles when they seem to not be getting some new releases you could normally rely on.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 30 March 2019 17:55 (one year ago) link

The store closures are due to massive financial troubles. Lack of money, credit and staff can affect a shop's ability to order new stock.

steven, soda jerk (sic), Saturday, 30 March 2019 18:20 (one year ago) link

They weren't getting any new stock while they were between owners. And now I think their new owner is generally more invested in vinyl than blu-ray or DVD or CD. Shame they never seem to have sales on Indicator product, or Eureka/MOC.

Ward Fowler, Saturday, 30 March 2019 22:30 (one year ago) link

Westfield branch of HMV has been left exactly as it was when it closed the day before HMV went into administration. All the stock is still sitting there on the shop floor and there are screens still on at the back, some playing videos. So weird. It’s possible the new owners are negotiating with the landlord so they can reopen the branch at some point, but dudes: mind that electricity bill.

Jeff W, Saturday, 30 March 2019 23:46 (one year ago) link

I walked past the Oxford Street HMV yesterday, no stock in the shop.

Mark G, Sunday, 31 March 2019 00:46 (one year ago) link

HMV Westfield has reopened as of today.

Jeff W, Thursday, 11 April 2019 21:05 (one year ago) link

two months pass...
three months pass...

Shame they never seem to have sales on Indicator product, or Eureka/MOC.

― Ward Fowler, Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:30 PM

There's still a wall of Indicator but they seem to be completely finished with Eureka. Which is a shame because I think Eureka are doing all the best stuff these days.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 25 October 2019 13:34 (one year ago) link

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