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

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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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years ago) link

Note to self: Go music shopping with Marcello Carlin.

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

was it called A1 sounds at that point?

xp

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

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

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

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

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 19 August 2005 12:31 (thirteen 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

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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (two 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 (two years ago) link

It's usually not worth it.

this.

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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two years ago) link

Are any of them any good?

Mark G, Thursday, 18 August 2016 16:34 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (eleven months ago) link

five months pass...

End of a landmark

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-47130390

the article don, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:23 (five months ago) link

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

djh, Monday, 11 February 2019 19:43 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

(Oh, it's still closed).

djh, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 21:02 (four months 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 (three months ago) link

Yes

steven, soda jerk (sic), Saturday, 30 March 2019 17:17 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

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

Mark G, Sunday, 31 March 2019 00:46 (three months ago) link

HMV Westfield has reopened as of today.

Jeff W, Thursday, 11 April 2019 21:05 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

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