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

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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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen years ago) link

You tell us

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

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

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

It sounds like an excellent bargain to me.

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

I have never been in Fopp.

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

Loose digipak trays? The boycott starts HERE!

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

Has the "New Answers" Page died?

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

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

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

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

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

Cor!

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

er, ok.

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

i think i would fail in a similar way.

Theorry Henry (Enrique), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 10:07 (fourteen 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

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 (three 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 (one year 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 (nine months ago) link

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

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

two weeks pass...

(Oh, it's still closed).

djh, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 21:02 (eight 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 (seven months ago) link

Yes

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

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

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

HMV Westfield has reopened as of today.

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


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