Tell us a little bit about your record store?
Hey, we have been here for 33 and a third years – does that makes us dinosaurs? We’re smack bang in the middle of Greville St. No idea how we’ve managed it, but we’re pleased to still be around.
What differentiates your record store from other stores? Is there anything that your specialise in?
I think we are just a grotty, disorganised, semi-dysfunctional (though brilliant) and very, very well-stocked indie record store run by a pair of very lovable old fellas.
What special World Record Day releases do you have in stock?
We hope to have shitloads of Record Store Day stock, much of which will arrive over the next few weeks. It’s in the hands of the gods really as to what we get.
Have you see a seen a revival in vinyl over the past few years?
Vinyl rules – always has and always will. Business and life itself would be fucked without it.
How long have you worked in a record store and what is the most bizarre thing that has happened to you in your time there?
I’ve worked in Greville for 28 bloody years and the most bizarre thing apart from the snake we found and Steve getting trapped behind the book shelf one night would be that I still manage to make it to work each day. That’s bewildering and bizarre.
Who is the most famous/renowned person you have had in your record store?
Most famous! Heck! Lots over the years, though our favourite moments would be Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys, Alex Chilton, Stevie Van Zandt (I introduced myself as the boss) and we recently had a fellow who said he was Jesus, but we have our doubts.
What is the best and worst thing about working in a record store?
Best thing about working in a record store is that I don’t have to do any work if I don’t feel up to it.
What is your favourite record and why?
Oh that is opening up a can of worms, isn’t it? I have at least 257 favourite ever records. How about Patti Smith’s Piss Factory single?
What is your most obscure record and why?
We have Neil young & The Squires’ single and an original copy of Bill Fay’s Time Of The Last Persecution.
What is your rarest and most valuable record?
Well, The Squires’ seven-inch single is going to sell for a few grand.
Why should people buy records?
People should be records because they are awesome – the real deal – the only way to really listen to music. MP3 s are for jerks and sound like shit coming through a rusty drainpipe entering your earlobe. Records sound big and clear and beautiful and fill your heart with joy.