Music Industry Leaders Share Their Record Store Memories

12/04/2019: In celebration of Record Store Day 2019, we asked people in the music industry to share their earliest memories of visiting record stores and their favourite tracks.

 

Michael Dugher, UK Music CEO

 

“The best record I ever bought was the Beatles ‘Abbey Road’, I must have been about 12. The album plus the bus fare cost me a whole week’s pocket money (a Yorkshireman remembers these things). It was worth every penny.

I also remember on another occasion buying Chuck Berry’s ‘Greatest Hits’ on cassette from Fox’s Records in the Arndale Centre, Doncaster, in about 1987. I did so because I saw the name Berry credited as the songwriter for Roll Over Beethoven on the sleeve of a Beatles album and I wanted to hear the original (I wish streaming services would name songwriters!). Because I used to be in politics, people sometimes ask me who my favourite prime minister was. The answer is easy: Chuck Berry - the prime minister of rock and roll…”
Michael Dugher, UK Music CEO

 

Annabella Coldrick, MMF Chief Executive

 

“I bought Suede’s The Drowners 12” from Jumbo Records in Leeds in 1992 when I was just 15-years-old.

I saw them play at the Duchess of York and fell in love with the music and the whole aesthetic, which the artwork on this record exemplified, just like all the other Suede 12” I subsequently bought.”
Annabella Coldrick, MMF Chief Executive

 

Crispin Hunt, The Ivors Academy Chair

 

“I first caught the music buying habit after winning a record token at my convent school raffle. My favourite teacher, Sister Marie-Carmel took us to Woolworths in Leek to choose two singles.

Terrified, I stared up at the counter and said I want Money by the Flying Lizards (still the greatest cover in music). Sister Marie chose The Pretenders Brass in Pocket because the cover matched her habit. Record stores have been a religious experience ever since.”
Crispin Hunt, The Ivors Academy Chair

 

Rhiannon Mair, MPG Executive Director

 

"I remember buying ‘Make Yourself’ by Incubus from Out Of Time Records in Ipswich, Suffolk when I was 15.

I saved up especially to buy the record and remember standing outside the store as soon as I had bought it and putting straight into my CD Walkman.

I think I stood there for about 20 minutes just listening. What a great record."
Rhiannon Mair, MPG Executive Director

 

Paul Pacifico, AIM CEO

 

“When I was at University in Brighton, me and my housemates often blew all our money on records and had a ‘Heath Robinson met Frankenstein’s monster’ sound system set up in our house as both the other guys were working as DJs and I was gigging a lot as well as a harmonica player.

One day I walked into a second-hand record shop around North Lane and a customer was listening to a record to see if he wanted to buy it. It stopped me in my tracks and I knew I just had to have it. The customer made the guy behind the counter play both sides of almost the entire album whilst sucking his teeth and trying to make up his mind. With every track I was loving it more and more, praying he would walk out without it.

Eventually he did and I have never jumped quicker to grab it - the most expensive record I had ever bought at that point, I think it cost me £25 - I still have it and love it to this day. The album was ‘I’d Rather Suck My Thumb’ by Mel Brown on Impulse from 1970.”
Paul Pacifico, AIM CEO

 

Rachel Bolland, UK Music Director Of Operations

 

"The first record I ever bought on vinyl was ‘Antidotes’, Foals debut album, which came out in 2008. I already owned it on CD and had obviously burnt it straight onto my iPod Classic, but I still wanted to own the vinyl copy. I bought it from Fopp on Byres Road in Glasgow for £12 and had no way of playing it but I still remember how much I loved owning it and pinning the poster that came with it on to my wall."
Rachel Bolland, UK Music Director Of Operations

 

Chris Tams, Director Independent Member Services and International at BPI

 

“I bought a copy of The Simple Minds ‘New Gold Dream’ from EGS Records in Wakefield in September 1982 (when I was a fresh faced 11 year old).

I’d heard a friend play Promised You A Miracle earlier that year and the sound just clicked with me. When I heard New Gold dream for the first time I knew I’d found my favourite band.

36-years-later I’m still a fan and have managed to see them over 50 times live and I still get the same feeling every time I hear that record as I did when I was 11. Truly a great record.”
Chris Tams, Director Independent Member Services and International at BPI

 

Felicity Oliver, Head of Parliamentary Affairs, Events & Diversity

 

"The first record I bought was Spice Girls ‘Spice’. I vividly remember playing it on repeat on my new CD player I’d just got for my birthday.

Over twenty years later the resonating message of Girl Power remains as relevant as ever!"
Felicity Oliver, UK Music Head of Parliamentary Affairs, Events & Diversity

 

Graham Davies, The Ivors Academy CEO

 

“Aged 12 I remember saving up for a blue vinyl disc of Would I Lie To You by the Eurythmics.

I don’t think having a blue disc made any difference to the sound but putting it on felt great.”
Graham Davies, The Ivors Academy CEO

 

Lizzie Payne-James, Lee & Thompson LLP Partner

 

“I remember joyfully being let loose in Our Price, earnestly buying Un-Break My Heart for my first boyfriend (perhaps not appreciating the lyrics), aged 10.”
Lizzie Payne-James, Lee & Thompson LLP Partner

 

Tom Kiehl, UK Music Deputy CEO & Director of Public Affairs

 

“My first single bought was 3AM Eternal by the KLF from Reflex Records in Southsea.

Situated on Albert Road, the alternative epicentre of Portsmouth, Reflex was a regular haunt for after school visits in the 1990s and sold all manner of things on top of the latest releases.

Not everything purchased was always welcomed by parents.”
Tom Kiehl, UK Music Deputy CEO & Director of Public Affairs

 

Natalie Williams, UK Music Head of Research

 

“My first solo purchase that I remember was MC Hammers' 'Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em Album' on cassette from HMV in Croydon. Me and my cousins were obsessed!

We even made our mums make us the super baggy pants so that we could practice the dance moves. I still have the same cassette to this day with my record collection in my basement.”

Natalie Williams, UK Music Head of Research

 

Giuseppe De Cristofano, BPI Director of Digital

 

“I was lucky to have an older brother who used to lend me his records and cassettes when I was young.

I remember when he got his first CD player in the early 1990’s I was fascinated with it and I went down to my local Our Price in Bromley and bought my first CD the Prodigy’s ‘The Prodigy Experience’.

I think I had Out of Space on repeat for about three months. In contrast I think my brother’s first CD was Saxon ‘Rock The Nation’, I don’t think our parents were impressed with either choice!”

Giuseppe De Cristofano, BPI Director of Digital

     
 

"During an accidental trip to St Albans after flight issues at Luton, I had my faith in record shops and humankind restored.

A quick nosey turned into a few hours’ chat with the affable and encyclopedic Dave, who’s love of music was matched only by his generous patience with a jet-lagged browser. Three months later, Dave texted me, having tracked down something fairly obscure that I had assumed I wouldn’t find.

Not Dave. These shops exist for music hearts and minds like Dave’s. Long live browsing, talking and discovering music with other human beings IRL. Shop – Empire Records, St Albans. Record: ISON by Sevdaliza."

Lucie Caswell, FAC CEO

 

     

 

 

“I spent many a happy hour browsing through vinyl sleeves and cassette cases in all sorts of retail emporia during my youth in the 1970s.

I could never pass an Our Price, HMV, Woolworths, or anywhere else for that matter that sold records old and new, without succumbing to their allure. It was always the small independent stores that held a special magic though. 

One favourite, On the Beat, was tucked off Tottenham Court Road in Hanway Street, where you were always guaranteed to find a nugget or two of combined audio and artwork joy. 

Sharply-written reviews in the NME, Melody Maker and Sounds plus clues from DJs (Johnnie Walker, John Peel, Alan Freeman et al) would often lead to searches for the latest LP releases, especially of lesser-known bands boasting imaginative names!”

Keith Ames, PR & Marketing Official & Editor of The Musician

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