What were the big ones for you? Where you learned stuff, got the fear before going in, felt a sense of community.
In Bristol, Mike Shawe’s shops were the first I visited with any regularity. Around the same time I used to phone Flying and Ashely would recommend me stuff and play records, which I used to send off a postal order for as I had no cheque book. Then Inner Rhythm and Ugly in Brighton.
But I think most of my musical DNA comes from Vinyl Junkies basement store on Berwick Street, where I got a sense of how different types of music fitted together and started to get a feel for its history. Also, from visits to NYC’s Dance Tracks, the first place I heard Joe Claussell play.
After that, I mostly started paying record dealer’s mortgages (Pure Pleasure Music).
Nowadays the shop I visit most is Eldica… Andy and I come from completely different musical places, but he’s got a good feeling about what interests me and I love the freedom of the place… just being able to rummage and listen to your heart’s content.
Tell me about yours.