Monday, 25 October 2010
I Love Fopp!
Here's a great idea. Let's keep record shops. Have them stocked with good cross section of catalogues. Include the obscure at appropriate higher prices but overall be cheap. Plenty of bargain basement stuff. Offers for £3, £5, £8. New (but not mainstream) releases for £10. Special offers for local events - London Jazz Week - sell some old but classic Columbia jazz sets for £3 in cool vinyl cover copies. Include books about music, film and anything ... well anything really. Most of all have staff who want to help, know their stuff and like customers. Fopp went bust a couple of years ago and was bought out (they say saved) by HMV. Interesting as Fopp is what i'd like to have seen HMV become. Ask most HMV staff a not too difficult music question and not only will they not know but will show you they don't really care (my experience granted but there you go). Compare it to my Covent Garden Favourite and there is no contest. I will support this store for as long as they support my record buying habit in this way. Power to the Fopp!