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How would you fix HMV ?


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Posted on 22 Jan 2013 09:50:47 GMT
the meister says:
Problem was they tried to be the jack of all trades and were the kings of none,should have stuck to music given wider choice .

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 07:46:46 GMT
Staff in the Oxford Street HMV put a Dory Previn CD in Heavy Metal. What does that tell you? Personally, I got sick of HMV's prices and their attitude to anything that isn't 'Chart', TV promo, Film tie-in etc. Buying online and going to record fairs seems the way to go.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 21:34:05 GMT
FDJ says:
Fives in Leigh-on -Sea,Essex is the way a record shop should be run,the staff are helpful and knowledgable,if they don't have the item you are looking for they will bend over backwards to try to hunt it down for you ,there is non of that" can i help you" b*^locks that so annoys me when your browsing.In fact they are all the things HMV in Oxford st. used to be!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 18:11:35 GMT
Johnny Bee says:
Never. And even if it did, a lot of stuff would still be over-priced.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 18:02:46 GMT
when will the blue cross go from 25% to 50% off ?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 17:06:59 GMT
Kunikos says:
I've bought from Badlands before, mail order. Like Spin CDs and Steel Wheels in Newcastle, they're all independent and staffed by people who care about music and their customers.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 10:05:56 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Do you have a website, John? I'm always willing to give indie shops a chance.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 09:32:31 GMT
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Nugent Dirt says:
Morning Leftin. I used to go there quite a bit though preferred Fopp/Rise which caters more for my taste having better funk and electronica sections. I occasionally return to Chelt to make sure the tenants have'nt turned the house into a crack den. I see Badlands is still going strong but that Rise has turned half the floorspace over to vintage clothing. The manager says the only bods wot buy CDs are codgers of 40+ and that ain't gonna keep them off the soshe.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 09:18:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2013 09:20:00 GMT
Tikka says:
Atlantic Crossing is now three quid in my local HMV. Strangely, I'm still not tempted.

Have picked up a few 'blue cross' bargains lately - Angelwitch, Sab's Heaven and Hell, DP's Burn, and I'm eyeing all the Beatles remasters which have finally come down in price a bit.

Because I was a bit slow off the mark in buying them when they came out in November/December, I managed to get Green Day's Dos and Tre for £5 each.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 00:37:03 GMT
Last time I went to HMV for a browse I hated it! Artists who I knew had loads of albums released only were represented by a 'classic' title from their back catalogue and a 'Best of'. Also,I spotted the CD album 'Atlantic Crossing" by Rod Stewart for sale at £15 only a couple of months after it had been given away with one of the weekend newspapers! £15 - I'd expect a box set for that!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 00:21:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2013 00:24:40 GMT
To be fair to the Ballymena branch, they are always on the ball and are most helpful.

The worst instore music I have heard to date was in the splendidly priced and stocked Head in Belfast. They play stuff like Black Country Communion at ear bursting volume.......................aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Glen Hughes screeching through substandard speakers made me feel so ill I had to leave, and in foul form. He was actually good in concert, so I don't know what they do to it in there.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 23:47:03 GMT
mister joe says:
Why would someone compare a discussion to pantomime or voting ballots?The bloke who wrote the post fully explained a reason to not have it.And who is ANYONE to comment on a relevance?I like real people who have real discussions that ebb,flow...not like a bunch of cyborgs.In fact in my opinion people that get the negs are 9 times out of 10 are saying the most interesting things.
Keep onnegging,see you next tuesday.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 22:40:06 GMT
I think he may have been referring to what was coming over the PA

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 22:27:55 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
Really, a whole store full of music and it's all crap?!!

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 21:34:56 GMT
paulfmuldoon says:
The last time I was in a HMV store they did not have what I wanted, the staff had never heard of the band (and didn't care), the in store music was crap, and the store was freezing cold. Plus, I always found HMV stores very dark and clinical, and generally not very welcoming.

If that is anything like the experience in other HMV stores, I am not at all surprised they are in trouble.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 21:32:52 GMT
Leftin says:
Cheers! Will write a tiny list, then stick to it. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 21:14:54 GMT
Derek W. says:
Leftin - try not to spend too much:-)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 21:12:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2013 21:14:11 GMT
Leftin says:
Thanks, I didn't know they had a shop in Bristol. Will have to visit. Am still getting used to the closure of the CD shop in Keynsham...

Hi to S.C.

PS Seems quite a few of us live within a 50-mile area of the west / south-west.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 20:52:46 GMT
I hope Rise's Worcester branch is doing well. I have fond memories from when Fame & Obscurity was around in the 80s - often my first port of call after leaving the Green Room bar just a few doors down. I got quite a lot of deleted/first edition stuff from there, all of which were new copies. It became a head/new age store after that.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 20:40:20 GMT
Derek W. says:
Leftin - I did visit Martian records a few times, but it dissappeared a few years back now. Rise also have shops in Bristol and Worcester, they had a shop in Swindon as well for a while, but much to Wharf Rat's regret, they closed that one.

http://www.vinyl-vault.co.uk/

Rise Cheltenham
Unit 19
Beechwood Shopping Centre
Cheltenham
GL50 1DQ

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 20:29:23 GMT
Leftin says:
Derek: Thanks. I was thinking of Martian Records (quite close to Badlands). Will definitely visit the other shops next Chelt visit. Buzz Music in Hereford was a real magnet for us as teens (I went to school there); they sold instruments and records. There was a guy who looked like a rock star who was always in there, chatting to the staff. I later recognised him on TV, as he was James Honeyman-Scott (The Pretenders). (We never spoke, so this isn't a name-drop!)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 20:00:12 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2013 20:06:27 GMT
Derek W. says:
Leftin - Badlands is just off the main shopping street up the Wilkinsons end. Vinyl Vault is the other end, past where HMV currently is, there's a street on the right and it's about 50 yards down there on the right, down in a basement. I'll look up the street names later!

PS - at coming up to 63, I'm probably old enough to remember Buzz Records, but I've only lived in this area for 8 and a bit years, and I think I've only been to Hereford about 4 times in that period, so no I don't remember them:-)

PPS - Rise Records are in the shopping centre where Debenhams is, they aalso hold a good selection of new vinyl.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 19:35:44 GMT
Leftin says:
Derek: Good, isn't it? Where are the other two shops, please? Is Vinyl Vault on the main shopping street near Badlands? (I don't suppose you're old enough to remember Buzz Music in Hereford as well?)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 18:49:10 GMT
Derek W. says:
Leftin - I'm a regular visitor to Badlands, usually at least once a week. There's also Rise records in Cheltenham that I visit regularly, and finally the Vinyl Vault that specialises in secondhand vinyl and also CDs.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 18:27:36 GMT
Oddly enough, I might have.
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