Was reading the morning paper, and it said that one of the last real record stores in town was going out of business.
Record stores everywhere are dying, you couldn’t even keep them alive with an iron lung.
I guess it’s a sign of the times.
Why pay for an overpriced CD because the store needs to pay their rent – when you can buy the same CD online for a fraction of the price? Or, which is more often the case, simply download what you want from iTunes or similar sites?
I haven’t bought a CD in a record store since I don’t know when. Last year I think, because I got a gift card for my birthday.
Record stores will remain a nice memory when I feel like getting sentimental.
There was something romantic about going to a record store to pick out That Very Special Record. Especially back in the day when there were vinyls.
Mp3’s are convenient, but I feel a little sorry for this generation for not getting that kick from FINDING something special, owning it as a collector’s item. I loved that.
Music now is just consumption. You get what you want to listen to- period. There’s no challenge, everything is available.
I knew every record store in town when I was a kid. I even still remember what they looked like and the atmosphere in there.Those that were specialized in a certain genre, would have guys who were like walking reference books. This was way before Google, and it was hard to find information elsewhere.
I remember once hearing a song in an old Gene Kelly-movie and I couldn’t get it out of my head. I didn’t know if it had even ever been released on a record, so I went to this record store that specialized in jazz, classical and film-music and explained what I was looking for. A few lines was all I had to sing to the guy, and he knew immediately what I was talking about.
There was another guy here in town, Casey, who worked at Record Heaven – which became my second home for many years. It was the hard rock/heavy metal record store in town. That’s where I bought my first Judas Priest record ever back in the early 80’s.
Record Heaven had black walls with cool picture vinyls on the walls and stuff. Very metal.
Casey knew everything. I could namedrop some obscure band that nobody had ever heard of, and you could bet your ass he knew who they were and everything they had, or hadn’t released! That’s why you went to those stores. For the info, for the knowledge. They could recommend stuff, based on your taste.
TODAY you Google a band and get the info you need, and then you get recommendations by Amazon or by other people who are into the same music as you.
Back in the day, you had to go to a record store, pick out an LP and go to the counter where you would need to put on huge headphones and listen to a record before you bought it.
NOW you just listen to it online, anywhere. MySpace, clips on Amazon, Spotify…
I collected Judas Priest and Skid Row records. I had to buy magazines like “Record Collector” and check the ads in metal mags and just basically subscribe to actual record catalogs all over the place. Record Heaven had an English guy who would travel all over the globe to buy albums, so I would give him a list of what I was looking for, and he always found it for me. I spent a FORTUNE in there.
Now, I can buy anything on eBay.
I love how easy it is building a music collection with mp3’s or streaming radio nowadays. I love how easy it is to share music (illegal, yes, but so was copying on cassettes and if it hadn’t been for that “illegal activity” I wouldn’t have discovered a bunch of bands, whose records I bought later on).
But I miss the challenge of finding and the feeling of having a REAL RECORD in my hands. I used to sit there and read the lyrics when there were LP’s. The lyrics were way too small on CD’s so I didn’t bother. I guess today I can Google and find any lyric in seconds if I want.
It’s a little sad that record stores are going out of business, but at the same time, who really goes there anymore? Some things are best just remembered…