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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:00 am    Post subject: Heavy Metal Record Stores 80s/90s era Reply with quote

What were some of the great shops, and what do you remember?

It's all second-hand stories for me, I guess there was a rock-oriented store by me when I was in high school mid-90s but that's it.

What about Thrash Records in LA? Or Wild Rags? A lot of shops seemed to cross over into other merchandise as well, Wild Rags was originally a clothing store, right?

Heavy Sound in Stockholm lasted into the 90s, correct?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I live on Long Island, NY, and Slipped Disc was the best!! All types of metal/hardcore/punk, with tons of imports and rarities. They did a lot of in-store signings, too.

There was another great store called Agents of Fortune/The Wax Museum. It was a bit before my time, but my older brother was there every weekend buying crazy metal. He has a cool story about walking in one day and hearing the most amazing music he'd ever heard blaring from the in-store speakers. A group of metalheads was standing around headbanging and thrashing to the sounds, oblivious to everything else. My brother quickly joined in. When the record stopped, he was like "What the fuck was that????" Turns out it was Kill 'em All. He bought a copy on the spot.

Other good Long Island stores back in the day: Uncle Phil's, Record Stop (still open), Looney Tunes (still open)...a few more that I can't recall at the moment.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 2 best in my area
1) Rocket Records (Saugus, MA) - This place was full of crazy bootleg live VHS/cassette/cd, European mags, and tons of obscure metal from all over the world. You could also buy tix to metal shows here. I only wish I was a little older to appreciate how rare a place like this really was.

2) Aslain Rocks (Wakefield, MA) - Changed my life. It was run by an older woman from Ireland. I was 8 when it opened, and on the first day the local church sent a letter to my house saying "Boycott this satanic and occult shop" I WAS HOOKED! It was mostly second-hand cassettes/cds, shirts, incense, etc... typical alt shop of the early 90's. She would save me any White Zombie anything that came in (mag clippings, bootlegs, banners, shirts), and also toss me classics I didn't know yet + random extreme stuff of the time like Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Dimmu, and stuff like that.

I had no older sibling into metal or anything growing up, so these were my 2 gateways outside of MTV.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toronto, Ontario had The Record Peddler downtown across from Maple Leaf Gardens and it was the absolute go-to for metal and hardcore in the mid-80's and if you didn't know what something was or needed guidance; Brian Taylor (YYY, Aggressive Rock radio show, Fringe) could help you out.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend and I once trekked to Rock N Roll Plus in Philadelphia back in November of '97. That place had an amazing selection of metal. Unfortunately I didn't have a lot of money at the time but I at least managed to pick up In the Woods - Omnio and Starkweather - Into the Wire. The latter was recommended by the guy working there. I trusted him because he was wearing a Storm of the Light's Bane shirt.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Record Vault

Mercyful Fate in-store, Detestation on the record rack, also for sale a demo by Dave's new band...

Forget the name but there was a place out in Mountain View that did a Trouble in-store when they were playing some local shows with Slayer
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ace Records in Tampa was a mecca for hard to find & rare metal & punk gems.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Texas Tapes & Records in Pasadena back in the 80s:



There was also a Tapes & Tees in my neighborhood on the SW-side of Houston in the late 80s-early 90s - not as big as Texas Tapes & Records but had a great selection of shirts and bootlegs.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started going to Pipe Imports here in Melbourne, Australia, in the late 80s. It was run by Daniel Janecka of Modern Invasion Music and ultimately became Extreme Aggression until its death towards the end of the 90s. The store rode the waves from thrash to death to black. Fuck it was funny dealing with Janecka (a real dirtbag). His store was a victim of his distribution business, which managed to get the products he carried into all the major chainstores in Melbourne at the time (I am pretty certain I picked up, inter alia, Parnassus' debut and Summoning's second album at the local shopping centre in 1995 - had also bought Pungent Stench's debut there in 1990 or 1991). Guess he was making coin but it also put pressure on other stores as they couldn't compete. We also had Metal For Melbourne (first metal store here - think ownership changed mid 90s and was never the same. First trip here was with a friend who went to buy South of Heaven upon its release), Missing Link (was decent when it was in Flinders Lane - more a punk/hc store though carried some death metal when it was at its peak. I bought Like An Everflowing Stream and Been Caught Buttering here for $18 and $20 respectively) and Au-Go-Go (more for the garage punk/indie types but the second hand area was a mandatory Saturday review). I might be out of touch but pretty certain we don't have any real stores like this in Melbourne anymore and it is a pity. They introduce people to music and other likeminded people, were great for upcoming gig advertising and carried zines and demos etc - I guess they made things social. Up until the late 90s we would do the rounds each Saturday. As much as I enjoy browsing forums and being able to purchase online, it would be nice if a dedicated metal brick and mortar store was in my city.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Rock Shop was an institution in my hometown of Newcastle, NSW from its opening in early 1990s (i think). Punk, metal, rock, Doc Martens, stud belts, ball chains, the whole kit and kaboodle. it’s still going, and I can’t believe it survived this long in blue collar working class town.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

snakenuts wrote:
The Rock Shop was an institution in my hometown of Newcastle, NSW from its opening in early 1990s (i think). Punk, metal, rock, Doc Martens, stud belts, ball chains, the whole kit and kaboodle. it’s still going, and I can’t believe it survived this long in blue collar working class town.


The Rock Shop in Newcastle was a goldmine, they has some seriously great stuff!! I bought a heap of stuff there on the occasions that I made it to Newcastle.

I grew up in Adelaide and there was Thrash Grind Grunge & Verandah Music both metal specialists. Then later on there was Pneumatic Records which stocked metal & punk. I spent most of the 90's floating between those shops and spend most of my lunch money and pretty much any cash I could spare there so I didn't eat but I amassed a great record collection! Back then there were record shops & second hand music shops all over the place, most of them had metal sections too... those were the great days of record collecting before the internet, before eBay... before crazy prices. It was just about the fun of the hunt then taking the stuff home and listening to what you had bought & there is nothing more thrilling than a blind buy that blows you away as soon as you play it. It was a great time to grow up and those kinds of shops were a real mecca for underground music where you could buy fanzines and pick up fliers for local releases or shows. The internet has killed that whole culture.

Sydney still has Utopia Records which was been going since the 70s. Great that we still have a dedicated metal shop but they don't really do much in terms of underground stuff. Sydney still has Red Eye Records too which has been open since 1981, they used to have the second floor dedicated to metal but now its just a general store stocking all genres of music including metal. In the 90s Sydney had Fringe Art Music & The Hammerhouse both metal stores that closed down. Also tonnes of second hand stores that no longer exist. Canberra had Impact records which always had a good metal section & their mark down section was awesome... that's where you could pick up the real goodies.

All the shops in Melbourne like Extreme Agression, Metal for Melbourne, Metal Labyrinth, Missing Link etc were cool too.. Melbourne used to be great for shops but none of them are there any more. Only Heartland is still standing and I always try to support them when I'm in town.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heavy Records

Located in Vienna, Austria. If i had the money back then that i have now i would have bought the whole stock, haha.. Whatever you wanted, it was there. Lots of 80s Grindcore, Hardcore/Punk/Thrash and Death Metal.


Rocktiger

Another Vienna-based metal shop, actually right around the corner of Heavy Records. The first metal shop i went to. More Heavy Metal/Hard Rock type of thing but still an awesome collection. Could i only go back in time, i would fill lots of holes in my 80s collection..


Why Not

The place i spent all my youth, haha.. When Heavy Records closed the shop, they moved (not too far) opened up again and broadened their selection. There were more people involved and you could find Electronic, Industrial, and more mainstream Rock as well as the Death/Grind/Doom stuff that was sold in Heavy Records.
They also had a big Second Hand selection upstairs, as well as tons of Death Metal merchandise. I spent all the money i had there for years.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

S_Slaughter wrote:

In the 90s Sydney had Fringe Art Music[...]


Were they the infamous rip-off from the early 2000's?

In Montpellier there were only a few second-hand shops which had some good stuff from time to time and Backstage, whose owner was an asshole and stocked mostly merchandising but not that much records.
So the only solution to get new records were big chains like FNAC which had a decent selection in the early-mid 90's or through distros.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stockholm, Göteborg, Oslo and Berlin 2nd hand shops were just awesome. Tons of rare stuff for some few Kronor or DeutschMarks.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to go to a tiny local second hand shop from 1996 to 2015 or something, when it got closed. Place was nesebloded by a flood some years before that too, but the real problem was that no one was buying/selling anymore. Russians apparently liked to hoard vinyls quite a lot, but it wasn't enough to sustain a business. Picked up some (to be) gems from there for sure.

There also was a proper music store in my town where I used to order stuff in sometimes. Wrote down the band/album name and a week later picked it up. Got an Emperor shirt from there as well. Was too big, but I didn't care. I really should have grabbed Infidel Art when I first saw it there.

Ordering by phone was also something I did all the time, until eventually email and online store systems became the standard.
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