Record store day­dream

Our pick of the fic­tional stores in which we’d love to while away our brows­ing hours

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We’ve picked out seven fic­tional record shops (and one that used to ex­ist) from books and movies whose doors we wish we were able to saunter through. Cham­pi­onship Vinyl – High Fidelity Where else to be­gin if not Cham­pi­onship Vinyl? Its owner and em­ploy­ees, based in Lon­don in Nick Hornby’s novel and Chicago in the John Cu­sack film, come across as be­ing your ar­che­typal mu­sic snobs, the kind who’d sneer when you pick up the lat­est Ar­cade Fire record – but we sup­pose that means they’d at least stock a healthy ar­ray of vinyl. Em­pire Records – Em­pire Records Em­pire Records is a gen­uinely bad film, so it stands to rea­son it’s be­come a cult clas­sic since its re­lease – fans even cel­e­brate Rex Man­ning Day in hon­our of the fic­tional ’80s pop icon who plays an in-store at Em­pire, on 8 April each year. The plot of the film is de­cent if all-too-fa­mil­iar: the in­die fight­ing for its life in the wake of a mega­s­tore open­ing up nearby. And the sound­track, fea­tur­ing artists as di­verse as Ed­wyn Collins and GWAR, sug­gests some eclec­tic stock con­trol. Chelsea Drug­store – A Clock­work Or­ange The Chelsea Drug­store on Lon­don’s Kings Road did ac­tu­ally ex­ist - this par­tic­u­lar scene from Stan­ley Kubrick’s screen adap­ta­tion of An­thony Burgess’s dystopian novel was filmed there. But we want to visit it as it was imag­ined by Kubrick: a neon-lit vinyl mecca, where one might pick up some lovely, lovely Lud­wig van and a pair of de­votchkas with whom to lis­ten. Sey­mour’s garage sale – Ghost World Ghost World

was based on a graphic novel of the same name, but di­rec­tor Terry Zwigoff cre­ated ag­ing alt-cool pro­tag­o­nist Sey­mour as a way of get­ting the mu­sic he wanted into the film: “The first sign of trou­ble started when the stu­dios would say, ‘Oh, so what’s this film about, teenage girls? Oh that’s good, we can do a great pop

“A neon-lit mecca, where one might pick out some lovely, lovely Lud­wig van”

sound­track.’ So I put in [Sey­mour], who col­lects old mu­sic, and that was an ex­cuse to use that mu­sic.” Es­sen­tially, what bet­ter way to buy 1920s jazz records than from Steve Buscemi in a garage? Koop’s record store – Hu­man Traf­fic “I got the Tarzan and Jane of jun­gle just swung in on the vine this morn­ing, mate. I’m telling ya, this could turn Hare Kr­ishna into a bad­boy.” Were there a What Hi-fi? Award for most en­ter­tain­ing fic­tional record store owner, Koop would win hands down. The sad part: over­charg­ing £20 for a 12-inch is no longer a joke. TRAX – Pretty In Pink

For those of a cer­tain vin­tage, chat­ting up Molly Ring­wald at a new-wave record store would be the epit­ome of the per­fect Satur­day af­ter­noon. If we were to visit now, we would hope those choice ’80s out­fits had be­come manda­tory uni­form. The ‘Del­fon­ics’ store – Jackie Brown The scene is only sec­onds long, there’s no vinyl to be seen and as far as we can tell the store stocks only The Del­fon­ics… but a store stock­ing the works of a band so piv­otal to a Tarantino clas­sic must be worth a visit. There is vinyl spat­tered around the rest of the film so, you know, any ex­cuse to re­watch Jackie Brown. Tower Records – Han­nah and Her Sis­ters Yes, we’re aware Tower Records ex­isted be­fore this par­tic­u­lar flick, but never have its wares been so ap­peal­ing as when Woody Allen is thumb­ing through them. We’d want it to be the New York branch, and in this par­tic­u­lar scene.

Whether it’s in Lon­don or the Chicago of the film Cham­pi­onship Vinyl is, for us, the place to be

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