Essex Road

  • Twilight Sad Instore Monday Feb 9th, Essex Road

    Posted on 2015/02/03 by Mark

    Please note - The time and date have changed to Monday 9th at 6pm. Arrive early as we expect this one to be busy!

    This post was posted in Uncategorized, Essex Road, Instore Gigs

  • Exciting times at Flashback Records as Record Store Day 2014 is coming up!

    Posted on 2014/03/29 by Linda



    We will obviously be stocking as many of the exclusive releases as possible at both our Crouch End and Essex Road branches, and have 2 live instores taking place on the day in our Essex Road store.

    The marvelous Alexander Tucker will take the stage  and so will some very special guests who will be announcing their appearance last minute…

    Throughout the day there will be various DJs entertaining your ears, so far Teeth of The Sea and Kavus Torabi (of Knifeworld) have been confirmed, more to be announced closer to the date.

    Once we know what exact releases we’ll be stocking on the most exciting day for record lovers ever, we shall publish a list online (18th April in the evening) so you know for sure you can get your hands on that special One Direction 7”... In the mean time you can have a look here for the full list of UK releases for April 19th.



    In other news, we have another great instore coming up by Sonic Cathedral signees Lorelle Meets The Obsolete on Sunday the 6th of April. Expect krauty psych shoegaze vibes, it’s gonna get loud in the basement!




    Last week we bought an amazing collection of US indie/hardcore from the late 80’s into the noughties. Think Fugazi, Shellac, Floor, Her Space Holiday, Minor Threat etc. These will all be put out during the week so keep an eye out on our “New In” section for second hand vinyl in Essex Road!

    Also, loads of mid price/cheap metal and 80s rock has come in. Get yer denim and leather on.



    The Beck LP “Morning Phase” which sold out soon after it’s released is currently being re-printed so we shall give you a heads up once it’s Beck in stock!


    And last but not least, we have a new sign outside!

    This post was posted in Uncategorized, Essex Road, Shop gossip, Crouch End, Instore Gigs, New Music, Old Music, Special Guests

  • Article In St John's News

    Posted on 2014/03/19 by Mark

    A nice article about Flashback:

    This post was posted in Essex Road, Vinyl

  • Thurston Moore Instore Videos

    Posted on 2014/02/15 by Linda

    Here's a video of Thurston Moore's instore here in our basement last week. If you've recently bought records from us that are broken, watch part two.

    This post was posted in Essex Road, Instore Gigs, Special Guests

  • Soul/Jazz et al Buyer Vacancy!

    Posted on 2013/07/16 by Matthew

    Do you know your RVG from your OJC?

    Flashback is looking to hire a soul/jazz/dance/hip hop etc. buyer to fill a position at our Essex Road store.

    It is a full time vacancy for Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 7pm with an hour lunch break.

    Ideal candidates will have an extensive knowledge of vinyl from the requisite genres and be able to identify, value, grade and price it all. Additional knowledge of other genres is welcome and previous record shop experience is essential. We use a database for cataloguing our stock so good computer skills are also required.

    Flashback is a great place to work. We have knowledgable and helpful staff and are looking for someone who will fit into our team seamlessly.

    If you think you fit the role then please email a CV and cover letter to or drop into either of our shops.

    This post was posted in Essex Road, Life In a Record Shop

  • Rock Buyer vacancy!

    Posted on 2013/05/15 by Ossie




    Flashback is hiring an experienced Rock Vinyl Buyer to join our Essex Road squadron.

    The vacancy is currently for three days a week, Thursday to Saturday, though there may be scope for expanding the role in the future. Hours are 10am to 7pm with a one hour lunch break and you could start as soon as possible.

    We're looking for someone with plenty of experience buying and selling vinyl, specifically in a shop. Someone who knows their prices for Rock, Punk, Folk, Metal, Indie and Pop. I'm afraid it's not enough to just know a lot about music, we really do need someone with experience of buying the stuff in, grading it, processing it and pricing it. We use a database for cataloging our stock, so decent typing and computer skills are also a must.

    Flashback is a great record shop to work in. I've been here nearly eight years now and I'm pretty fussy about workplaces. We get top vinyl in all the time and we've got a swell bunch of staff here. We work hard to get a lot of records out and we're pretty damn serious. Occasionally we also have a laugh. Occasionally.

    If you think you're the one for us, please send a CV and cover letter to or drop them into the shop if you're into paper and walking.

    This post was posted in Essex Road, Vinyl, Life In a Record Shop

  • Record Store Day 2013

    Posted on 2013/04/19 by Mark

    Record Store Day

    Tomorrow, Saturday the 20th of April is Record Store Day 2013.

    Not only will we have FREE BISCUITS as in previous years but we'll also have FREE BADGES and GUEST DEEJAYS to edutain whilst you get your browz on.

    Yes indeed, we've a crack team of vinyl junkies assembled to (metaphorically) whistle while we work. Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne and music enthusiasm fame, will be kicking things off at 12 noon. He'll hand over to magnetic tape archeologist, Jonny Trunk of Trunk label fame, at 1pm. After that, around half two, we'll have former Rocker in Chief of the Times and general General of music journalism, Pete Paphides. He might be playing records exclusively sourced from our pound bin. Not sure. Next up on the Murphy Meteor (pictured below) is Liam Large of the Jukebox Jam night and record label. To finish things off, when the staff are on their last legs, we'll let one of them, Duke Murphy no less, play some of his own records.

    The Murphy Meteor


    Oh, the EXCLUSIVE RELEASES? Yeah, we've got somes of those...

    Here's the full list of what we have received. We'll have all of it in our Essex Road shop and very much almost all of it in our Crouch End store, only missing the things we got a paltry 1 of (They're mostly pretty niche).

    10am opening.

    Without further ado.

    Continue reading

    This post was posted in Essex Road, Crouch End, Vinyl, Special Guests

  • Women Make Noise - instore book reading!

    Posted on 2013/03/23 by Ossie


    "Women Make Noise : Girl Bands From Motown To Modern" is an amazing new book edited by Julia Downes that excavates the hidden legacies of all-girl bands.

    We are pleased to host an event here at Flashback Records at which three of the authors, Victoria Yeulet, Rhian Jones, and Bryony Beynon will read chapters.

    from 7pm - 9pm on FRIDAY 29th MARCH

    This is a FREE event open to all.

    There will be refreshment, alcoholic & non-alcholic & free.

    Between the readings there will be a all-girl music playlist and of course we will keep the shop open for business or non-business.

    Really excited for this event (a little different to our normal in-store performances) at which you might find some inspiration or some questions to raise - I'm sure the authors will encourage discussion.

    Flashback, 50 Essex Road, London N1 8LR

    After the event, our Murph will be round The Mucky Pup (Queen's Head St) playing all-girl-band-vinyl for the rest of the night. SWELL.

    Follow us on twitter @flashbacklondon to keep up to date with our events and all things Flashback.

    This post was posted in Essex Road, Instore Gigs, Special Guests

  • SALE - 99p Records....

    Posted on 2013/03/01 by Mark

    Due to the arrival of the massive collection we purchased a few weeks ago, we are still trying to clear space in the Essex Road branch by selling loads of records cheap - So everything outside the shop is now 99p or 15 for £10.

    This post was posted in Essex Road

  • HMV - A Statement By ERA (Entertainment Retailers Association)

    Posted on 2013/01/15 by Mark

    ERA Statement on HMV

    January 15th 2013

    Director General Kim Bayley said:

    “No one can say this is a surprise, but it is still a shock. HMV has been part of the fabric of the music and entertainment business for decades. But there are signs that this may not be the end of the story.
    “It would be wrong to underestimate the affection which HMV is held by consumers and the determination of music and video companies to see HMV survive in some form.
    “We know there is consumer demand – in a poll last year HMV was ranked in the Top 10 of the stores people most want to see on their High Street. Data suggests they generated 170 million in-store visits last year and another 40 million online.
    “At the same time both music and video companies are painfully aware of the consequences of losing a retailer responsible for around a third of UK physical music and video sales. We have to hope they will not stand by and watch HMV go down.
    “There has been much misinformation published in the past 24 hours about the relative strength of physical and digital entertainment formats. Physical formats like CDs and DVDs still account for three quarters of the entertainment market. In other words HMV going from the high street is in the interests neither of consumers nor of suppliers.
    “For their part, our members – although competitors of HMV – have been quick to express their support.
    “We believe it is possible for the administrators to rescue something out of this situation. There is a precedent that you can streamline your costs and in particular the number of stores a chain trades from and still retain the bulk of sales – that’s precisely what happened with Game.
    “There is clearly is a viable business model for an entertainment retailer on the UK High Street. It is up to the administrators now to do their job and take the steps necessary to make it possible.”


    For more information, please contact:

    Steve Redmond,, 07770 924720

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