Life In a Record Shop

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • Flashback DJs on NTS Radio 22/5/2012

    Posted on 2012/05/21 by Mark

    12 Noon til 2pm Tuesday 22/5/2012, Flashback DJs hijack the airwaves for tunes and laughter, fun and games!

    First of a series of shows Flashback will be doing on NTS Radio. This one features Mr Patterson, Mr Hendrick and Mr Cox.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized, Life In a Record Shop, Podcast

  • Record Store Day 2012 - Still in stock!

    Posted on 2012/04/21 by Ossie

    Wow, that was the most manic hour and a half we've had in Flashback.
    Our Essex Road shop has the following RSD items available as of 11:30. Subject to lots of change:

    Continue reading

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

  • Record Store Day 2012

    Posted on 2012/04/20 by Ossie


    The Queen's Official Birthday of record shop days.
    The only day of the year when people still queue for records.

    Below is a list of everything we have received from our dear distributing friends as of 20:46 on Friday the 20th April 2012. We may well get a few more bits in the morning. We have outstanding orders.

    If you're planning to be out standing in the rain tomorrow morning outside our Crouch End shop then they should have most of this list too but a couple of things, which we only received one of, will only be in the big mummyshop in Essex Road.

    Don't forget our Stackridge instore at Crouch End at 2pm and Essex Road's Fair Ohs instore at 7pm. By seven we ought to be dead on our feet and needing a beer. So that's what we'll have.

    Without further ado, here is the list...

    Continue reading

    This post was posted in Essex Road, Crouch End, Vinyl, Life In a Record Shop, Vinyl, Instore Gigs, Rare Records

  • Record Store Day - Appreciation

    Posted on 2012/04/19 by Ossie

    So this Saturday is Record Store Day.
    It's meant to be a day all about appreciating the remaining independent record shops and giving them a day's sales boost. It's a nice idea and the surrounding press it generates feels good. It's good to have the job you do remembered.
    What with all the hype focusing on the exclusive RSD releases that the labels put out, and the queues to get them, it's easy to forget about just enjoying a day of record shopping.

    Mila and Johnny Douglas and Callum Robertson made this Flashback model card for their Dad/Uncle James's birthday. I love that the kids associate our shop so much with James that they made this card. It is just the best. They even got the top of the green fly and the green skull man. We love it.

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

  • Priciest sellers of 2011

    Posted on 2012/01/06 by Ossie

    It seems easier than ever to sell expensive records. I think those of us who spend money on rotating-disc-music are inherently impervious to the gloomy practicalities of a recession. It never made economic sense to buy expensive records. It was just good, and it is still good.

    With that said we weren't inundated with £800 Beatles albums as we were in 2010. The top ten most expensive records that we sold in 2011 are either first pressings of classic albums that went on to sell millions, or shockingly obscure genre records that probably failed to sell at all. Continue reading

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

  • Our bestselling artists of 2011

    Posted on 2012/01/06 by Ossie

    2011 has been another record (no pun intended) year at Flashback. In April, Record Store Day helped us to our best week since we opened, some 14 years ago, and we almost matched it in the run up to Christmas. November and December takings were up almost 20% on the year before.
    Vinyl is dead?

    Our Top 40 selling artists of 2011 are mostly the established titans of 60s and 70s music, but with our expansion into selling new vinyl alongside second hand you can see some fresher faces creeping in.
    Continue reading

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

  • Special Guests

    Posted on 2011/06/17 by Ossie

    DJ Premier & Alchemist @ Flashback


    A big thanks to Chris P Cuts (The Funhouse/The Doctor's Orders) for bringing a couple of special guests down to the shop a couple of weeks ago. Continue reading

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

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