Flashback Records Staff Blog

  • 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, steveredmond@btinternet.com, 07770 924720

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

  • Cheetahs Instore Friday 11th Jan

    Posted on 2013/01/10 by Mark

    Cheetahs play a return gig at Flashback Islington on Friday 11th Jan at 7pm.

    Facebook Page for details:


    This post was posted in Instore Gigs

  • Murder Barn Instore

    Posted on 2012/08/31 by Ossie


    At 7pm on Friday the 14th of September we will be hosting the very Murder Barn for an instore gig.

    7pm I tell you, at our Islington shop, 50 Essex Road, London N1 8LR. Free entry of course and you can have a browse through our vinyl selection with a beer in hand.

    Bring your friends down and, if you fancy it, stick around for beers and dancing at the Mucky Pup afterwards where the Murder Barn play the records for you.

    Check out the Murder Barn's music at bandcamp.

    You can RSVP on Facebook if that's your kind of thing.


    This post was posted in Essex Road, Instore Gigs

  • Tonight! Female Band Instore at Essex Road

    Posted on 2012/06/01 by Mark

    MUSICS! :  http://soundcloud.com/femaleband

    FACEBOOKS! : http://www.facebook.com/imfemaleband


    This post was posted in Uncategorized

  • Top Banana Window Display

    Posted on 2012/06/01 by Mark

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  • 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:

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    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...

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    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

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