Lost In Music – another record shop goes down the tube

Glasgow loses another of its few remaining independent record shops next Sunday (31st) when Lost In Music closes its doors for the last time. The shop in De Courcy’s Arcade on Cresswell Lane in the West End was the last remaining independent shop in the area which sold new, as well as second hand, CDs and records. To be honest, it was never a place I frequented that often – its mainstay was classic rock, with decent selections of folk and jazz. It wasn’t the sort of place you’d find much in the way of cutting edge new music, but if it was Uriah Heep CD reissues and things of that ilk that you were after, it was the place to go.

The layout was a little eccentric, with CDs piled horizontally around the walls on shelving in some sort of approximate alphabetical order. The used section was pretty mainstream, and bargains were hard to find. Even so, it leaves the resurrected Fopp the only remaining shop selling new stuff anywhere west of the City Centre.

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10 responses to “Lost In Music – another record shop goes down the tube

  1. i pondered this myself recently following a trip to manchester. there were more quality record shops on a two hundred yeard stretch of road than there are in the whole of glasgow. selling stacks upon stacks of old and new vinyl and cd’s. some genre specific (fat city records and a peerless selection of hip hop) others not.

    now off the top of my head and outside of the few techno, dj, idm places, i can name avalanche, fopp, missing (which is hardly worth a visit these days) and volcanic tongue (which is pretty specific in what it sells). i’ll not include zavvi or hmv.

    and it baffles me what with glasgows apparently thriving music scene, the whole unesco thing and the fact there’s not much difference between the two centres population-wise.

  2. You forgot monorail!

    I know what you mean about the differences between the two cities. I lived in Manchester for fifteen years. Both cities do have a thriving music scene, but the main difference is that Manchester’s is primarily a DJ culture while Glasgow’s is a live music culture. My first impressions when I moved here were a) how much more there was going on in the way of live gigs every night of the week, and b) the lack of much of an underground dance scene (Optimo aside).

    Obviously Manchester has a large Afro-Caribbean population, and hip hop, soul and reggae are all still huge. This, and the whole acid house thing, has always been a vinyl based sector. Oldham Street has shops like Piccadilly and Vinyl Exchange that cover the whole spectrum, but black music and vinyl are the kingpins. So it’s easier for record shops to survive when there are any number of DJs buying vinyl by the crateful every week. Interestingly, many of Manchester’s more rock / indie specialists like Powercuts have long gone the way of most of Glasgow’s stores.

  3. i always forget about monorail!

    yeah the dj culture thing never really occurred to me.

    spent a good few hours on oldham street, vinyl exchange in particular. strange to be in a shop with one slightly embarrassed cd display and boxes upon boxes of records, not the reverse.

    haven’t been to lost in music since i was a student donkeys years ago anyway so can’t really point any fingers. except at those bloody students.

  4. “one slightly embarrassed cd display”? I work in the cd department at Vinyl Exchange and that description is laughably wide of the mark. Perhaps marxsbeard is referring to the small selection of dance cds on the vinyl floor? He must be because the reality is quite different: 20,000+ titles in all genres, with especially strong Metal, Americana, Jazz , World, Folk and ‘Alternative'(whatever that is) sections. Cds certainly don’t look as impressive in the racks as records but that’s no excuse for simply not noticing them.

  5. steady on mr donaldson. i should’ve hit return and started a new paragraph after ‘in particular’

    my comment was in reference to the preponderance of vinyl over compact disc in most stores visited and not specific to your wonderful shop.

  6. You have to be careful what you say round here – never know who may be reading!

    Hi Rae – not heard from you for a while. Not been down to Manchester for a while either – really need to get my finger out.

  7. No problem. When I read your observation I reacted not only to its inaccuracy-only apparent as it turns out-but what I took to be the implicit pro-vinyl snobbery underlying it. Granted, records are more impressive objects than cds. But it’s the music that counts, not the the delivery system. Except when it comes to downloads, of course………

    I check out MM&M all the time, Dez. Mostly, though, your posts are on music I’ve not heard, which leaves me with nothing to say.
    But the fact that there’s something new most days always keeps me coming back.

    By the way, VE is now back to be being a one-store business. Our shop on Bridge St closed at the start of August. Oldham St is now even more crammed with stuff than it was back in its mid-90’s heyday. Worth a look next time in Manchester.

  8. I frequented Lost in Music for years. Their blues and jazz section was the best in any CD shop in Glasgow (including HMV, Fopp & Zavvi), with their Jazz section only being rivaled by Mixed Up Records.

    I’m now left with Mixed Up Records, Missing, Avalanche & Record Fayre to do my CD shopping. It’s sad to see Lost in Music go.

    Euan Kidd (age 17)

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