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A n extract from the 2nd ”On The Cheap” magazine. I think Powercuts used to be “Yanks” which was el cheapo but most of the records had the corners cut off ,(something to do with them being imports I think). Mind you if I could have ever got Al Wilson’s “The Snake “, Etta James "Rather Go Blind" or Marlena Shaw's take on "Wade In The Water" on a K-tel or Pickwick compilation instead of on a 7” it wouldn’t have worried me too much;(Chrimbo coming though, I've been good this year so here's hoping....). Pandemonium was run by a big old hippy twot (called George I think...) and expensive to boot. Doesn’t mention Discount records in the Underground, which may have been long gone by then, or Record Peddlar up on Ancoats St.
Artefact added : 27th November 2010
by dubwise-er
shauns Says –
Agreed - Powercuts used to Yanks - just down from Rotters with the iconic PERNOD logo. You went down some stairs past wierd machinery & conveyor belts to 2 rooms of US imports almost all with 'drilled' covers. It was definately worth a browse.
''Robinsons'' on Blackfriars St was pretty good as well, you could spend hours sifting in there.
I know there is a gallery of bags on the site but I think there should be a section on MDMA for Manchesters Record Shops, so duffers like me with a mispent youth can reminisce....
Cheers for another quality upload!!
COMMENT ADDED 1st December 2010
dubwise-er Says –
Ah yes "the machinery". Asked once what that was all about; I think it belonged to a different company;something to do with manufacturing bees for the export market....(?).Forgot about Robinsons, that was huge; just past St. Mary's gate and over the Irwell as I recall.They had everything in there. There was also a good one in St. James"s Square off Deansgate. I remember that one 'cos when Mr. Zimmerman came to the U.K. in '78 I queued for about 6 hours ,from the wee hours of the morning to get tickets for Earl's Court from that shop. I also bought "Crossroads" Cream (the infamous Robert Johnson song), "Soul Power" James Brown and "Love Like a Man" 10 Years After (which the B-side was a live version played at 33; fascinating stuff I know...), all at one hit at that shop, so I knew what retail therapy was long before I heard of it. There was also another crammed shop in Shudehill which had 2 levels (a grotty old basement), and sold books, old music papers etc, and a big outdoor stall near The Arndale bus depot ,which I presume is long gone. the things you remember....
COMMENT ADDED 2nd December 2010
David Routh Says –
got my first copy of the Rocky Horror picture show from Yanks 49p bargin
COMMENT ADDED 10th February 2015
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