i know as a start-out musician who self-releases songs, my opinion on a high street chain isn’t really needed, but i thought i would throw my 2p into the hat.
along with the huge loss of jobs, which the effect will be felt locally and nationally, i think the saddest thing about the possible (as remember, this is a situation that may yet be resolved, but i am talking about the hypothetical full closure) closure is that many teens within the next generation will not get the same feeling i received when i first walked into HMV.
as a young teen, i, like so many others, went to HMV as a matter of course on a saturday and in the week with friends as part of my trip around town. i would walk in, wide eyed and spend my pocket money in there. i would occasionally take a punt on the odd release, which i did with several of my favourite albums. i only bought the first Libertines album because my dad liked Can’t Stand Me Now and i fancied something to go with a Green Day album on the 2 for £10 deal. same applies for Neon Bible and countless other albums. teen will not now get the feeling of walking into a big shop to be greeted by thousands of albums that i knew i could love once i gave some of them a chance. there could no longer be anything like that on the high street soon, and to expect young teens to go straight to an independent record shop, further away from the centre of town where their friends want to be, is a big ask. i regularly visit Pie and Vinyl, my local record store (inside a pie shop, no less), as well as visiting second hand record shops, but i certainly wouldn’t have been turned onto those without the big HMV first. a big section of our future community won’t feel that excitable feeling.
of course the HMV i talk about is long gone. the store i walk into these days has ipads and games consoles before i can reach a single CD, and the selection is much smaller, but the point still stands and is very sad.
on a related note, fair play to banquet records with their offer to swap gift cards for a 50% discount and hopefully it works out for them.
there is some things you can’t get in any shop, and they include Four Tet’s new ‘album’, a free download on soundcloud here - https://soundcloud.com/four-tet/0181-1. i hope it gives you the same feeling listening to it as i used to have taking home those cd’s and learning to love them.