THE LAST independent record shop in town is hoping a delivery of rare releases will revive interest in vinyl.
Wall of Sound, John William Street, is one of just a handful of shops in the UK to sell copies of Blur’s ultra-limited edition new single out today.
Today is Record Shop Day (RSD), which aims to breathe new life into the traditional record store.
Among the big names supporting RSD are Essex-quartet Blur, who have released 1,000 vinyl copies of Fool’s Day, their first recording with original guitarist Graham Coxon since 2003.
Blur’s single and exclusive limited edition records by artists including The Beatles, Pet Shop Boys and Lily Allen, will only be available from independent record shops.
Wall of Sound has three copies of Blur’s single which are expected to sell out almost straight away.
The shop, which moved from Halifax to Huddersfield three years ago, has limited edition copies of records by female solo artist Bat For Lashes, US alt-metallers Deftones and The Beatles’ Paperback Writer.
Blur frontman Damon Albarn said: “We want independent record stores to continue – they’re an important part of our musical culture. Music is a simple way for Blur to show our support and we hope people like it.”
Wall of Sound became Huddersfield’s last independent record shop after Radar Records closed their shop at Byram Arcade earlier this year to open a mainly internet-based operation in Elland.
Byram Arcade used to house Dead Wax and Big Tree record shops, while dance music specialist Fulcrum used to reside at John William Street.
Legal and illegal downloading of music and supermarkets stocking cheap chart CDs has hit the traditional record business hard.
But a hardcore of vinyl fans remain and the base is growing as young people seek exclusive records.
The Vinyl Record Collectors’ Fairs at the George Hotel, St George’s Square, are well attended with customers from as far as Poland.
Matt Scholey, who works at Wall of Sound, said: “Record shops have to move with the times. We’re doing ok. That’s the one upside of being the only independent record shop here.
“The thing is to get people back into record shops by releasing extremely limited edition records by major artists. It’s important to have these types of shops in our towns.
“RSD is strictly about the independents where people who love music are selling it rather than people who are just selling it for money.”
For a full list of RSD rare releases visit: www.wallofsound-records.com/index.php