You won't find a sunglassed Cusack sulking behind the counter in leather or Jack Black doing the "clapping tornado" between the aisles at this record shop, but according to its website, this store is the source of inspiration for the record shop in the movie "High Fidelity." The store is as much of an institution as the movie: Since 1979, the orange neon capital letters that glow in the front window have been guiding music worshippers to this rare-music mecca.
Faded NME covers, bowling pins and tiger puppets are thrown together in a careless window display, which does not accurately reflect the store's thoroughness in its mission to offer true gems within its bright pink walls. We're talking about '60s garage, Portuguese psyche, industrial, minimalist rock and collector editions of classics from the likes of the Velvet Underground, the Ramones and Radiohead. A cheapie will cost you $15, while the sky's the limit on other rarities. Led Zeppelin's triple album, The Grand Levitation, a deluxe edition on 180-gram colored vinyl, is going for $199.99, and for the same price you can pick up a limited edition hardcover guide to garage, psychedelic and hippie rock. A live in Manchester Sex Pistols record will cost you $49.99, and it's $69.99 for a UK limited edition etched double vinyl from Portishead.
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Puhala