The lost record stores that defined Glasgow’s famous music scene

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It’s no surprise that a place officially designated by UNESCO as the “City of Music” has had its share of iconic record stores over the years.

After all, it was the city that saw Oasis sign, which gave the world Primal Scream, Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, and Chvrches. Edinburgh might like to lay claim to cult tweepop group Camera Obscura, but while they may have taken their name from the so-called capital, they are Weegies through and through.

A city full of musicians, budding musicians, concert promoters, zinesters, and music bloggers was always going to have a healthy and quirky record store industry. While the internet and music streaming helped spell the end of many stores in what has always been a mildly precarious business, they are never closed in our hearts.

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23rd Constituency owner Billy Kiltie in his Bath Street store

23rd district

House and techno on the front, metal on the back – this Bath Street store didn’t waste its time with the top ten.

Hades discs

If you want to name your shop after the Greek god of the underworld, you had better make sure the shop is named after him. And oh, how did it go. The orange and purple decor was legendary, as was the huge and somewhat terrifying Rory Gallagher poster watching you as you descended, but that was the music people came for.

Rat registers

The name means ‘Records and Things’, the name of the musical memorabilia store that came before it. Most famous for hosting a book signing with Sonic Youth before their show at Strathclyde Union in 1989 – which is a really good thing to be famous for.

Echo recordings

This Byres Road store was reportedly run by “a man closely resembling naturalist and television personality Terry Nutkins” and by a woman who often hosted Twin Peaks parties in her Dowanhill apartment. What more do you need

Listening to records

Labeling itself as the home of ‘Cheap’ n ‘Nasty Records & Tapes, Listen was as well known for its ridiculously steep stairs and red lights as it was for its eclectic musical selection. So cool they even got an ad in underground magazine The Word – featuring an elderly woman from Glasgow with the caption “That’s a ‘thae bizarre records”.


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