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HMV Eighties

Our Favourite Shop – HMV Stores In The Eighties

1980s, Architecture, HMV, Music, Vinyl • 9581 Views • 2 Comments

We’ll start off by warning you – These pictures are nowhere near as exciting as the previous HMV 1960s Oxford street store photos we’ve posted. However they are still worth looking at, even if it’s just to reminisce about the cost of albums, Setting sons by The Jam for under Four pound – Bargain!

This time we’re branching out and visiting different HMV stores in the UK during the eighties .There’s the Bedford shop stacked with Marshall amps, a ‘Dummy store’ in a warehouse with various displays. Then it’s back to the HMV flagship store in Oxford street, London with a window display for the Two Tone live album Dance Craze and an in-store visit by Hip Hop pioneers Run DMC – Now, Let’s walk this way.


hmv 363 Oxford Street, London - 2 Tone Dance Craze window display August 1981.

hmv dummy store 1985

hmv dummy store 1985

hmv display signs and logos from the 1980s

hmv Oxford Street - 1st Floor computer software 2

hmv 363 Oxford Street, London - Fawlty Towers 'Second Sitting' LP release 1981

hmv Norwich early 1980s

hmv Oxford Street - 1st Floor Computer Software Early 80s

hmv dummy store 1985

RUN DMC @ 363 Oxford Street, London, September 1986

hmv dummy store 1985

hmv dummy store 1985

hmv Sheffield 1980s

hmv display signs and logos from the 1980s

hmv 363 Oxford Street, London - 2 Tone Dance Craze in store display August 1981

hmv tape crusader offer 1980s

hmv Norwich 1985

hmv Bedford 1985

hmv 363 Oxford Street, London - Prime Cuts sale window display 1980s

hmv Nottingham 1985

hmv Nottingham 1986

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  • http://@ClarenceRook Ian Johnson

    I worked on the singles desk, then albums A-G, then 12″ singles buyer and lastly the buyer of all independent product for 363 Oxford Street before moving onto being one of the managers of HMV Trocadero. Amazing days, free entry to gigs, amazing promos, hilarious (and incredibly knowledgable) staff.
    Fondest memories include staff being asked to join the queue for China Crisis P.A., an altercation with Keith Harris and Orville at a 363 Ground Floor Christmas party and a large group of genius personalities who made going to work a joyful experience. Some of the happiest days of my life without question.

  • https://www.facebook.com/nickbeccaheath Nick Heath

    amazing photos… why i should be sad for the demise of a shop i don’t know. but i am. i worked for hmv 1990-92 in London Trocadero store and it was like a dream come true.. then again in 2002-08… which was less of a dream more of a sales job. sad.

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