My teenage years
I was 17 when the Virgin store opened; it was most definitely a very formative part of my teenage years. I think one of the first albums I bought there was The Faust Tapes. The album sold well because of a marketing gimmick by Virgin Records that saw it go on sale for the price of a single, 59p, I think. Actually I wasted my money because it was rubbish.
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It was a strange and exotic experience to go into the Virgin store. Something almost daring and gave you bragging rights at school. This was especially so if you took your latest purchase in on a Monday, in a Virgin carrier bag. Do you remember that luscious graphic with the two ‘virgins’ entwined? I went there more for the atmosphere and to listen to new and exciting music, rather than to actually purchase anything.
Pretending to be stoned
I vividly remember listening to Frank Zappa on the headphones, whilst lounging around on the bean bags, pretending to be stoned. Ah, those were happy days. It was a fantastic shop with a great atmosphere and its own particular smell. Do you remember that? It was sadly missed when the building was demolished. Somehow, the replacement shop always seemed a little bleak and soulless by comparison.