One of my favorite films is Stephen Frear’s film adaption (2000) of Nick Hornby’s novel High Fidelity (1995) where he swaps out the London setting for Chicago. John Cusack is spot on as Rob, the owner of a struggling record store who ponders his romantic failings through music lists.
As with many of Hornby’s stories, it’s the banter and friendships and romantic struggles and joys which draw the reader/viewer in. In this case the setting of a record store is perfect for mates and customers who argue over music lists, pop culture, and the aesthetics of tastes. Part of the appeal is the taking of time to value and discuss such things; of hanging out, grazing, giving and offering advice and leaving with a new CD or record (or two). I can’t enter a record shop without thinking about the film (and maybe wishing I had a part-time job in one).
Long in the Tooth Record Store, a family-owned business tucked into an eclectic block of Sansom St., is the perfect place for a Sunday afternoon browse. I like to listen to conversations, check out the staff picks, and pick up the albums to check out the art. On a recent visit, I noticed they had a few PJ Harvey outtake CDs and an REM I don’t have and made a mental note to go back. It’s a decent-sized space and they have a fantastic collection of records, CDs and books. My daughter recently got a record player and loves going there.