Trinity 3/Pentecost 4/Ordinary Time 12 – Wednesday
Oh how, I will miss you HMV Queen St Mall. In the basement like nether regions of the Mathers Centre. One by one, my lunchtime or post-work haunts are dying off one by one. First Dance Arena and Central Station Records died ages ago, leaving essentially Butter Beats and Rockinghorse Records as the only two places in the CBD to pick up house/techno/”insert name of dance music genre here” on vinyl (oh yes, I still listen to vinyl records even though I am a relatively young whippersnapper).
Then The Music Shop had to move to the Valley leaving me with no place to walk to at lunch or after work to discuss the relative merits of certain recordings of jazz and classical works and artists with Marcus and the other staff there.
And now you HMV. Thou art leaving for good. =(
And we have thy corporate owners, Brazin, to thank for this. Probably so they no longer have to pay licensing fees to use the HMV name here in Australia anymore and also because it was planned under the HMV Australia Pty Ltd and Brazin Ltd merger that the ACCC didn’t oppose in 2005 that this would happen by 2010. And also because they have opened up a Sanity (“BOO!!! *HISS* BOO!!! *HISS*) store at Queens Plaza. While your “Specialties” section (for Blues, Jazz, Classical, Opera, Country, Roots and World Music) has in recent times, not been as extensive compared with the first time I walked in there sometime in 2001, you were still far better than other places which sold these genres. I could always count on you to get my special orders in as scheduled. But not any more.
Now in the CBD, there are really only three JB Hi-Fi stores, a Borders, Rockinghorse Records and well… Big W and Target to visit for music. Along with the pathetic selection of music at David Jones Queens Plaza and the “Virgin Music” concession in the CBD Myer.
And I will have one less place to find quality classical music that does not come from the Naxos or Eloquence budget series (not that there is anything wrong with those budget labels, but they don’t have newer stuff available that is just released). Now Borders on Elizabeth Street is going to be about the only place which will have a relatively extensive classical and jazz selection available for purchase. I may get lucky every now and again at JB Hi-Fi Macarthur Central and the original JB Hi-Fi Adelaide St store. But HMV Queen St Mall, you will always have a place in my heart.
When your shutters go down for good on Friday night, a part of Brisbane music retailing history will go and a little part of me will die. And I will loathe thee Brazin, for your Sanity chain (every Sanity store that I have been to and looked inside within Australia) offers the worst selection of jazz and classical music titles ever. You have taken away one of my music mistresses to be executed and I, as a music consumer and more importantly, a music lover, will probably never forgive you. Or it will be very difficult to.
Oh, I weep at the thought of you shutting down. 😥
OK, maybe the above was a little bit too much hyperbole. But I will miss another place in the CBD which does sell music that may be considered too “hoity-toity” and “cultured” by the music listening masses. I was going to write “music listening Neanderthals” but heck, I love my rock, pop, dance, etc as well. So I am just as much of a “music listening Neanderthal” as the average music listener is.
If only a specialist music retailer for classical, opera, blues/roots and jazz were to open up in Brisbane CBD, it would make life a bit better. But the chances are slim, so I’ll take what I can get. I guess that’s just how life goes. C’est la vie and all that.