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puffthemagicdragon Donating Member (163 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-07-06 11:29 PM
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Tower Records is no more
Sad to see it go, such a great place for music lovers...what will be next?

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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-07-06 11:35 PM
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1. I noticed my local Tower was now a furniture store
I didn't realize the whole chain went belly up. :-(
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imouttahere Donating Member (369 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-07-06 11:44 PM
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2. I'll miss Tower, I loved it!
I could always count on them having harder to find DVD's and CD's. For me, it's just one more indication of what we've become - the Wal-martization of the U.S.
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puffthemagicdragon Donating Member (163 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 11:46 AM
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8. i do fear the walmartization
for sure. I love being able to order a rare import from Europe and I dont mind their hipster snottiness..it is part of the experience. better than some high school kid at walmart looking at me with a blank stare because he used to work in the gun department.
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rwenos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-07-06 11:50 PM
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3. No - 'twas Amazon.com that killed the Beast.' n/t
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-07-06 11:54 PM
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4. The one in Austin that I remember was always a dingy, run-down dump
It was riddled with problems of theft, disorganization and over-priced merchandise. It closed down over a year ago. I haven't bought a CD in 3 years. I've been on a boycott of CD's ever since the RIAA's bullshit lawsuit crusade.
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hsher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 12:17 AM
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5. Amoeba
Where, oh where, will all those extremely rude, slender, earring-ed and goateed vegetarian customer service clerks go now to ignore you at the counter for $6.95 an hour? I was never much sold on Tower. Too expensive and too elitist. And the customer service: arrogant; awful.

Look into Amoeba. It's growing into a chain.

Amoeba in Hollywood is still about the finest CD emporium I've ever seen. Their clerks are helpful, friendly and knowledgeable, and the store simply pretty much has CDs of every music recording ever made. Stuff you haven't seen on the shelves in years, dream about, and figured you'd just never see or hear again? Be sure to check out Amoeba before you give up on it. If you can find it at gemm.com, you can find it at Amoeba and for less. It's Gemm with bricks, lights and walls. Don't fear the Wal-Martization of America. One look at the hordes who swarm almost 24/7 through that store and you'll comfortably know Amoeba and good record stores like it ain't goin' anywhere.

PS, I am vegetarian, so the top line was not a slam against vegetarians. It's a slam against veggies who get into it for the look and the lifestyle. Kind of like vegan goths who wear leather.

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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:04 AM
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6. The Tower Records in Denver is walking distance to me...
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 01:05 AM by hlthe2b
They were open 365 days a year.... When I stayed in town and had had enough of the whoe "Christmas" routine I would stop by for a welcome diversion...A great store with the widest selection anywhere... I am absolutely crushed. Yes, I bought online too, but I was a regular customer and I feel certain the Denver store was probably doing ok--just driven down by the entire corporation.

The store staff have not been told exactly when they were closing... I probably heard about it onine before they were even told yesterday...

OH, and get this.... they have already announced that the Tower will become a CONTAINER store when they do finally close... Now, I have no problem with organizational stores... I shoud probably live in one if there is any hope for me, but damn.....I'll miss my Tower Records... It has just about gotten to the point that cookie cutter malls, walmarts, and online are the only choices.
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:22 AM
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7. I bought the soundtrack of "Grease" from them before they closed
When the movie originally came out I decided I wanted it but was determined to not pay more than 5 bucks for it. Thanks, now defunct Tower Records, for making my dumb ass cheap skate dream a reality.
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