hundred bargain bin 7" singles in the East Grinstead branch of
Woolworths. Well, we were back in East Grinstead on Saturday, and while
we were there we thought it'd be fun to pop into Woolworths and spend a
final ten quid on Woolies singles.
We knew it wasn't going to be easy, what with all those stories about Woolworths stopping selling singles, but we thought they might have a few left over, or maybe some 'event' singles by the cash tills.
With some degree of inevitability, there was fuck all in the way of singles, and everybody in the music section — the pokey corner pictured above — was over forty. THE KIDZ WERE ALL AT HOME PLAYING VIDEO GAMES AND TAKING SMACK INNIT.
In our quest to spend a tenner on singles, we thought we'd go down the road and round the corner to Jingles. The independent music shop opened in the mid 1990s — it was the height of the CD single boom, when every release had a CD1 and a CD2, and when those singles would be priced at £1.99 or 99p each. Jingles had all of them, as well as all the 12" promos and white labels local DJs would offload, and sometimes they'd let you buy Monday's new releases on a Saturday as long as you didn't tell anyone. The purple-sleeved 12" promo for the Xenomania remix of Sexus' 'How Do You Kiss?' was a typical find in Jingles.
Anyway, we went down there on Saturday to see what they had in the way of singles. And when we arrived at the place where Jingles should have been…
[Something here about the internet killing music]