Twisted Wheel/tw records
Twisted Wheel/TW Records
Phil Mackie I parted with a lot of cash at the Plumstead store in the early 1970s.
I was an indie kid Over and above these though were two of the three branches of TW records. TW, that for a while I assumed stood, like the TV show, for Tomorrow’s World, but actually stood for Twisted Wheel. Twisted Wheel is an altogether better name for a record store than Tomorrow’s World, and also better than it’s achronym so why the abbreviation I really don’t know. Maybe it was cheaper when the signwriters came. Two of my freinds had jobs there at one time or another, one of them practically made a career out of it. The Plumstead branch was the only record shop in the world I could remain in for hours at a time, thumbing through the racks, trying to find a misplaced Japan 12″ among the Rita Coolidge. Happy days indeed.
Bought Hey Jude there the day it came out in '68. (Price 6/8d.)Was called Twisted Wheel then before it was abbreviated.
Also remember sticking the cover of Ogdens Nutgone Flake up my jumper and walking out the store for a lark with my mates. Got 100 yards up the road and had a fit of conscience and snuck it back in again. Was way scarier taking it back.
Oh, the larks we got up to in the '60's :-)
When I was 16 I used to spend ages in TW Records in Erith. Bought loads of stuff from them and was briefly in a band with Ray's daughter. They could never get anything released by Rough Trade. Anyone know what happened to Alison who used to work there?