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2Catapilla was down North St and was a mindblowing second hand shop - a bit like a smaller Record and Tape Exchange but located in the sleepy SouthWest. I completed a healthy early Gong and Steve Hillage collection there over the years. They also had clearout weeks with the stuff he couldn't shift at prices from 1p on up. Comment: Breadluclaw

I used to live in Lower North Street. One afternoon, waxing lyrical to my mates about how much I loved the obscure Vertigo album I had by a band called "Cressida", a mate mentioned that there was an album by them in Catapilla, 100 yards up the road. Does it look like this? I asked, showing him the LP I owned. Nah, it's got plastic heads on the front, on fire, on a pebble beach. Puzzled, I was unaware of a second albmu by my heroes. Unable to resist, I hot-footed it up to Catapilla, only to find a pristine copy of their hens-teeth-rare second album, "Asylum" in the rack at £2:50. Result. I really miss little shops like that.

(Apr 8, 2013) Brewsta said:Catapilla records had a smell all their own. The yang to Henderson's ying.

I used to live a few miles from Exeter and managed to get to Catapilla two or three times. I think I first heard about them through their Gong connections.
Zaba Dak

Yes it was a wonderful era wasn't it. My husband Hugh and I used to own it. We had great fun there.
Annemieke Eaglestone

Catapilla was located originally at 8 Well Street and run mainly just by Hugh Eaglestone, who'd played tenor sax on (the band) Catapilla's first album (but not the second).
I used to visit the shop regularly between 1975 and 1977 when I lived 20 miles away, before relocating to Bristol. I used to buy quite a few LPs there.
Subsequently, the shop relocated to Exeter's Fore Street where I visited it some years later and it seemed to be thriving. The look on Hugh's face suggested that he recognised but couldn't place me. It was a nice little shop so, if you're reading this, all the best to you Hugh.
Julian Stevens

Lived in the Exeter area for a couple of years in the early 1980s, and so inevitably Catapilla was a place I bought music from. Any record shop that has a Bay City Rollers amnesty bin has to be the sort of place to get great music.
Andy Lawrence

Hi Hugh, if you see this, I hope you are well. I still have many of the records I bought in your shop.
Simon Messenger

It was a great shop. I remember clearly finding a brand new promo of Biz Markie's debut LP for £3.50, as well as Man Parrish's self titled LP for £2.50. Still with the handwritten prices inside the sleeve. Great shop.
Adam de Paor-Evans


Pete Lock
26 Jul 2023 at 06:19
Hi there - lived in Exeter until about 1974. What fond memories I have of this shop. Probably went there every Saturday for a couple of years, at least. Managed to source many obscurities - Nesmith, Catmother, Bronco, and so on. I also played in band, how could I possibly have been unaware that the guy who ran the shop had been in a real bona fide prog band with a record contract? I'm in awe. What a great shop this was, with a really friendly atmosphere. Happy days.
John Kinton
03 Dec 2023 at 12:35
I recently acquired a copy of Kraftwerk’s first double album. The inner sleeves had been stamped with catapilla’s details. Annoying that they did this but interesting to find. It adds to the albums history.



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