Name: K Finch
Comment: Fond memories of the shop. I worked in Camden from 1971-1976. This shop helped me through a lot of angst in the 1970s as a teenager, especially through the early commercial Bowie years. The lady in there was a lovely person, who would not only sell me records but swerve me in the direction of discovery. Plenty of Bowie, Lou Reed, Roxy and Iggy, which I would say was the acceptable face of glam. And then I verged off into Big Youth and Dub!
The first record shop in Camden Town was an Irish one, in Arlington Road, that belonged to an Irish family and sold Irish folk music to the large Irish labourers' community that lived in Camden Town in those days. I'm talking about the sixties.
Sound 84 (1969 - 1983) was the second record shop to open in Camden Town. It had a sister shop, for a while, called Camden Music Centre (1973 - 1978?) in Parkway, next to Palmers the pet shop, opposite the Dublin Castle (Pizza Pilgrims? today) where, among others, Madness used to play. I always suspected that Camden Music Machine (what today is Koko) got it's name from Camden Music Centre, though it may just be coincidence.
Speaking of such things, the local teenage lads (men now) that became Madness used to get their records from Sound 84, at least, that's what one of them once said in a radio interview when asked if he remembered the first record he ever bought. (Not sure which one of them gave the interview.)
Ah, those halcyon days! Mick Benoit. (2024)