By: Ray Hidalgo
It’s probably safe to say that we’ve all got some memorable moments that have taken place in a record store. From that day you were introduced to your now favorite band by the store’s manager, to that time you found that rare, signed copy of that album you’d been searching for, something about those selves filled with vinyl were, and still are, just downright magical. In honor of Record Store Day, here are our Top 5 favorite movie scenes that highlight the more interesting things that occur in record stores in cinema, if not in real life.
1. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
This cult classic has many memorable scenes (and familiar faces) and in the film’s opener, Rat (Brian Backer) comes to Damone (Robert Romanus) to ask for some romantic advice while the two walk through a record store. Dumone explains his now infamous “5 Point Plan,” to using a cardboard cutout of Debbie Harry as his date. His final suggestion? “When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV”
2. This is Spinal Tap
As the guys of the greatest parody band of all-time, Spinal Tap, flub their way through the film, a memorable scene happens when their promotions guy, Artie (Paul Shaffer) sets up an album signing at a record store for the band's big comeback…except nobody shows up.
3. Empire Records
It’s a slice of life in the day of the employees of a record store, but when you throw Rory Cochrane, Liv Tyler, and Renee Zellweger into their shoes, it gets real interesting. In the film, Empire Records faces takeover from the franchise Music Town, much to the chagrin of the movie’s protagonists. Throw in everyone else’s’ personal issues, and you have 90 minutes worth of antics.
4. High Fidelity
Rob Gordon (John Cusack) owns a record store and knows his music…but doesn’t always seem to like it. In this clip, the store’s employees (one of which is Jack Black) show off their music snobbery by refusing to sell a record to a customer because he’s not cool enough to own it.
5. Pretty in Pink
Who can forget when Duckie (Jon Cryer) bursts into a record store and unabashedly breaks it down to Otis Redding’s rendition of “Try a Little Tenderness?” Pretty in Pink is a timeless ‘80s classic that featured a record store setting as it was the workplace of the film’s main protagonist, Andie (Molly Ringwald).