When I was at OSU in the early ’90s, there was a wealth of independent record stores – Used Kids, Magnolia Thunderpussy, Singing Dog, World Record, Johnny Go’s House of Music along the High St. corridor. Sometime around 1991, a chain from St. Louis called Streetside Records set up shop where, I believe Bibibop is now. It was a 3-story record store and, if memory serves correct, prices were in line with other chain stores like Camelot Records. In other words, you could drop $15 on a new CD or go down to one of the many used stores on campus and pick up three used $5 CDs and get more for your money.
Maybe I’m just bitter that Streetside didn’t hire me – I thought for sure I’d get a job there after acing the “music trivia” portion of the interview. I don’t remember the exact questions but some were along the lines of “If a customer is looking for a Taj Mahal CD, what section would you direct them to?” and “If a customer came in, told you they were a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and were looking for something new and in the same genre, what would you recommend?” I didn’t get the job and, after that, rarely set foot in the store.
BUT, the one thing Streetside did have going for it is they occasionally hosted in-store appearances. I don’t know the year, but I got to see David Lowery and Johnny Hickman perform acoustically in the store before Cracker’s show at the Newport (I did a real quick interview with Lowery in the band’s dressing room after the show).
This story really has nothing to do with the fact that Cracker is coming back to Columbus (they’ve been here plenty of times since their Streetside appearance) but I came across these photos last night so figured it would be a good tie-in.
Celebrity Etc presents Cracker at The Athenaeum Theatre on November 29. Tickets are on sale Friday morning at 10am and are $25 plus any associated fees and can be purchased online or at Used Kids, Magnolia Thunderpussy, Rumba Cafe or Streetside Records.