You’ve heard this tune before.
Boy opens NYC record store in 1994. Rent climbs higher than Oasis on the charts. Boy gets seduced by tales of year-round sunshine, backyards, and ovens that don’t double as underwear drawers. Boy packs his stock and heads for The Golden State.
Dan Cook’s new Highland Park boutique, Gimme Gimme Records, is a vinyl fiend’s Valhalla, with a surplus of space for his musical treasures and, yes, a backyard.
Thumb through aisles of albums (15-20k and counting) to unearth an eclectic selection you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in town — from vintage psych rock and new wave to obscure East Coast bands and reissues of elusive classics.
Feel like you’ve spun that Dead or Alive disc right round for the last time? Sell it to Cook, who happily grants secondhand records a new home.
Talk about LP service.
Gimme Gimme Records, 4628 York Boulevard, at Hazelwood Avenue, Highland Park (323-550-1878 or gimmegimmerecords.com).
Photo: Dan Cook