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Thread started 12/05/16 7:33am

mattj

Camden (London) NPG Store memories

Whats your memories of the store.. Was P the first and only artist to have his own store.. I remember the opeing and watching P on the balcony with Mayte .. the starfish and coffee shop and spending loads on items

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Reply #1 posted 12/05/16 9:12am

trickster

i was there when i was a 15 year old boy from germany wink ... visiting my girlfriend for a week (she worked there - in London - not in the store - for a year) and one of the first stops after landing was the shop - inside was the whole band (without prince and mayte) . i played the interactiv CD with Michael and sonny and had some cool talks with morris and tomy...

GREAT- i nearly forget this -

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Reply #2 posted 12/05/16 9:18am

BillieBalloon

I'd like to know what happened to the time capsule buried there.
Baby, you're a star.

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Reply #3 posted 12/05/16 10:30am

NME01

I worked there.
I did work experience for two weeks, which turned into a weekend job - I was aged 14/15 at the time. I was there for around two years, I think. It was a long time ago. Great staff, and the fans were amazing. Such a great community.
When 'the internet' got going there really wasn't much need for it. It wasn't exactly a big money-spinner (not that I kept a tally of the takings).
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Reply #4 posted 12/05/16 10:48am

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i was about 14 at the time, I used to go to camden almost every weekend to go to the store, i lived in Chiswick at the time so it was an hour journey on the tube. Loved it. Went just to see the jacket (memory serving me correctly?) and cloud guitar they had on display there...

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Reply #5 posted 12/05/16 11:26am

trickster

BillieBalloon said:

I'd like to know what happened to the time capsule buried there.

what are you talkin about? i cant remember a time capsule. could you please share the story!

PS: just took a look - i still have a poster of the NEO MANIFESTO razz

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Reply #6 posted 12/05/16 11:50am

darkroman

Luckily I was involved (a little) in the opening so I got to spend quite a lot of time there before it opened officially.

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On the Wednesday evening, before the opening on the Saturday, there were informal drinks and press coverage.

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This period was such an awesome experience.

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I really loved 'the vault' that was in the floor covered with glass.

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I have a load of unused footage which one day I should get transfered to digital, particularly the Saturday with Prince and Mayte.

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Happy days. Happy memories!

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lol

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Reply #7 posted 12/05/16 11:52am

darkroman

NME01 said:

I worked there. I did work experience for two weeks, which turned into a weekend job - I was aged 14/15 at the time. I was there for around two years, I think. It was a long time ago. Great staff, and the fans were amazing. Such a great community. When 'the internet' got going there really wasn't much need for it. It wasn't exactly a big money-spinner (not that I kept a tally of the takings).

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I can imagine that was an awesome experience.

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lol lol lol lol

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Reply #8 posted 12/05/16 1:37pm

NME01

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NME01 said:


I worked there. I did work experience for two weeks, which turned into a weekend job - I was aged 14/15 at the time. I was there for around two years, I think. It was a long time ago. Great staff, and the fans were amazing. Such a great community. When 'the internet' got going there really wasn't much need for it. It wasn't exactly a big money-spinner (not that I kept a tally of the takings).

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I can imagine that was an awesome experience.


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lol lol lol lol



Yep, am very grateful. I learnt a lot about PR, and went on to work in entertainment PR for many years.
Wish I had got a chance to thank him for that life changing experience.

Funnily enough, after it closed down, the shop became a lingerie store. Ha, he would have loved that.
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Reply #9 posted 12/05/16 1:44pm

ufoclub

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I remember walking in there in 1993 and having a coffee or something. They played a live version of "Endorphin Machine" and two fanatics (like me) were sitting at the next table and were singing along to the "press one for the money..." break. My friends (non-fanatics) were groaning.

there were also two sarcastic non fans in there looking at stuff, and they were going through the interactive and laughing when Prince's head pops up through that vase. They said some very typically dry but hilarious comment, then looked around and... "sorry."

I didn't buy anything. Regretted it, and then one year later had a friend go buy Gold Nigga and Exodus and bring them back to me. So I have that early eidtion with the song "Guess Who's Knockin"

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Reply #10 posted 12/05/16 1:48pm

BillieBalloon

trickster said:



BillieBalloon said:


I'd like to know what happened to the time capsule buried there.


what are you talkin about? i cant remember a time capsule. could you please share the story!



PS: just took a look - i still have a poster of the NEO MANIFESTO razz

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Well apparently at the time, Prince buried a time capsule in the shop. I don't have more details than that. I don't know what happened to it.
Baby, you're a star.

Meet me in another world, space and joy
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Reply #11 posted 12/05/16 2:28pm

NME01

ufoclub said:

I remember walking in there in 1993 and having a coffee or something. They played a live version of "Endorphin Machine" and two fanatics (like me) were sitting at the next table and were singing along to the "press one for the money..." break. My friends (non-fanatics) were groaning.



there were also two sarcastic non fans in there looking at stuff, and they were going through the interactive and laughing when Prince's head pops up through that vase. They said some very typically dry but hilarious comment, then looked around and... "sorry."



I didn't buy anything. Regretted it, and then one year later had a friend go buy Gold Nigga and Exodus and bring them back to me. So I have that early eidtion with the song "Guess Who's Knockin"







Can't remember what video that was. We played The Dawn Experience and the American Music Awards performance A LOT. Also the Dolphin video, Sacrafice of Victor and The Undertaker. Never played anything pre o+> really.

On the stereo we'd play a lot of Lettigo (remixes), 1-800-New Funk, Gold N***a, and even Mayte's album.
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Reply #12 posted 12/05/16 2:39pm

ufoclub

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NME01 said:

ufoclub said:

I remember walking in there in 1993 and having a coffee or something. They played a live version of "Endorphin Machine" and two fanatics (like me) were sitting at the next table and were singing along to the "press one for the money..." break. My friends (non-fanatics) were groaning.

there were also two sarcastic non fans in there looking at stuff, and they were going through the interactive and laughing when Prince's head pops up through that vase. They said some very typically dry but hilarious comment, then looked around and... "sorry."

I didn't buy anything. Regretted it, and then one year later had a friend go buy Gold Nigga and Exodus and bring them back to me. So I have that early eidtion with the song "Guess Who's Knockin"

Can't remember what video that was. We played The Dawn Experience and the American Music Awards performance A LOT. Also the Dolphin video, Sacrafice of Victor and The Undertaker. Never played anything pre o+> really. On the stereo we'd play a lot of Lettigo (remixes), 1-800-New Funk, Gold N***a, and even Mayte's album.

He was wearing a full length robe. Might have been black. It was a live performance (or so it seemed). The song was new, (only heard on bootleg). Was a video included on the Interactive CDR?

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Reply #13 posted 12/05/16 2:40pm

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I had family who lived and worked in London at the time so when I visited we went there a few times. I've never bought so many candles before or since as I did there.

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Reply #14 posted 12/05/16 2:44pm

ufoclub

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It was the video of Paris 1994 05 05 Nulle Part Ailleurs Canal+ "Endorphine Machine" So I must have been there in 1994.

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Reply #15 posted 12/05/16 2:50pm

Genesia

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TheDigitalGardener said:

I had family who lived and worked in London at the time so when I visited we went there a few times. I've never bought so many candles before or since as I did there.


Do you still have any of them?

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Reply #16 posted 12/06/16 1:28am

darkroman

BillieBalloon said:

trickster said:

what are you talkin about? i cant remember a time capsule. could you please share the story!

PS: just took a look - i still have a poster of the NEO MANIFESTO razz

[Edited 12/5/16 11:29am]

Well apparently at the time, Prince buried a time capsule in the shop. I don't have more details than that. I don't know what happened to it.

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The time capsule was a long chrome cylinder. Not massively big.

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It was in the floor on the basement retail level.

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It was covered with a glass panel so you could walk over it.

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I'll have to dig out my video footage of it!.

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lol

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Reply #17 posted 12/06/16 2:07am

SometimesIwond
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I went to the birthday party June 7th 1995 in the Canden store. Nothing much happened, we just hung around chatting to people, got to sign a big birthday card for P but we did get to hear Poom Poom for the very first time I remember! Maybe another song also, can anybody remember? There was a Prince lookalike at the party too & he was sooo like him!! Kept hoping that prince would walk in at any moment but he didn't. Think he was in Miami. cool
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Reply #18 posted 12/06/16 2:38am

TheDigitalGard
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Genesia said:

TheDigitalGardener said:

I had family who lived and worked in London at the time so when I visited we went there a few times. I've never bought so many candles before or since as I did there.


Do you still have any of them?

I have a small red one, it's in a glass and has the symbol on the front. I burned the rest, and lost a few from moving around so much.

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Reply #19 posted 12/06/16 3:25am

Dangelus

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Spent many a weekend at that store.

The highlight for me was when some of the NPG turned up for a coffee and I got to chat to Michael B and Sonny T.

We sat watching the Diamonds & Pearls video collection on the TV together for a while and I talked to Michael about the Undertaker VHS that had just come out. I asked him about Dolphin and why it the live version was replaced from the prince version with a studio mix. Never found out why but he did tell me that he did that New Power Trio mix of Dolphin.

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Reply #20 posted 12/06/16 5:40am

Latin

Thanks everyone for sharing.
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Reply #21 posted 12/06/16 8:08am

mattj

darkroman said:

BillieBalloon said:

trickster said: Well apparently at the time, Prince buried a time capsule in the shop. I don't have more details than that. I don't know what happened to it.

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The time capsule was a long chrome cylinder. Not massively big.

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It was in the floor on the basement retail level.

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It was covered with a glass panel so you could walk over it.

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I'll have to dig out my video footage of it!.

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lol

Im intrigued by this capsule now and its contents

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Reply #22 posted 12/06/16 8:11am

mattj

mattj said:

darkroman said:

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The time capsule was a long chrome cylinder. Not massively big.

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It was in the floor on the basement retail level.

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It was covered with a glass panel so you could walk over it.

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I'll have to dig out my video footage of it!.

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lol

Im intrigued by this capsule now and its contents

Just found this "According to Liz Jones' 'Slave To The Rhythm' biog, the entire stock from the Camden shop was bought by Adrian Horton, the owner of 'Madhouse Music', who sell a fantastic range of Prince memorabilia and music"


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Reply #23 posted 12/06/16 10:08am

Dangelus

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mattj said:

mattj said:

Im intrigued by this capsule now and its contents

Just found this "According to Liz Jones' 'Slave To The Rhythm' biog, the entire stock from the Camden shop was bought by Adrian Horton, the owner of 'Madhouse Music', who sell a fantastic range of Prince memorabilia and music"


Wow I din't realise Adrian and Madhouse music was still going. Brings back memories... He got a lot of my money back in the day biggrin

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Reply #24 posted 12/06/16 10:27am

BillieBalloon

mattj said:



mattj said:




darkroman said:



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The time capsule was a long chrome cylinder. Not massively big.


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It was in the floor on the basement retail level.


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It was covered with a glass panel so you could walk over it.


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I'll have to dig out my video footage of it!.


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lol



Im intrigued by this capsule now and its contents



Just found this "According to Liz Jones' 'Slave To The Rhythm' biog, the entire stock from the Camden shop was bought by Adrian Horton, the owner of 'Madhouse Music', who sell a fantastic range of Prince memorabilia and music"






Then he may have acquired it or know what happened to it anyway. Does anyone on the org know him? I'd love to know what was in it.
Baby, you're a star.

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Reply #25 posted 12/07/16 12:11am

NME01

SometimesIwonder said:

I went to the birthday party June 7th 1995 in the Canden store. Nothing much happened, we just hung around chatting to people, got to sign a big birthday card for P but we did get to hear Poom Poom for the very first time I remember! Maybe another song also, can anybody remember? There was a Prince lookalike at the party too & he was sooo like him!! Kept hoping that prince would walk in at any moment but he didn't. Think he was in Miami. cool


Think that was Da Bang.
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Reply #26 posted 12/07/16 1:17am

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I went to the shop a couple of times. Wasn't impressed with it to be honest and was more excited by the boots I picked up from a little stall in Camden market.

RIP sad
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Reply #27 posted 12/07/16 2:17am

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I used to drive in from outside of London every weekend. Pre internet, so you never knew if anything new would pop up.

I had a little routine, straight down to the basement to check the CD section. Too often, there'd be nothing new, but across the road on one of the market stalls, there were always new bootlegs.

I remember watching 'The Undertaker' in the cafe many a time. I've still got my 10,000 magazine and Neon Manifesto.

Would love to know what happened to the time capsule. Even better, I'd love to think its still buried in there.

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Reply #28 posted 12/07/16 2:22am

MMJas

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Remember that ledge with the candles burning? After a few months it was covered in different coloured wax, I remember thinking it looked really cool. cool

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Reply #29 posted 12/07/16 2:50am

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