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A Message From The Freak Emporium
Owing to the
UK Governments continued policy of allowing large mail order retailers
to avoid Value Added Tax (VAT) - and significantly reduce their prices
by locating to the Channel Islands - The Freak Emporium has become one
of the many mainland UK independent retailers and mail order operations
that, despite protests to a blindly indifferent HM Revenue and Customs,
has had to continue charging VAT and become uncompetitive. Such an uncontrolled
and unfair advantage at a time when traditional music formats are already
struggling against other forms of entertainment has made it impossible
to remain profitable and stay in business. It is with great sadness
therefore that we announce the closure of The Freak Emporium.
years The Freak Emporium was at the cutting edge of record collecting.
We were offering full-on classic Psychedelia, Punk Rock, Kraut Rock,
Soul, Tropicalia, Private Pressings, Neo-Psych, Garage Punk, Easy Listening,
Exotica, Acid Folk and more, long before these genres were being used
to promote cars and mobile phones. Staffed entirely by enthusiasts The
Emporium was always a crazy whirl of enterprise and devotion to the
nether regions of popular music. If you couldn't find an album anywhere
else it was likely that we had it. If you wanted vinyl, then we loved
vinyl. If you wanted to speak to someone and just talk music then we'd
be happy to oblige. If nobody else was mad enough to sell a particular
record, then we would. Quite simply we were in love with the music.
Part of a network
of similar retailers The Emporium was inspired by the legendary Funhouse
Records of Margate Kent, who in the 1980s single-handedly discovered
most of the classic, rare albums of the psychedelic, garage, folk rock
and progressive genres. In 1995 the Freak Emporium became one of the
earliest specialist music retailers on the internet. Around the same
time the Delerium Records label grew as a logical extension of The Freak
Emporium, yet even with the success of the label's biggest band Porcupine
Tree (who in their early years relied heavily on The Emporium's large
and international network of contacts) the Delerium label was only one
small part of a huge and diverse range of music espoused by The Freak
Emporium. At its peak the site was a highly sophisticated treasure trove
listing 30,000 products from all over the world classified by over 120
genres of music regularly updating subscribers with new release information.
Even if you didn't buy from us The Freak Emporium was an invaluable
information resource for collectors of obscure music.
We have made
many friends along the way and had a wild and crazy time but eventually
the pressures of corporate business and the stupidity of the British
Government has led to the untimely demise of the business.
We would like
to thank all of our many customers who have stuck with us over the years.
We hope that you are still enjoying your purchases and that you continue
to be able to find the music that you love. We are sorry that we have
been unable to continue providing you with the service you require and
we hope that you find it elsewhere.
The Freak Emporium
THE FREAK EMPORIUM 1991 - 2007