Licorice Pizza Redux

Just wanted to post this cool comment by Daniel Hooper, who enlightens me in a comment about the record chain, Licorice Pizza. Back in the mid-Eighties, when I was listening to KWXL Albuquerque (“KWXL Albuquerqu IS 94 Rock!”)and totally missing everything that was hip and modern about the world of Music, there was this store called Licorice Pizza. I allude to it here. At the time, I had no idea it was a chain. But then at the time, I had no idea what a chain was. Here’s what he has to say:

I used to work for Licorice Pizza back in the late 70’s. It was a record store chain headquartered in Glendale California, and founded by a great guy named Jim Greenwood. Sometime in the early 80’s they were bought out by Sam Goody.

Anyway, the name came from an Abbott and Costello routine. A & C athought they would get rich by making a record and selling it. After many comic efforts, A & C are sitting dejected on the curb as a truckload of records melts in the summer sun, and Costello says to Abbot: “Well we could sprinkle cornstarch on the bottom and sell them as Licorice Pizzas.

That’s the story I heard. And remember, you get it nicer at Licorice Pizza.

Very interesting. And as long as we’re on the subject of vinyl, I want to share a pic of my recent acquisition. Nick Pinto has an extra coffin case for his turntables that he doesn’t need, so he gives it to me.

Those astute DJ-type readers of this blog will notice that this case is configured to hold turntables “Battle Style,” meaning, of course, that the turntables are turned sideways for scratch DJ’s. I’ll adjust, even though that’s just not me. I’m no scratch DJ. I’m strictly Progressive House style. I take after John Digweed (in fact, I’m so “after” him that he has to use the Hubble to see me.)

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…and those non-DJ types reading this blog have already grown bored and moved on to read Fleshbot or BoingBoing.

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