Vinyl digging is always about the journey not the destination. But this may have been my toughest day on the hunt yet. After stumbling by a vintage 70s clothing shop a guy gave me a business card that read
PAUL 9841 7136
Flat D, 5/F Wai Hong Building, 239 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po (Beside MTR Exit C1), Kowloon, Hong Kong.
The bloke told me this guy [Paul] had a million records. Hong Kong isn’t much of a rock n roll town. So I eagerly thought maybe this bloke somehow scooped all the cool stuff. We’ll get to that.
First of all, this bloke does have a SHIT LOAD of records. But they’re all in a tiny apartment, stacked almost 5 foot high in places. He has a very old school apartment with no air conditioning. If you want to check out this collection, call the guy first and be very patient. He has to move stuff around just so you can enter the apartment.
Remember this is Hong Kong and rent isn’t cheap. We had to wait in the lobby for about 10 minutes until I could squeeze in. DON’T bring wives and girlfriends. There’s no room inside and it’s excruciatingly hot waiting in the foyer. I bought along a toddler and the poor kid lost his mind.
Now about the records. The guy loves his pop. There were Spandau Ballet posters everywhere and he seemed to love the Madonna/new romantic vibe. There was heaps of Hong Kong Kitsch but only a few boxes of rock and roll available that day (as I said, give him plenty of notice to dig up what you might like). What he did have though was in excellent condition. I found a 70s AC/DC record that looked brand new.
I managed to snag about 11 records for 800 Hong Kong dollars. Maybe $15 Australian each approx. Would I go again. Maybe. If I could go without wife and child, had a change of clothes (I’m very serious about this) and was very patient.
P.S. Sam Shui Po also has flea markets 7 days a week. There was some vinyl but not much. It’s mostly electronics.
P.P.S. Small apartment filled with records. You might think Paul was a nutter. He seemed OK to me.