Watching Tower Fall

I didn’t really pay that much attention to the news a few months back that Tower Records had lost it’s battle with bankruptcy and was being liquidated. But Larry King (not that Larry King) had a nice piece in the last Weekly about the final days at Tower Classical on Sunset that reveal how important it was to some folks:

Inevitably, the time comes to consolidate; by compressing the thinning CD rows, we are able to eliminate dozens of racks and make the store smaller. It is easy to see what this is leading to, and the regulars are distressed. One night I play Barber’s Adagio, and a customer begs to hear something else.

“All of us are weeping on the inside, and this is just twisting the knife,” he tells me.

So long Tower Records. I didn’t realize until right now that I might actually miss you.

6 Replies to “Watching Tower Fall”

  1. Tower might have been one of Sacramento’s gifts to the world (since it started here), but sadly, due to its demise, it’s no longer something we have to give.

  2. I bought my first cassette tapes some 400 years ago at the Tower Records on Sunset: The Go Gos “Beauty and the Beat” and Kraftwerk’s “Computer World.” I still have them.

    I don’t get over that way very often anymore but the next time I do and see the place gone, I’ll be heartbroken.

  3. Well, I for one won’t miss Tower at all. I have had numerous negative experiences at several of their stores, and the final straw, and last time I ever set foot inside a Tower Records, was in a new store over in OC several years ago. I was with my young cousins… it was a Christmas tradition for me to pack them in the car and take them to Tower for a Christmas Day visit and buy them each a few cd’s or whatever. The sign on the door said that the store was open until 10 pm – but at 8:45 the guy at the back counter got on the intercom and literally screamed “We’re closing. Right now. Get the f*** out. Now!!!”. Yeah, he said that. Loudly. Over the intercom. Before I could even react, a gigantic man (and I don’t mean fat) who was standing near the counter bellowed at him about his attitude and language as he had his 6 year old daughter with him… the idiot behind the counter flipped off the guy and disappeared into the back room. People were upset and confused – I think a lot of people simply walked out with merchandise, and the other store employees were shouting at people – quite an ugly scene.

    So – goodbye Tower, and good riddance. I feel bad for those people who have lost jobs, but I don’t think Tower’s corporate overseers really give a damn. Sorry… but that’s the way I see it.

  4. While the Tower on Sunset may have been an icon, the rest of them were unbearable. It got to the point I refused to set foot inside a Tower store, no mater where it was. It had become the Montgomery-Ward of record stores. They both went out of business for the same reasons. They did not give a crap about thier customers.

  5. agreed – the sunset tower was an icon – not the best record store ever, but always worth a drop by when I was in the area. The others were like a Sam Goodys with a false superior attitude.

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