Joey Bell

Nottingham

Name, where are you from?
Joey Bell from Forever Records.

What do you do?
I own a small record shop based in Nottingham that specialises in vinyl. We sell a curated selection of the best new releases and reissues plus quality second hand. We stock most genres but I tend to swing to the more alternative side of music.

Describe your style in three words:
Punk, Smart, Confused.

What was the first song you played on repeat?
Harry Nilsson – ‘Think About Your Troubles’.
I was addicted to ‘The Point’ album when I was really little and I used to play the album on repeat everyday when I came back from nursery, my Mum said I used to have conversations with the album whilst it was playing. For an album that’s aimed at children, it’s a very depressing listen that deals with some heavy themes. This track is heartbreaking.

How long have you been working here?
Forever has been open for just over 9 months but I have been working in record shops most of my life.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Discovering new music never stops being exciting for me. I love talking to my customers about new records; it feels great to have a shared passion with so many different people.

What releases are you most excited about for RSD?
There are some great records this year, I’m really excited about the David Bowie – ‘The Cracked Actor’ as I love that period of Bowie’s career during that tour he morphed from 'Diamond Dogs' to the soul sound of 'Young Americans'. The ‘BOWPROMO’ is very exciting because for me, ‘Hunky Dory’ is one of Bowie's greatest albums, so it will be great to hear these different versions and I love the track ‘Bombers’ so it will be nice to have that on vinyl.

‘Quatermass and the Pit’ is one of my favourite films so I’m really looking forward to the soundtrack and the electronic cues records. I’m also really excited about the ‘Close To the Noise Floor’ compilation, which looks at the origins of electronic music in the UK.

I’m also really excited about the ‘Close To the Noise Floor’ compilation, which looks at the origins of electronic music in the UK.

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