Tom Fisher - expert record dealer
I started Rat Records in 1988, selling my vinyl albums on a street market in Oxford because I was skint and I needed money to buy more records! I then graduated to Camden and Greenwich markets at the weekend, with the odd 2nd hand record fair. In 1993 I got the first of a series of 4 Rat Records shops in Greenwich, London. In 1999 Rat Records relocated to our current CD and record shop in Camberwell.
Since 1988 I reckon we've sold just over 850,000 used records, shifted over 250,000 second hand CDs, stuck on 1,500,000 plus price stickers, driven over 500,000 miles, worn out the suspension of over 15 vehicles and discovered the only vinyl acetate of a collaboration between Mick Jagger and John Lennon. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/2672011.stm
I also have 2 more children, a grandchild and a lot less hair than when I started. My job is fantastic. I get to travel the country buying records, meeting interesting people and hearing the stories behind their music collections. Then I get those records to people who want them.
I'm a highly experienced and professional record dealer. From the start I will be completely straight and clear with you about how I will buy your collection and our prices.
Mostly I'm out searching nationwide to buy vinyl from you. If you come into our secondhand record store you may not see me, but ring our number or drop an email and I'm the man you will speak to and who will come round to buy your records with the cash.
MEET THE MANAGER AND PRINCE OF THE SHOP: PHILIPPE
Philippe was asked to leave France 25 years ago for liking the Cure a little bit too much. Naturally he ended up as manager of Rat Records.
His eclectic tastes and undiminished passion for new exciting sounds make him the perfect man for the job.
Philippe's indepth musical knowledge veers from ragtime blues all the way to techno via post rock, indie and electronica, reggae and jazz although obviously his real passion is Burgundy.
He still occasionally DJs, unearthing the sort of genre defying mashups and pan global oddities that record shop managers have the luck to put their hands onto.
Philippe takes care of the smooth running of the business, buying over the counter and trying to research and price the vast amount of records that Tom is constantly bringing in, and then attempting to flog off, on Saturday morning. He's also known for driving seasoned record dealers to tears with his infamous 'price challenge'.