We’ll Never See The Like


Paulie writes:

I thought I would share this piece {link below] written by Pat Barrett, a long term leader of many in various branches of HMV.
HMV employed me for almost five years, both in Ireland’s flagship Grafton Street store as well as three stores in the UK. Pat, along with the other managers I worked under, made a job in retail not just bearable, but also educational and interesting.
If it weren’t for people like Pat, who is talking about his new experience on the unemployment line via twitter (@patracer1) and Chris Keena who was leading the sit in protest in his Limerick store – I would not know a lot of the music I listen to today.
And people who work in these stores don’t just educate the people who work in these stores. they educate a lot of the people who walked in the stores.
Branches in the UK are still trading yet they have sacked off the entire Irish operation…barking mad? I thought so…

I Wish all HMV Ireland staff the best for the future.

Popcorn Has A Sell By Date Friendship Hasn’t (Pat Barrett, Pattracer.com)

(Wanderley Massafelli/Photocall Ireland)

23 thoughts on “We’ll Never See The Like

      1. Sgt. Bilko

        Yeah, I’d seen that. But I’m just wondering which banks actually appointed him as receiver. Pure curiosity on my part, I was just a little surprised that no-one in the media coverage addressed it.

      2. Sgt. Bilko

        I did a bit of digging in the CRO, and the only creditors who would appear to be able to appoint a receiver are Universal Pictures UK and Royal Bank of Scotland. That’s just one bank. Why did Deloitte’s statement refer to “banks”? Maybe there’s a group structure within Ireland that overlays HMV Ireland Ltd. It’s just interesting the way the media have treated what’s happening here as some sort of automatic piece of what’s happening in the UK, when HMV Ireland and HMV UK are going through two very different processes.

    1. xmstf

      Agree. I also worked there for a time and found the staff/managers to be click-y and horrible to any other temps. Bullying was widespread.

      1. youareanidiot

        Calm down.

        We have the internet to discover new music, discuss it, purchase. I enjoyed browing through HMV many a time, lot’s of businesses have gone kaput in recent years, they simply don’t make enough money to run. Don’t take it personally and move on. A sob story of “I loooved my minimum wage job because I had frrrrriiiiiieeeeennndsss” is nice, but c’mon, retail is retail. None of those lads wanted to be their the rest of their lives. They can pursue more fruitful careers now.

        1. Eamo

          Personally I’m glad a lot of my former colleagues will now be forced to move on. They were in a rut in that place and not rewarded for their efforts. fighting over scraps while still just being another disposable number s not the career choice many of them deserve. Hopefully they realise this now and go on to bigger and better things.

          Especially unrewarded by store management whom 99% of were inadequately trained in dealing with even the most trivial matters, and resorted to bullying and scapegoating in order to keep their position. And now that the shoe is on the other foot, they bitch and whine and can’t help but try and get as many likes as possible by bleating on through social media about how “unfair” it all is.

          HMV Ireland, even if it was revived by a buyer, still wouldn’t last more then a few years. Spotify, bandcamp, itunes etc etc are our new record stores. And you can still buy physical media direct from a band’s website (including amazing limited editions) where more money will go directly to the artist. there is now room for a struggling, hobbling, decrepit over priced middle-man in all of this.

  1. Gav D

    Whatever happened to the guy who worked in HMV who used cans of spray-on hair to hide his baldiness? Used to love going in to have a look at it.

    1. Klarticus

      Think I know they guy you’re talking about , seen him recently ( not in HMV ) he’s jut admitted defeat & has shaved his head.

    1. yourcommentisawaitingmoderation

      True. I feel the same way about a job I had in the 90s where I made some great friends and learned loads about myself and how to behave in the workplace. That company has also since closed but I’m not misty eyed about the management!

  2. Klarticus

    Woo! we’re all in it together Now that there’s no pervading oppressive need to stab each other in the back to get at the scraps that are occasionally dished out on His masters advice.

  3. Karen

    Wow, it seems like such a very special place to work.
    I bet no other staff went for drinks on a Friday or Saturday evening together and became good/great friends.
    I bet no other staff would visit their colleague in hospital.
    And the “educating people about music” thing…
    …if you have an interest in something, you educate yourself, you investigate.
    What did he do?
    Tell you what was “good”?
    Suggest stuff to listen to?
    If you are interested in music, you read about it and then you listen to it.

    1. SSS


      Completely blinkered, they don’t know what they are missing outside of the HMV bubble, I know I didn’t.

      Hopefully some will get decent jobs, other people I’m glad they are currently deep in “what do I do now?” territory like they made a lot of us be after their mismanagement did it to us

  4. Ureii

    I used to work there years ago & the wages were shite , proper hand to mouth wages (worse than McDonalds ) manys a night were spent waiting for the money to hit your account or when it hadnt looking for an ATM that gave out fivers the pressure on the full time staff was immense
    management used the apparent Culture of ” work hard / play hard ” as a means of turning the screws on the poor mules working the floor.The amount of deluded senior sales / team leaders etc who thought that there was loads of room at the top for them if they worked harder was both laughable & frightening .
    yes thats retail , but for some ( & not just the people who worked there ) the Cult of HMV meant it was seen as more than just a shop .
    I dont remember an such outpouring of guilt laced sentimentality on twiitter /FB when Barrats went into receivership , then again you can’t feel any responibilty for that because you cant illegally download shoes

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