Midnight Records – W. 23rd Street, Chelsea NYC – closed
Spent many a happy hour and quite a bit of coin in this store when it was open. Unlike many of my other haunts, I mostly bought new records here (though they did have a few used records). This was mainly a place for reissues of a host of lesser known 60s bands, mostly as compilations. It also had its own label (Midnight Records) which issued a number of garage revival records that were quite good. One of my personal favorites was the Cheepskates – Run Better Run from 1984. The shop was owned by J. D. Martignon, and always had something good playing on the stereo, which is how I first learned of the Jam. They featured a number of books about music too, and had a guide to compilations, if I’m not mistaken.
Here’s a picture of J. D. Martignon, who passed away in 2016.
And here’s the Cheepskates performing Run Better Run live in 1984.