“….if you go into any second-hand or charity stores and have a rummage, then you can pick up physical copies of albums for a lot less than it would cost to download it.”

As I was typing these words, I thought I should come up with an example for you.

Northside were on Factory Records back in the 1990s, and that alone should make their CDs and vinyl a tad more ‘collectable’ than most.  But it’s not the case.

Their third and final single was Take 5.  It’s a more than decent enough song, albeit very much of its era and therefore, understandably, sounds a bit dated, especially on the production side.  It is, however, the sort of song that always puts a smile on my face on the odd occasion it comes up on random shuffle, or indeed I decide to give it a listen when scrolling through the 44,000+ songs on the laptop.

I bought this on CD back in the day.  I think I paid £3 for it…maybe even a little more.  It was worth it as it came with three songs:-

mp3: Northside – Take 5 (12″ version)
mp3: Northside – Take 5 (7″ version)
mp3: Northside – Who’s To Blame (Instrumental)

These days, you can pick it up via Discogs for £1.49, albeit there’s postage on top. But if you happened to wander into any of the shops who have it online at this price, then I’m sure you will get yourself a bargain, especially if you buy a few more CDs during your visit as part of some sort of bundle offer. I would suspect that if you happened upon a copy in a charity shop, it might be as little as 50p or £1. For an artefact that was issued by the seemingly collectable Factory Records…..

Now, if you were looking to pick up digital copies of the songs, and I’m using i-tunes to illustrate, you could only do so as part of a wider Northside compilation album of 21 tracks (£15.99) or you could home in on the three songs and pick them up for 79p each….or £2.37 for the lot.

As I was saying, second-hand CDs nowadays are cheaper than downloads….



Northside were a Manchester band, and given what Factory Records was becoming famous for at the beginning of the 90s, it was a natural home for them. But they were another to suffer from the curse of the label’s inability to get product out when it most mattered – this was something that affected even the likes of New Order and Happy Mondays.

There were three singles and one LP released before the label went bust and the band broke up.

This was one of the singles which I’m sure brings back fine memories for those of you who loved popping your Ecstasy tablets…..

mp3 : Northside – Shall We Take A Trip?
mp3 : Northside – Moody Places

Just looked it up and turns out it was their debut for Factory (FAC 268) and the single was banned by the BBC thanks to the drugs references.

Here also is the 12″ version of their final single – a cracking bit of indie/baggy pop that should have been a massive hit, helped, as indeed were all their releases, by the usual marvellous job from producer Ian Broudie:-

mp3 : Northside – Take 5 (12″ version)