If you've been to Dada Records anytime between 1977 and now, chances are you’ve seen Rob Samson. The owner (for almost 40 years) sits there six days a week like a reliable piece of furniture.
Since the ‘70s, the store has had a few incarnations. It moved locations three times before settling in the CBD’s Pier Street in the ‘80s. There it grew from one level to three, and then back to two. But just like its owner, a remarkable amount of the store has stayed exactly the same, with the light fittings, stairwell rack and record racks unaltered since the ‘80s.
On the basement level there’s a massive selection of records – just shy of 8000, of which about 95 per cent are new. As well as a wide range of genres, including punk, metal, German, reggae, Latin, blues and African, you can find covetable rare items such as a Led Zeppelin first-issue first pressing.
On the first floor, you’ll find more vinyl (yes, really) plus a selection of CDs.