Today, if you didn’t know it, is Rex Manning Day.
Rex Manning (Maxwell Caulfield) is an aging pop star selling his latest record in the 1995 movie, Empire Records.
The staff of Empire Records, led by Joe Reaves (Anthony LaPaglia) are simply trying to keep their doors open. But with a larger music retail chain looking to buy up the store and conflicts arising between various staff members, can they pull together to keep Empire Records going?
This movie is, if nothing else, a time capsule. There was a time in America, before Itunes and the internet, when the record store was king when it came to music. It was not just a music store, it was a place to socialize and share the mutual experience that is being a music fan. Unfortunately, times have changed and the music store, as it was, no longer exists.
But the full video for Say No More, Mon Amour does exist.
Happy Rex Manning Day!
Twenty years ago, a little movie with mostly unknowns was released. It was Empire Records. It is the story of a mom and pop record store that is trying to stay open amongst the competition of the big box music stores.
Flash forward to today, the fate of this fictional record store would have probably been the same as their real life counterparts. It seems that these days, there are less and less independently owned stores and more big box stores.
I will admit that I do shop at these stores. I do go into Target and K-mart when I need to. I have ordered music from Itunes and books from Amazon.
There was something about going into an independently owned niche store. Whether it was a record store or a book store, it was a magical experience. But times do change and businesses must change with the times. Even if that means changing the way we buy.
Happy Rex Manning Day!
There is something nostalgic about the pre-internet, pre-itunes, mom and pop independent record store era in music. Those were the days when one had to go to a record store to find the latest album of their favorite artist.
In 1995, the movie Empire Records, told the story of an independent music store trying to get by in an increasing corporate business world and the personal crisis of the store’s employees. The owner of the store, Joe Reaves (Anthony LaPaglia) is trying to keep his door open and his staff employed. His staff includes Debra (Robin Tunney), Mark (Ethan Embry), Corey (Liv Tyler) and Gina (Renee Zellweger).
Empire Records had a then up and coming cast with mid 1990’s music that such an integral part of the era. The story of the small business owner trying to keep their doors open in the face of continued pressure to become a part of the corporate machine also stands out.
And for your viewing pleasure, Renee Zellweger singing seven years before she played Roxie Hart in Chicago.
I recommend this movie.