I'd love to give this place 5 stars, but I can't bring myself to it. Seems like they focus more on selling shitty t-shirts than selling quality records at decent prices. I know this isn't an easy time for record stores right now, with ebay and all, but it bums me out when I find that somewhat-rare 7" I've been digging for and it's being sold at near-eBay prices. If I was gonna spend $20 on this thing, I would've just bought it from the comfort of my home computer.
As others have said, Jean-Luc is a great guy. I don't think they still have shows here, but they used to have tons of great shows a few years back.
Decent selection, but the lack of good deals bothers me. And with all those shirts, it's starting to feel less like a record store and more like a punk clothing store. I fear it may be entering the cheesy territory, a la Electric Chair and Zakk Attack. - 4 STARS by Bryan R. (Long Beach, CA) - review on Yelp.com 01/03/2008
Namella K. said:August 22, 2011 12:21 pm PST
This place is the punk rock Home Depot.
If you're aching for that Posion Idea Record Collector's lp, a Misfits shirt and a boatload of O.G. accessories from Ape Leather, you're in the right place. This is the fundamentals of punk rock and you should build from here- not some poseur ass Hot Topic crap. Good Charlotte is not punk. You should know that already.
Head to the back of the room for stickers (ask for the photo album/ catalog), patches and buttons. Ape leather stuff is glass encased in the front so you gotta ask for help. You'll probably be assisted by the owner, Jean (pronounced JOHN) Luc. He's friendly and knows more about punk music than you do. He'll offer recommendations of new bands and even give you advice on your pending trip to France (he's French.)
Yea Amoeba has a bunch of stuff but they're too busy for you. Come down to get your punker dude stuff here. Big corporate entities can not give you the kind of service and selection you deserve so bring your combats boots down here! - 5 STARS by Namella K. (Los Angeles, CA) - Review on Yelp.com 01/24/2008
Joe D. said:August 22, 2011 12:20 pm PST
Jean Luc (or Jean Puke if you're feeling like being an asshole) is one of the greatest men in existence. I've been to every location of this store even when it was on WESTWOOD. I remember everyone telling me about the great new punk rock shop where the owner would give you free posters of the album you were buying.
I went there to check it out and bought the Filth/Blatz Shit Split on vinyl and sure enough, he wouldn't let me leave until he could find the promotional poster for it in his files. That album was pretty dated back when I bought it!
Through the years, I have bought some great punk rock and punk rock accessories. I heard the other guy that works there loves making tapes and cds for punk kids instead of shooing them away with a "poseur" label. These are stand up guys and people who are keeping this scene alive.
The only reason I am not giving them 5 stars is because I really miss the shows that they used to have here. A long time ago, the Bell Rays, the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs and the Hellacopters played here and I was stuck up North reading about it in Flipside. I really missed out. 4 STARS by Joe D. (Los Angeles, CA) - Review on Yelp.com 02/27/2008
Pablo V. said:August 22, 2011 12:19 pm PST
Jean-Luc is a total badass. Great for punk shirts/dvds. CDs and etc are ok. - 3 STARS by Pablo V. (Los Angeles, CA) - review on Yelp.com 11/22/2010
Angela H. said:August 22, 2011 12:17 pm PST
When I was 17, my perfect dream was that fantasy me would live in LA, go to Fairfax High, and after school, work at Headline Records - which is about a 3 minute walk from there.
Specializing in rare punk rock and hardcore albums, and exclusive band t-shirts, Headline Records is always a sure stop on Melrose. They are super small, but have tons to sift through. One time I was even asked on a date while looking for a Melt Banana 7". Funny. - 4 STARS by Angela H. (San Francisco, CA) - Review on Yelp.com 04/05/2009
Heath R. said:August 22, 2011 12:16 pm PST
Stopped by for the first time last night. It's a good-sized record store specializing in punk, hardcore, garage, thrash, and related music. Couldn't really identify where new records were slotted (upon further exploration, the new and used CDs are mixed into the same stacks), but I was impressed by the wide range of used CDs for sale. They even stock thrash metal and rockabilly. Worth the occasional weekend paw through, for sure. Good to know it's within walking distance.
CDs range from about $12 to $16, and if the proprietor doesn't have something you want, he can look into ordering it from a distributor (like Ebullition) or the label directly. And he has a purchase card club. For $10, you can sign up to get 5% off on every purchase, as well as invitations to special sales. This month, you get a card free if you spend more than $40, and the timing is good because he has a great sale in December -- 1% off for every day of the month... so the end of the month is 30% off. Killer. 4 STARS by Heath R. (Los Angeles) - Review on Yelp.com 10/27/2009
Marguerite D. said:August 22, 2011 12:15 pm PST
If you buy a Buzzcocks record in a mall, it is no longer punk rock. If you pay for a MIsfits track that you download from Itunes, the track is no longer punk rock.
I've been listening to punk rock since the early 80s, spinning punk records on public radio, and I still listen to bootleg cassettes my friends made for me of their favorite punk bands. I'm proud to live nearHeadline Records, the only records store in LA that really knows punk rock, so that I can continue to have access to new bands and evolve my tastes in a genre that is almost extinct in its true form.
There's so many of us... - 5 STARS by Marguerite D. (Park La Brea, CA) - Review on Yelp.com 03/25/2008
Ross C. said:August 22, 2011 12:11 pm PST
Been going here since high school to pick up old Some Girls, Das Oath, and random power violence records. It's out of the way for me, but Headline is great because you're always bound to find something you saw on e-Bay for a lot cheaper. The way they categorize their music is genius, too. I don't remember specifics but it's a bunch of genres they came up with. Anyway, this is the quintessential punk store to come get your bullet belt and studded choker or Conflict back patch without having to go to Electric Chair or Hot Topic and ruin your street cred.
If you can, try going on a weekday before rush hour because finding parking on here is damn near impossible since you need a permit to park anywhere close. 5 STARS by Ross C. (Los Angeles) - Review on Yelp.com 12/06/2008