11 Oxton Road, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH41 2QQ
Opening Hours:Mon- Sat 11-5.30pm
Telephone: 0151 653 9003
Skeleton Records has a long history, opened by John Weaver in 1971 – and described as a patchouli scented Head shop that specialised in rare imports , underground press and hippy paraphernalia. The name of the shop was apparently taken from a Syd Barrett song – If It’s in You (“Skeleton Kissed a Steel Rail”).
Known locally as Skelly’s, the shop has changed locations a few times but is now to be found just of off the main drag on Oxton Road. Climb the stairs and you’ll find two rooms crammed full of Vinyl, CDs and DVDs. In the main space you’ll find the more collectible stuff – a good mix from Classic Rock, Indie, to Jazz, Soul and Funk and plenty of music from Skeleton’s Psychedelic and Prog roots. It’s a mix of 2nd hand stuff, new releases and reissues. The other room is dedicated to the more bargain basement end – shedloads of it – either because it’s a bit ‘well loved’ or in a genre that isn’t so collectible – so this is a place to really get stuck in and get digging. Well worth a ferry across the Mersey.