The Pink Hampster Shop came online in 2002 after the release that year of one new album and 6 back catalogue items from myself and Glow
I soon realized that I knew quite a few artists, working on small scenes who had no way to sell their stuff online and offered the Pink Hampster Shop as an outlet. These titles were soon joined by more from labels I had connections/friendships including Interchill and Nation Records. However I have always stuck to the policy that I would only sell things I can wholeheartedly personally recommend.
In 2011 I completely rebuilt the shop, spruced it up a bit and, for the timebeing at least, have removed the majority of what we were selling. As the purpose of the shop has never really been a vigourously commercial enterprise, I decided to stick largely to projects I have close connections with though will also include some other items which I feel I have to do my bit to bring to as many people as possible.
The next plan, hopefully to be introduced soon, will be a download area.
the Name - a (true, but not particularly serious) history
The first recorded use of the name was in '81 at Surrey University with the formation of The Pink Hampster Club, the world's first Psychosematic band. Music and performances took place only in the heads of band members Pete, Mike and Martin or anybody who decided they were in the audience, allowing for an almost infinite range of styles.
The Pink Hampster Club fielded candidates twice for student president, for entertainment purposes only but the brilliant campaign run for Pete when he stood and a leak of the early voting figures resulted in many people apologizing to him and the Club that they had decided not to vote for him because they were worried he might actually win.
Shortly afterwards the Pink Hampster Club was officially declared 'the society for non-almost people everywhere' and though it had no declared agenda or reason for exisitng it grew to about 10% of the student population - hard to be exact when there was no reason to keep records and anyone could ask you to join.
In '86, having sensibled up a bit by then, Pete started using Pink Hampster as a trading name for much of his work, including the label from '87 and the shop from '02.
The name Pink Hampster Club had it's last hurrah in '89 as a weekly Wednedsay night live music event in Brixton, surprisingly well attended for a midweek thing. These nights included the first 3 gigs for Pete's band Vers La Flamme.
The Club finished on a high with a massive Christmas party. It had only run for a few months but Pete was reluctant to continue as he had been tricked into running it by an ex-girlfirend anyway and it clashed with the new series of Star Trek, Next Generation.
The rumour circulating for a while that a Hampster was someone who was born in Hampshire before the borders changed and bits, like Bournemouth, where Pete was born, became Dorset, is untrue - Hampster was the result of a spelling mistake which stuck long before the advent of the internet made wrong spellings a bad thing.
Sorry, I went all 3rd-person that time didn't I.
It's a battery-operated mad cow in a sombrero and a cup of tea in a Thunderbirds mug. What's to explain?!