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Hits & Misses

Posted by Igor Bonifacic / Posted on December 21, 2011

Hits and MissesHits & Misses shows that punk's not dead as the walls of 45s will remind you that punk was a singles medium first and foremost. The vinyl revival means that discs I haven't seen since I was 17 are available again in quantity. Youngsters can now relive the thrill of putting down the needle on a copy of "Tommy Gun" by The Clash and enjoy a visceral charge I haven't felt since before I could vote.

The store, owned and operated by Pete Genest, has existed in various locales for the last 19 years. Last month marked the one year anniversary of the store's occupation at its current location of Queen and Manning right next to Rotate This.

Hits and Misses"This whole past year has been a struggle to let people know that this store isn't a part of Rotate This", says Genest. It's clearly a sore point but Hits and Misses doesn't deserve to be in any store's shadow. While its neighbour tends to emphasize new indie releases, Hits and Misses almost exclusively stocks Punk, Hardcore, Metal, and the myriad of sub-genres that each genre has in turn spawned.

"Nowhere else in the city will you likely find something by the Gorilla Biscuits" promises Genest. For those not in the know, Gorilla Biscuits is characterized by Wikipedia as a vegan straight-edge hardcore band though paradoxically the group decided to name themselves after a drug.

Hits and MissesGenest boasts that his store might just have the largest and best collection of seven inch singles anywhere in North America. Moreover, it's an approach to stocking his store that really resonates with the ethos of Punk and Hardcore movements. Fucked Up, for example, have released three full-length albums in their ten years as a band, however in that same time span they have released over 70 singles, EPs, mixtapes, splits, and tapes.

Hits and MissesFucked Up is an extreme example, to be sure, but like most of their peers and predecessors, they're not unique in the fact that their singles output far outstrips their full length production. Of course, all of that just means that some of these singles are extremely hard to find. That's why there are stores like Hits and Misses.

Hits and MissesLike most places with a collector's bent, the prices at Hits and Misses can vary widely depending on the rarity of a particular record. Most of the LPs seem to hover around the $15.99 mark, whereas most of the seven inches are between $5.99 and $7.99. The store also has a large used section of CDs, where with just a bit of digging, I was able to find some gems for less than $10.

Hits and MissesBeyond the variety of albums available for purchase, the store also has a wall of patches and pins for purchase. My favourite part of the store, however, is that it's a veritable art gallery of posters that the store's owner has collected over the years, some of them just as visually interesting as the cover art of various albums. It's no wonder the store has thrived for two decades.

Hits and MissesPhotos by Dennis Marciniak. With contributions from Rick McGinnis.

Discussion

13 Comments

Vinyl Junkie / December 22, 2011 at 09:47 am
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Hits or Misses is hands down the best record store in the city. Pete is an awesome dude and always gives me a discount because I have been a longtime customer. No other record store can even touch their selection of punk and hardcore.
Poopdawg / December 22, 2011 at 10:35 am
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Great record store. I only stop in every now and then, but they've really impressed me with some of the stuff they have had in stock.
heather / December 22, 2011 at 10:52 am
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"For those not in the know, Gorilla Biscuits is characterized by Wikipedia as a vegan straight-edge hardcore band though paradoxically the group decided to name themselves after a drug."

Ugh, turn down the Dad.
Mr. Seaton Village / December 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm
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Best record shop in the city.
Alec replying to a comment from Vinyl Junkie / January 18, 2012 at 05:31 pm
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Hey, do you know if they have classic metal albums like early Iron Maiden or Judas Priest. If not do you know which store in Toronto might have those? Looking for "Gn'R Lies" as well!
Igor replying to a comment from Alec / January 18, 2012 at 06:35 pm
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Hey Alex,

I'm not absolutely sure, but the store likely has the records you're looking for. In any case, if the store doesn't have them, Pete will find a way to get you those records. Cheers.
800 cash today / February 2, 2012 at 04:03 pm
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You are my role models. Thanks for the article
krankenversicherungswechsel / February 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm
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A note to Steven - I expect that it would make things seem strange at first, but the majority of people I have spoken to reckon it is still worth trying.
http://www.pkv-wechsel.eu/
G.O. / March 21, 2012 at 12:53 am
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Hits and Misses is the best punk record store in the city. I go there every tuesday and buy all the punk/oi! vinyls before someone else takes it! hahaha

As for fucked up, it was unnecessary to mention. Might as well to put their photo in this article as well.
Owen / August 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm
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Hey, 13 year old vinyl lover get too go into the big city tomorrow to be able to get some records,Does this specific shop sell beatles/killers/Green Day? If not any suggestions for other stores?
Spenny Spen replying to a comment from Owen / October 9, 2012 at 03:59 pm
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Try Amazon.com they have a huge selection of stuff like that. Also Play De Record on Yonge St. for sure has what you're looking for and at great prices to, thats where i buy in Toronto.
chadi / January 6, 2013 at 03:16 pm
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how can i get some lp´s on line
Lars Nagel replying to a comment from Vinyl Junkie / January 28, 2013 at 02:57 pm
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Hey man...random question here....i'm in The El Caminos from Atlanta GA. We just found out about this awesome punk rock vinyl store. Has it closed? I understand the owners name is Pete. We would love to get hold of him and send him our new vinyl release. Not involve our Distribution Company. He seems super cool and the store looks amazing. Anyways...how can we find him? Facebook?

Thanks for your time.

Lars

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