DON’T HIT THE ROOF LOOKING FOR VINYL… GET TO THE ATTIC [BOBBY YEO R.I.P. 2020]

October 17, 2018 – 8:19 am

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BOBBY YEO [THE ATTIC] R.I.P. 2020


Bobby Yeo, 1986 picture by Christine Chew.

BigO was informed that Bobby Yeo of The Attic, a longtime curator and collector of all things vinyl, has passed away in $ingapore on October 20, 2020. Back in 1986, we wrote: “With daring and tenacity, he has carved out a special niche for The Attic - they bring in records that no other shop dares to touch. From reggae, blues, jazz, rock, pop and evergreens to the lifeline for all true rock ‘n’ rollers - the indies. ‘The Attic carries a wide range’ is saying too little about so much. The Attic, started life in 1980 and was the first all-import record shop.” He started off at Lucky Plaza, then moved to Centrepoint, operated for a while near Novena MRT Station, before relocating to Far East Plaza. He leaves behind his wife and children.

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Visitors to $ingapore will find more than casinos, zoos, F1 and chilli crab when they visit the island nation. You can get the latest vinyl offerings conveniently at the island’s main shopping area in Orchard Road. Just head down to Far East Plaza Shopping Centre along Scotts Road. On the second floor is The Attic run by Bobby Yeo, a longtime curator and collector of all things vinyl.

Just don’t expect to find crates of records on the floor of The Attic. High rentals have forced vinyl into shelves instead and they line all three sides of the cubicle-styled shop. The walls are mirrored to create a mirage of space. But you’ll be surrounded by records.

You’ll find Led Zeppelin alongside Greta Van Fleet, David Crosby next to Thom Yorke and Charles Bradley, Ann Wilson, Muse, Candi Staton, Rosanne Cash, Alter Bridge and much, much more. The Attic has a mix of brand new vinyl and CDs for sale at competitive prices. Bobby’s knowledge goes a long way back. You’ll find releases from the BGO label, RPM, Cherry Red Records, Nettwerk, Nuclear Blast, Wounded Bird, Real Gone as well as from the major labels.

Bobby started selling records way back in 1978 when The Attic occupied a store at the attic (of course) of Lucky Plaza.

Long after the dust has settled after both Tower Records and HMV have shuttered, The Attic is still standing. It is now located at Far East Plaza, Scotts Road, unit #03-42 Shop 16.

To contact Bobby, email him here. The Attic also does mail order.

For other record stores in $ingapore, click here.

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