About Bondi Records
Bondi Records is an independent online record store based in the heart of one of Australia's most iconic beach suburbs.
We stock new, exclusive, classic and hard-to-find vinyl records from a wide range of genres and eras.
If we don't have what you are looking for, please contact us and we can source from our suppliers.
We also ship internationally. Please enjoy browsing the store and our eclectic collection.
Bondi Records is a family business established in 2021 by serial vinyl addict Craig Fordham.
Despite being unable to play an instrument (he’s tried and failed, many, many times), sing in tune or dance in rhythm, Fordo has been addicted to vinyl ever since 1987, when he made his parents buy him the 7” of Frank Sinatra’s New York New York from Our Price in Canterbury, Kent, at the tender age of three. Yep, seriously.
Since then, Fordo has been obsessed with music.
Growing up, Saturdays were spent trawling the aisles in his hometown HMV, spending his ‘hard-earned’ pocket money on the latest singles. Sunday evenings were dedicated to recording and making mixtapes from the Top 40 charts.
But what really cemented his love of records was DJ’ing house, garage, drum & bass and R&B on local radio stations and in seedy nightclubs in the south east of England in the early noughties.
Moving to Australia in 2008 put a temporary pause on his expensive vinyl habit, when he swapped his Technics 1210s for a 256GB Apple iPod and hit the road.
However, he has relapsed in recent years, purchasing a 70s Pioneer turntable and amp and 80s Bose speakers to reignite the love affair with the black stuff.
Now, greyer and slightly rotund, Fordo hopes to spread the joys of analog world, one record player at a time.
Currently spinning: We Will Always Love You by The Avalanches. On repeat.
First album: Kylie by Kylie Minogue. Classic.
Favourite album: Nevermind by Nirvana or (What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis. Seminal.
Best gig attended: Bloc Party at the Camden Barfly, 2007. Epic.
Worst gig attended: Either Red Hot Chilli Peppers at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, 2006 or Kings of Leon at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in 2009. Awful.
Best single: Cheating here a bit, but I’m obsessed with You’ve Got The Love, because every single remix or cover is an absolute belter. This is still my favourite version. Iconic.
Best album track not released as a single: Intro, by The xx. Spine-tingling.
Band I’d most like to see reform: Seeing as The Smiths will never reunite, I’ll go for The Maccabees. Hopeful.
Instruments attempted to play: I've attempted the violin, piano, guitar, drums and singing in a choir. Hopeless.