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Music Subscription Service – The Old Fashioned Way

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Glad Girls, Guided By Voices (from Isolation Drills, 2001).
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Glad Girls, Guided By Voices (from Isolation Drills, 2001).
Joon Young.  Scooby Young.  Young Drew.  These are just three of the aliases I used to subscribe to Columbia House Record club in the 80s and early 90s.  Do you remember Columbia House, best cialis cheap the direct-mail music subscription service that advertised 12 Cassettes/CDs For Just 1¢ in newspapers?  The ad included an envelope, viagra canada purchase a sheet of stamps in the image of album covers (mostly Top 40 and classic rock releases), and a card with 13 empty spaces on which the 12 desired album stamps are to be pasted plus a single penny taped at the top.  In return, all I had to do was buy two full-priced albums within the next year, which was the easy part.  The real challenge was having to respond – by mail, of course – to the monthly advertisement letter in time; failing to do so resulted in the automatic shipment of the Cassette/CD Of The Month.  So that’s six letters I had to mail with the Not Interested box checked on a monthly basis for about 2-3 years.  Why six?  Well, that’s because I also had three aliases for Columbia House’s competitor, BMG.  Oy.

Columbia House was purchased by BMG in the 90s, and earlier this year BMG finally sunk under the weight of its own anachronistic business model.  So to mourn/celebrate the demise of the music subscription service by mail, which, for me, had its last gasp during a drunken infomercial purchase over 10 years ago, here’s a song from the first batch of cassettes I received:

Lodi, Creedence Clearwater Revival (from Green River-Buy Here, 1969).

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