50 Most Common Used CDs

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  1. joshdcu

    joshdcu New Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Washington, DC
    A friend of mine sent me this article about the 50 cds most commonly found in used cd/record stores, and I thought it was pretty amusing.


    The reviewer omits most of the (more obvious) platinum-sellers, so there's not a lot of Live/Hootie/Matchbox 20/Soul Asylum or the like here, but there are some pretty funny reviews. Though I don't agree with all of them, many of the reviews are spot-on.

    I find it particularly funny, because I had and sold back some of these cds, and I still have some of the others.

    Anyway, I thought that some of you might enjoy the article, so take a look...
  2. Aimer. Northend Diva

    Dec 7, 2000
    I only have 1 of those cds...Depeche Mode.
  3. afgrijselijkheid

    Dec 29, 2002
    AFC Ajax
    i have 4 of them: 1 i got free (possum dixon) and 3 i bought used (REM, arrested development, the breeders)
  4. obie

    obie New Member

    Nov 18, 1998
    NY, NY
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    50. Dambuilders - bought, sold back to store.
    44. Sebadoh - bought, sold back to store.
    37. Jesus Jones - bought, sold back to store.
    36. Luna - bought, sold back to store.
    33. Urban Dance Squad - bought, sold back to store.
    32. The The - bought, sold back to store.
    30. Freedy Johnston - bought, still own.
    29. J&M Chain - bought, sold back to store.
    28. Primus - bought, sold back to store.
    23. Velocity Girl - bought, sold back to store.
    21. Ministry - bought, sold back to store.
    19. Dino Jr. - bought, sold back to store.
    10. Ned's Atomic Dustbin - bought, sold back to store.
    9. Belly - bought, sold back to store.
    8. Radiohead - bought, sold back to store, borrowed from friend & burned new copy.
    5. Breeders - bought, sold back to store.
    3. Sugar (FUEL) - bought, sold back to store.
    2. New Order - bought, still own.
    1. REM - bought, sold back to store.

    I have a hard time believing this myself.
  5. joshdcu

    joshdcu New Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Washington, DC
    48: Cop Shoot Cop, Ask Questions Later- bought, sold back
    43: Ride, Carnival of Light- bought, still have
    40: Black Grape, It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah- bought, still have
    38: Curve, Come Clean- bought, sold back
    37: Jesus Jones, Doubt- bought, still have
    35: Catherine Wheel- bought, sold back
    29: Jesus & Mary Chain, Honey's Dead- bought, still have
    27: Darling Buds, Erotica- bought, stolen (!), would buy again
    25: Mercury Rev, Boces- given to me, sold to store
    7: La's, La's- bought, stolen, would buy again for that one song (There She Goes), but would rather have a single
    5: Breeders, Last Splash- bought, sold back
    3: Sugar, Beaster/File Under... Easy Listening- bought one, other given to me, still have both
  6. Footix

    Footix Member

    Dec 11, 1998
    Left Of The Dial
    As someone who lives for used cd bins, I can tell you this list is pretty close to accurate, but the reviews of each are typical Pitchfork grudgeholding. More than a few of those discs that they write-off are classics in my book, and I remain astounded at thier unwillingness to accept an artist's change of direction, ever.

    Also, that La's disc is pretty hard to find used, and will get you some big bucks on eBay in good condition. Proof from the La's review that most Pitchforkers are posing tools:
    "Some horsesh!t girl-singer band covered the song a few years back to siphon some cash off its enduring popularity-- I think it was Sixpence None the Richer, and I hope they're not."

    Like the nerd who wrote that review truly wasn't sure who redid the song...Not only is he sure, but he's angry that the chick singer would never date a loser like himself. Hence the snide remark.

    One thing they did get right, however, is the fact that there really doesn't seen to be a non-promo copy of The Dambuilders record anywhere! I've seen this disc dozens of times in used bins, always a promo.
  7. sonicdream

    sonicdream Member

    Sep 27, 2002
    West of Suez canal
    AFC Ajax
    The obvious omission from their "Top" 50 seems to be Chumbawamba's Thumthumper. (SP?)
  8. Mad_Bishop

    Mad_Bishop Member

    Oct 11, 2000
    Columbia, MO
    39: Face to Face: Ignorance is Bliss This album is terrible, esp. compared to the genius Don't Turn Away, Live, Big Choice, and first half of teh S/T record. I still have it, but only because I'm too lazy to round up my bad CD's for resale.

    28: Primus: Pork Soda Had it, sold it.

    26: Thurston Moore: Psychic Hearts Have on double vinyl. Love it, never see it. I thought it was out of print. Perhaps not.

    9: Belly: Star Had it, sold it. My fiance still owns it and still likes it.

    8: Radiohead: Pablo Honey One of the first tapes I bought with my own money. Loved it. Still love it. Fiance has it on CD. I still think it's one of Radiohead's better albums.

    6: Various Artists: Born to Choose / No Alternative I think I owned No Alternative. I can't be sure.

    5: Breeders: Last Splash Bought, got stolen. Keep meaning to buy again. I still think this is a brilliant album

    1: R.E.M.: Monster Fiance owns every REM record. I was never much into them
  9. Cascarino's Pizzeria

    Apr 29, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    Tubthumper? Yeah - that chorus can still be heard floating in the air after a pub has closed down for the night and they're sweeping up the floors. Admit it - everyone was humming that song for a while.

    "Monster" did bite big time. WTF were they thinking? I loved "New Adventures in Hi-Fi". Maybe "Monster" was just a bone toss to Warner's.

    "Godfodder" is good fun. I listened to that one a ton.
  10. nicodemus

    nicodemus Member+

    Sep 3, 2001
    Cidade Mágica
    PAOK Saloniki
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Before I even opened the link, I thought to myself "If REM's Monster isn't #1, this list is sooooooooooooo wrong."
  11. sch2383

    sch2383 New Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    I have none of these albums, does this make me cool? Oh how I yearn for Pitchfork's approval.
  12. Eric B

    Eric B Member

    Feb 21, 2000
    the LBC
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    42: The Melvins: Stag

    The prescense of this album on this list is a good indicator of the Melvins place as one of rock's most mis-understood bands. I saw them open for Mr. Bungle in 1991(?) and just get mercilessly bood off stage. I didn't dig them at the time, but I saw what they were trying to do, it just wasn't my thing.
  13. spejic

    spejic Cautionary example

    Mar 1, 1999
    San Rafael, CA
    San Jose Earthquakes
    If this list was made 5 years ago, then it would have to include every Sugarcubes album except "Live's Too Good".
  14. Mattbro

    Mattbro Member+

    Sep 21, 2001
    It might surprise some of you, but I don't own, nor have I ever owned, any of the records on that list. Hard to believe, I know.

    The new number one would have to be St. Anger, though, wouldn't it?
  15. nancyb

    nancyb Member

    Jun 30, 2000
    Falls Church, VA
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Interestingly, every one of the cds they list that I own, I bought used. They are:

    The Las
    Radiohead (need to sell that one back)

    How is it there are no Madonna cds on that list?

    A friend of mine published a zine and a book called ThriftScore in which she wrote about buying things from thrift stores. She speculated that all copies of the Herb Alpert record, Whipped Cream, are constantly recirculating through thrift stores in the country. You can almost guarantee you'll find one if you check the vinyl bins at a thrift store.

    Well, finally, my friend decided to wallpaper her dining room with the cover of this record - buying everyone she could find and pasting them to her dining room walls. Last time I visited, she'd covered about the half the wall space.
  16. PSUdude

    PSUdude New Member

    Dec 15, 1998
    Elmhurst, Queens, NY
    The eminem cd I bought is used as a coaster...
  17. obie

    obie New Member

    Nov 18, 1998
    NY, NY
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Here's what else could be on that list:

    U2 - Zooropa. When I saw the topic, my first thought was, without a doubt, Zooropa. Imagine my shock when it didn't make it at all.

    Green Day - Dookie. While I agree that Monster is a worthy #1, this has to be in my top five used bin finds. Everyone bought into the hype and then realized it was not that good.

    The Replacements - Don't Tell A Soul. Worst live act ever. I don't care if their hard-core fans worship the drunk shows as unique experiences, they sucked.

    Oasis - Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants. It didn't even sell all that well, but I see this one everywhere.

    Elvis Costello - Brutal Youth. There have been at least half a dozen times when I've been hunched over a used bin, searching & searching, then said "Hey, look, Elvis Costello!.... Oh, wait, forget it, it's 'Brutal Youth'".

    Some random others:

    Shawn Mullins - Soul's Core

    Paula Cole - This Fire

    Urge Overkill - Exit The Dragon

    EMF - Schubert Dip

    The B-52's - Good Stuff

    Talking Heads - True Stories and Naked

    Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience
  18. Unorthodox Yank

    Feb 27, 2001
    Constant Flux
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I was pretty perfect until i got down to the breeders.

    And i frizeakin love that album.
  19. slipknotter

    slipknotter New Member

    May 31, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I still have that Ministry CD and had Radiohead's "Pablo Honey" but sold it back to the store. A friend of mine used the back of the box of Metallica's "S&M" as a coke-snorting device. I naively inquired why was the back all scratched and found out later that evening.
  20. Cascarino's Pizzeria

    Apr 29, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    I also see a ton of "Spikes" in the bins.

    Elvis Costello (along with David Byrne & Sting) are all over the map musically. They all have tremendous talent, but it's hard to say what each will do from one album to the next. Will it be Brazilian-influenced crap? Or South African influenced crap? That's the problem with knowing where these guys came from back in the day compared to a newbie getting into them now.
  21. bojendyk

    bojendyk New Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    South Loop, Chicago
    Bit your tongue! They may have played some truly awful shows (some of which i have on bootlegs), but the one time I saw them is easily the best show I have ever seen. When they were off or too drunk to care, they were probably one of the worst-ever live bands. But their good shows were transcendent.
  22. nancyb

    nancyb Member

    Jun 30, 2000
    Falls Church, VA
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I was pretty much done with Costello after Almost Blue. I won't go to see him live anymore because you just never know which Costello will show up and I sure as hell don't want to blow my money on tickets to a show where he tries to be the next Sinatra.
  23. Iceblink

    Iceblink Member

    Oct 11, 1999
    Ipswich Town FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't think I have ever been to a used cd store that didn't have at least five copies of Ugly Kid Joe's "America's Least Wanted"

    I never understood why they bought them back.
  24. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard New Member

    Oct 16, 2000
    I don't but used CD's since (in London at least) the major retailers discount Cd's so much these days it's often cheaper to buy back catalogue stuff new.

    Speaking as an REM fan I'm mortified by the review of Monster but judging by the other reviews the guy needs to get out more and a girlfriend probably wouldn't be a bad idea either.

    My hunting ground is the dumped vinyl section of thrift shops where popular items include classics like Mrs Mills Banjo Party and recordings of Charles and Di's wedding.

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