buying "imports" at record stores in the early 90s

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Postby bongo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:49 am

uhh hey man is this bongo? your copy of outcesticide 3 came in sorry it took so long, its $40 and we have it at the counter for ya

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Postby bongo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:50 am

im still mystified at how the import cd game worked. like looking at this labels discography https://www.discogs.com/label/20230-Blue-Moon-Records they released exclusively unofficial cds by mainstream rock groups that were distributed widely enough for a shitty record store in the suburbs of ohio to get?
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Postby . » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:51 am

i recently wondered if I spent more money a year on import CDs in the 90s than I do today on my biggest expense: loading my son up with hundreds of legos a week.
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Postby . » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:51 am

i know I once spent $200 on bootleg Coil CDs and they were 95% garbage outtake stuff
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Postby . » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:52 am

never made it to outcesticide III but the first one was legit well done
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Postby south pacific » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:53 am

bongo wrote:im still mystified at how the import cd game worked. like looking at this labels discography https://www.discogs.com/label/20230-Blue-Moon-Records they released exclusively unofficial cds by mainstream rock groups that were distributed widely enough for a shitty record store in the suburbs of ohio to get?


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Postby avenue » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:57 am

when i think about how much i spend on import cds in the 90s, and then remember that they are all at this moment holding up the slats on my Ikea MÃLM as my wife sleeps, i get a little sad.
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Postby south pacific » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:00 am

Want to know what the next bitcoin will be in 2020???


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Postby emotional fascism » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:14 am

scramble wrote:https://www.discogs.com/label/39838-Kiss-The-Stone


yesssss

my dad ran a CD store at the time these started trickling out and I was able to get them at cost. the Lollapolooza 92 box made me the envy of my dorm room floor for a solid week. too bad they were shitty audience recordings.

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Postby emotional fascism » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:15 am

their graphic design skills were clearly untouchable
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Postby jon » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:06 pm

Oh wow, kiss the stone.
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Postby ripersnifle » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:09 pm

emotional fascism wrote:their graphic design skills were clearly untouchable
lol
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Postby john plainman » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:10 pm

scramble wrote:https://www.discogs.com/label/39838-Kiss-The-Stone


wow, not a single one of these releases is for sale
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Postby Brevity » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:13 pm

I had this one
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Postby gambra » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:13 pm

bongo wrote:im still mystified at how the import cd game worked. like looking at this labels discography https://www.discogs.com/label/20230-Blue-Moon-Records they released exclusively unofficial cds by mainstream rock groups that were distributed widely enough for a shitty record store in the suburbs of ohio to get?


They're all Italian labels, there was a thing called the "protection gap" where Italy hadn't signed up for the updated copyright laws that went around in the late 80's/early 90's. All they had to do was pay a nomial fee for "manufacturing rights" to music. They used audience and radio recordings of live shows as there was officially no label they needed to pay rights to for them so they'd release anything they could get their hands on and expert it everywhere. They were technically illegal in the US but no one cared. I read a solid book covering all this stuff a few years back called Bootleg.

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Postby BlackSugar » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:13 pm

jon wrote:Oh wow, kiss the stone.


I know! this brings me back so much. that and tarantula were the great bootleg companies
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Postby gambra » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:15 pm

john plainman wrote:
scramble wrote:https://www.discogs.com/label/39838-Kiss-The-Stone


wow, not a single one of these releases is for sale


Discogs have blocked the sale of any release that has "Unofficial Release" in the last few months because of all the Eastern European bootleg vinyl of official releases that flooded on there. The downside is it also blocks all things like this or unofficial represses of long lost records etc.
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Postby ripersnifle » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:16 pm

kind of off-topic, but there's this awful looking Dylan bootleg at a record store in my neighbourhood that i check for every time i'm there just to see if anyone actually wants to pay $40 for it.
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Postby Buddy Glass » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:22 pm

This Beck bootleg had some legitimate good stuff on it

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Postby Geoff » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:25 pm

I have a lot of jazz 'imports' from japan, blue note etc.
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Postby jon » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:27 pm

A lot of those Italian releases used to turn up at the Virgin Megastore in Orlando. My friends and I would get a kick out of these obvious bootlegs being sold by a giant corporation on Disney property. I remember the Iggy Pop/Stooges section in particular was full of them and to this day I don’t really know which MC5 compilations are official releases.
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Postby jon » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:28 pm

Also LOL @ that Dylan bootleg.
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Postby gambra » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:29 pm

https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/932-the- ... leg-vinyl/

https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/r ... recordings

I was interviewed for Noisey piece but he didn't end up using any of my bits in it. Still both good articles.
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Postby klubrick » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:31 pm

This takes me back. bought this in the early 90s and the track lengths were all long. Realized they were all live tracks where when the song ended they just looped it to play again, to make the cd extra long.

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Postby klubrick » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:35 pm

ripersnifle wrote:kind of off-topic, but there's this awful looking Dylan bootleg at a record store in my neighbourhood that i check for every time i'm there just to see if anyone actually wants to pay $40 for it.
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this is amazing. Really want to start a band called Blind Boy Grunt now.
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Postby klubrick » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:35 pm

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Postby a is jump » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:22 pm

. wrote:i know I once spent $200 on bootleg Coil CDs and they were 95% garbage outtake stuff


Wait, what bootlegs? As far as I know, the only Coil releases that were regularly bootlegged were official releases that were out of print, and then in the early 00s it was the live shows. The only outtake stuff that's surfaced has been the post-Sleazy's death Threshold Archives releases.
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Postby bongo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:23 pm

alright this is now the official coilheads thread, so stay on topic
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:37 pm

The only time I recall shelling out $20+ for a single disc was for Faith No More's Live at the Brixton Academy, which was an import but not a bootleg. I definitely remember seeing the boots in this thread at places like Sam Goody, though.
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