by Dave Segal
on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM
This directive telling employees of Chicago record store Laurie’s Planet of Sound to “NEVER EVER BUY” used CDs recorded by a long list of artists for the should resonate with anyone who’s worked in music retail over the last decade. The litany may be a few years old, and surely many more titles need to be added to it, but the bulk of the albums by artists here have been sitting unloved in used bins for years, like lousy cheese in the colons of sluggish humans. When I worked for Everyday Music in 2003-2004, I’d see discs by post-GreenR.E.M., Cranberries, Alice in Chains, Beck, Björk, and countless others flooding the store like unwanted guests you’re too polite to kick out (EM bought almost everything customers would haul in). I’m surprised these acts didn’t make Laurie's shit list.
That being said, the Laurie’s Planet of Sound list does contain a few surprises—Suede, Flying Luttenbachers, Apes, Grifters, 808 State, Love Battery—but overall it’s a solid document of ignominy, and whoever composed it possesses a sound business mind. (However, who decides what "2nd Tier Hip-Hop" is and by what criteria?) The one entry that’s most damning, though is “most 90s bands.” Harsh!