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Music from Newspaper Promo CDs

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    Does anyone remember when newspapers used to give away CDs that were often promos or compilations? A lot of my earliest exposure to the stuff I like now was through those.

    I remember the CDs would have maybe 6-7 well-known tracks while the rest were like local unsigned/indie bands that you've probably never heard of since, which is a bummer as some of those lost tracks are still lodged in my head after all these years!


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  • I’m not a regular newspaper buyer as I prefer the convenience of just dipping online for news when I feel like it but love buying the likes of mojo, uncut, q and word as the cds you at times get are a real window into up and coming bands / artists.. just stick the cds in the car and see what’s to be loved.




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  • Yeah I got a box full of them. They gave away some really good stuff. I thought the upcoming artist stuff was mainly rubbish personally but you'd get albums full of Beach Boys or David Bowie songs etc. I don't buy newspapers anymore so I never knew that the practice was discontinued.




  • I used to love getting the tapes (showing my age here) that came occasionally with Melody Maker (and NME). I have a vague recollection that they gave away one of those weird flexi 7" thingies to promote a new Cult album back in the 90s.




  • I remember the old flexi singles. Wish I'd hung onto some of them now


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  • I still have a flexi-single from Fresh magazine from the late 80s, I'd say. The band was Cry Before Dawn, although I was never mad about them.




  • Sheridan81 wrote: »
    Yeah I got a box full of them. They gave away some really good stuff. I thought the upcoming artist stuff was mainly rubbish personally but you'd get albums full of Beach Boys or David Bowie songs etc. I don't buy newspapers anymore so I never knew that the practice was discontinued.

    Ended maybe ten years ago at this stage. The Ireland on Sunday - bought by the Daily Mail and folded in - got nicknamed Golden Discs in the industry as it was reliant on them for sales; you could see the boost in sales figures for issues with big bands.

    The Mail did old movies, mostly absolutely awful, on DVD; and the Sunday Times also did the CDs.


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