Nope not Covid, nor Tottenham’s wait for a trophy, but W.H. Smiths’ pretense that they sell CDs! At least in my local branch (an hour’s journey from a High Street record shop) anyway.
You can imagine the meeting… “Stationery?” “Not bad, W.H.” “Magazines?” “So, so, W.H.” “CDs?” “Sold none, W.H.” “How could that possibly happen? Don’t people want to buy the Soundtrack to the Lion King again? Ditch the CD department.”
Further news… the British Heart Foundation had a full run of Sainted D., Deep Purple, Slade and Style Council on CD today. Sainted D. at £2.99 each (the ones without the bonus tracks – gee, thanks Sainted D.), the others at £1.99. I think we’re going to get more and more of this, and I’m definitely going to be nipping in on a regular basis. The stuff, which two or three years ago might have been farmed off to the specialist shop, is now going straight onto the shelf.