February 5, 2009

Glam Rock Starbucks

At risk of the title of this post sounding like a Guided-By Voices song name (unrelated and all-too accurate GBV song title generator here), this is actually a real thing. I was in Starbucks today (yeah, the one in the freakin' grocery store) and noticed this CD:



That said, I figured I'd go ahead and ask our resident Starbux/ glam rock expert Mr. Harvey if he has actually sold any of these CDs at his particular S-bux store, or if he could tell me some inside sales figures info on it. Is the glam CD selling better than the Coldplay and jazz CDs that your fine company also hawks? I hope the answer is no, because the tracklist really sucks. British people agree with me in the Guardian.

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2 Comments:

Blogger K. Jan Harvey said...

Jack. I am not responsible for what Starbucks does to glam. But yeah, it didn't sell, at all. No one even picked it up off the rack (this was when I was still in KY, by the way). The only cd demographic at starbucks is old women or cheesy-weak-puss-blues lovers. But I did enjoy clearing the outdoor patio while listening to Bowie once. That was good. Whenever Starbucks tries to sell cd's, it fails. Whenever Starbucks ackowledges music, it fails. And be pleased to know that recently Starbucks corporate stores (that is, those not in grocery stores, Barnes and Noble, etc.) marked down and sold off their cd collections and now generally carry only two or three seasonal promotional albums, tailored nicely for the demographic. But then again, if Starbucks could get legal money by selling children into slavery, they would do it.

February 7, 2009 at 12:10 AM 
Blogger JHitts said...

The one in the Price Cutter sells the Glam CD and the Ska CD. Which baffles me, because this is rural Missouri. I seriously doubt you're going to sell glam rock to good country people or army men. Probably why I'm pretty sure they're the exact CDs that have been on display since I moved here...

February 7, 2009 at 12:29 AM 

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