This isn’t some definitive list or anything like that. Just five memories that stand out among the others: my Top Five Flops.
#5. The Rolling Stones – Bridges to Babylon. I know this album didn’t sit well for a few people, but we just flat out ordered too many. They started coming in used within days and before too long, we had so many used copies that they were starting to show up in bargain bins. Never a good sign when you’re the so-called greatest rock and roll band on Earth.
#4. Van Halen – III. Same deal. We ordered 50 copies. I don’t know why. This one was going to be a flop even before it was released. Gary Cherone had no marquee value whatsoever in 1998. We ordered 50, we ended up selling (probably) 5.
#3. Hole – Live Through This. Yes, it was huge in 199x, but by the late 90’s, you would have been a fool to pay more than $5.99 for this stinker, such was the frequency of the trade-ins.
#2. Titanic – Soundtrack. Yeah, yeah, I know. One of the biggest soundtracks of all time. Well, as soon as Celine put out her own album with “My Life Will Go On” on it, the trade-ins began. At one point we were bundling it with DVDs and VHS tapes just to get it out of the store.
#1. Spin Doctors – Turn It Upside Down. I recall at one point we had something like 20 copies, used, in stock. We couldn’t give it away even for $3.99. I wouldn’t know from listening to it, but I am pretty sure that it sucks. It sold so infrequently, that I would be willing to bet that there are still copies in the 10-15 year-old-range, sitting there unsold today.