There were some discs that we were never short of. We always had them. Cheap. Add your staff discount to that, and you could get a lot of stuff dirt cheap. But the discs themselves were so common, they were always in stock. Therefore they never were a priority for me at the time. Soundtracks and compilations were a great example of this. Last Action Hero, Super Mario Bros, these could be had for super cheap, any time, and they all contained exclusive music by cool bands like Megadeth, Anthrax, Extreme, and so on.
One disc that I never picked up before was the soundtrack to a bad horror movie called Shocker, by Wes Craven. The soundtrack had numerous stars on it – members of Kiss, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Whitesnake, Van Halen, and more. The title song was a Paul Stanley rocker performed by Paul and Desmond Child in an all-star band called The Dudes of Wrath, and it wasn’t a bad song. There was also another Paul tune on here called “Sword and Stone”, recorded by a band called Bonfire.
(Now, here’s the interesting thing about “Shocker”, the song. Desmond Child wrote the guitar lick, a very Platinum Blonde-esque part that is almost identical to the one in a Kiss song released at the same time, called “King of Hearts”. And who wrote that? Paul and Desmond Child. It’s the same freakin’ thing.)
Anyway, long story short: I never pulled the trigger while I was at the store. I’m still today in the process of replacing my cassettes on CD, and this is one. The CD was just too common, it was always in stock and I always had better things to spend my money on. I could have got it for $4 at any point over the years. I should have.
Look at this one, that I paid $12 for from Amazon Marketplaces. The spine is cut as a promo. The front is scuffed. The CD has some scratches on it. This is all stuff that wouldn’t have happened in my store. Even if it was a cut promo, every case was replaced if not already like new. Not to mention I had complete control to be picky about quality before I bought. Not to mention that in the past, I had numerous chances to get Shocker uncut. Now, unfortunately, the disc is less common.
I wished I’d pulled the trigger back then!