Wednesday, 15 January 2020

We’ve Got a Fuzzbox Picture Disc and We’re Going to Display it!

We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use it! were an all-girl English alternative rock/pop punk band from Birmingham who formed in 1985 and after shortening their name to Fuzzbox, recorded 6 UK Top 75 hits during their career (to date).

Fuzzbox  AIBDC : 0_2235 

The Top 75 Singles Chart now utilises a combination of CD and vinyl sales, audio and video streams and downloads to measure success - but during the halcyon days of the sensational seventies and stylish eighties, only actual physical product sold was used to compile chart placings. So, picture discs of singles were often utilised as a canny method of obtaining additional sales to bump a record further on up the charts (as fans would often want to buy multiple versions and formats of the same song).

Sadly this quirkily designed picture disc wasn’t enough to power the single up the charts on release, as it only managed to spend a single week in the UK Chart at 100 on 09.06.90 and then disappeared into the ether the following week. The band disbanded due to ‘musical differences’ shortly afterwards in the same year but happily have subsequently reformed in 2010 and then again in 2015 and are still going strong today:  https://www.facebook.com/OfficialFuzzbox/

Fuzzbox  AIBDC : 0_2235

Interestingly enough, even though the record is labelled as needing to be played at 33 and a 1/3 RPM the disc actually plays at 45 RPM according to the vinyl gurus at Discogs and any canny investor buying it for £1.99p on release might be sitting on a profit of £4 for a cut copy like the one shown here from MoDiP's collections (where the original circular unused bits of vinyl have been disposed of). Uncut versions being rarer are worth more to collectors.

Fuzzbox  AIBDC : 0_2235

Luckily enough for you though, you won’t need to take out a mortgage or contact the Doctor, enter the Tardis and set the time dials to return to 1990, as MoDiP has the picture disc available in the collection for you to view and admire in all its glory.

Groovy baby!

Dr Andrew Pulman


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