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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Say it with me

My Weekend cover story is on the 50th anniversary of the Exclusive Company. If you grew up a music fan in Wisconsin, chances are you spent a lot of time in an Exclusive Co. store. I remember riding my bike across the town to buy my first two CDs ever there, the Beastie Boys' "Check You Head" and the "Singles" soundtrack. The whole trip took about two hours, but it was worth it.

Anybody have any Exclusive Co. memories to share?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello:When I first started shopping at The Exculsive Company
the main store housed vinyl and against the wall were cassette tapes.You could buy a new release
lp for roughly $5.99.It was interes
ting to watch over the years as vinyl basically disappeared as did
cassettes to replaced by cd's.It was nice to see vinyl eventually
make a comeback.The first lp's I
bought from Mr G were by Elvis and
The Rolling Stones-he helped me build my collection with reccomen
dations which I always appreciated
To me the crown jewels in the Ex
clusive company chain are the app
leton store and the store on state
street in Madison.I will have to
take Todd Nemecek's advice and ch
eck out Green Bay based on my hard
to find needs.I found over the years the clerks to be an ecclectic
interesting group of people with
exteremly varied tastes in music.
At any rate I hope that The Exclus
ive Company continues to have a long and sucsessfull tenure.We need
places like that to balance the top
40 outlets whose selections usually
leave alot to be desired.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Jim Collar said...

My first two vinyl records -- Stryper's "To Hell With the Devil" and Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" were bought at Exclusive when I was in fifth grade. They were $7 a piece.

I bought both GnR "Use Your Illusions" at Exclusive in my eighth grade year while my dad had his back turned. I quickly hid them in my jacket. He said "no" because of the naughty words.

Now in the itunes world we live in, I basically only go there for ska and other independent stuff, as it's the only place I know that has any.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember riding my bike to downtown Appleton and the smell of old vinyl and the noise of the creaky hard wood floors as I entered the store. I stared at album covers and appreciated the cash discount Exclusive Company gave on purchases when all I had was cash given my tender age. This music store wasn't as creepy as some. I also went to "The Pipe Shop" and wondered what everyone smoked in those pipes. I also went to "Rent-a-Record" and wondered how it could be legal. (it wasn't)

Best Buy might beat the Exclusive Company on price sometimes, but just bring in the BB ad and the folks behind the counter will price match it for you.

- Steve Smits

1:18 PM  
Anonymous C said...

How long has that announcer been doing the Exclusive Company commercials? I haven't been around as long as the Exclusive Co., but it seems that it has always been the same guy. Those commercials just wouldn't be the same without him.

10:30 PM  

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