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September 10, 2020

Stevie Dunbar Discogs Hits Another Milestone in 2020: 13 Million Releases in the Database!

Where am I? What year is it? This is not my beautiful house! This is not my beautiful wife!

Despite time collapsing into itself and losing any meaning during this never-ending year, the Discogs Database has reached a new milestone at record speed — and there is no way we could have done it without you all.

In January — before 2020’s craziness really kicked off — the Database hit 12 million releases. The 1-million-submission jump took around nine months, as we announced our 11 millionth landmark back in March 2019. That seemed rather fast, but nothing could have prepared us for the enormous amount of growth the Database has experienced since.

Fast forward a year to March 2020, when the Database had hit an all-time high in submissions. This was undoubtedly brought upon by quarantine and subsequent lockdowns, as contributors took an unpredictable situation and turned it into a very productive period.

With countries around the world rotating in and out of lockdown, the Database has maintained a remarkably steady rate of submissions that continue to smash numbers from previous years. Thanks to this massive increase, we’re happy to announce that the Database has just hit 13 million releases! That means we witnessed over 1 million submissions in only eight months, crushing our previous nine-month record. And that’s with almost an entire month of S.P.IN, our annual September Pledge INitiative to grow submissions, still in front of us.

Now, 13 million is an incredible number, don’t get us wrong. However, there are still plenty of chances to contribute to the Database. As you can see on our S.P.IN. Around the World map, the Database still has some weak coverage spots in regions like China and the Middle East.

That being said, we would like to extend a massive THANK YOU to all of our contributors over the years. The Database would be absolutely nothing without your diligent work and relentless digging over the past 20 years. We hope the Database is a source of both comfort and knowledge during this extremely odd time. We look forward to 14 million!

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Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdicke The Strange and Delicious Phenomenon of Cereal Box Records

Growing up, my parents never let us buy any “good” cereals. Of course, the definition of “good” for a kid was anything with sugar listed as one of the first ingredients — preferably number one — listed on the make-up of the breakfast treat. Sadly, our house was regulated to Cheerios, Rice Krispies, and, every once in awhile, Shredded Wheat (not the lovely Frosted Mini-Wheats, which literally have a layer of icing-esque sweetness coating). Because of these incredibly stringent restrictions in our house, I never got to delight in many of the delicious delicacies that many of my friends did: Cocoa Puffs, Fruity Pebbles, even “Mikey’s” favorite, Life, were not allowed. So, it is not much of a surprise that I have no memory of the cereal box record phenomena that product manufacturers General Mills and Post, in particular, embraced and perpetuated for a short stint in the 1970s and ’80s. Some were cardboard records cut from the cereal box; others were mail-in offers.

For almost 70 years, General Mills has been collaborating with other entities to entice consumers to pick up their products. The Walt Disney Production 6-inch manufactured by the megabrand in 1951 showcases two songs from the feature-length cartoon the animation superpower released the same year: the theme from Alice in Wonderland as well as the White Rabbit’s personal anthem (which I strangely know, though I have never seen the movie or owned the record) “I’m Late.” Obviously, kiddies would nag Mom to get whatever product included this “prize,” which really was an advertisement for the film.

Jackson 5 cereal box record

The Disney collabs continued throughout the 1950s. In 1956, select Wheaties had the drawn characters “performing” tracks, with various renditions spread across different boxes creating a collect-them-all mail-in situation. Those lucky enough to get their hands on all the versions would be treated to Mickey Mouse singing “The Gadget Tree”, Chip ‘N Dale crooning “The Laughing Song,” Goofy barking “It’s Great To Be Goofy,” and Donald Duck performing “Donald Duck’s Song”.

However, records were not just for kids. In a coy move, home cooks were also included in the vinyl grocery store revolution. The same year the Wheaties record appeared, boxes of cooking staple Bisquick — sold under the Betty Crocker umbrella — featured a cut-out record. The vinyl this time showcased the many uses for the product- consisting of flour, shortening, salt, and baking powder, with an array of recipes from “Muffins” to my favorite, “Answer Cake,” all having their own track listing.

By the early 1970s, General Mills realized that, instead of using someone else’s product and mascots like they had with Disney, they could create and market their own characters directly to kids. The first two cartoon personas- Count Chocula, repping a cocoa-flavored breakfast cereal, and strawberry Franken Berry — were shown in advertisements bickering over who had the better bowlful. The animated shorts fit in seamlessly with other morning cartoons for children, making the ‘monsters entities onto themselves. T-shirts, sheets, and other items featuring what eventually became a trio when blueberry Boo Berry was introduced into the fold in 1973 were omnipresent. It’s no surprise that the gruesome threesome became the stars of their own set of cereal box 45s. Found on select packs of the different horror flavors of breakfast yumminess, the first two flexi-discs feature all of the haunted trinity on The Monsters Go Disco and Monster Adventures in Outer Space. The Count is the only breakout star from the haunted mansion monsters to have his own flexi-disc with Count Chocula Goes to Hollywood.

On the 1979 Disco, our pals Boo, Frank, and Count find themselves “frightfully lonely” on a Saturday night. Hitting the club provides the elixir to their woes, with the friends finding elated bliss on the dance floor:

“I’m so light on my feet, I’ll boogie all night!” [Boo Berry]
“I’m so handsome, all the girls will hustle with me!” [Franken Berry]
“After we learn to disco, it’s goodbye to sitting home on Saturday night!” [Count Chocula] “We will be the most popular Monsters in town!”

The four-minute adventure concludes with the ghouls winning a dance contest and Frankenberry coming away with the new moniker of Franken-Boogie.

Not wanting to be left out of the cereal box record craze, General Mills rival, Post, joined the fad as well. It’s hard to believe now, with the S-word (sugar) being almost criminal to use, that an entire brand of morning munchies featured an amped-up version of the offensive noun in its name. Super Sugar Crisp, like the Monster Cereals, had its own cast of animated cuties; the main character was a blue turtleneck sweater-wearing bear named Sugar Bear. Like any self-respecting breakfast cereal avatar, Sugar had his own band consisting of himself, Shoobee Bear, Doobee Bear, and Honey Bear. Specially marked Sugar Crisp products included several different Sugar Bear flexis. Fun fact: Honey Bear was voiced by none other than Kim Carnes, the blonde songstress who would score a No. 1 hit in 1981 with the smoky scorcher “Bette Davis Eyes.”

Sugar Sugar Crisp

In a precursor of the Olympic Games having McDonald’s as a sponsor, Kellogg’s included on specific boxes of one of their cereals a “workout” record. Kids could first gorge on a bowl of sugary deliciousness, then endeavor to feel the burn with mascot Toucan Sam. Sam’s routine consisted of putting your hands on your head, touching your toes, marching in place, touching your nose, and hopping on one foot.

Post was determined to bring the child consumer along into their tween and teen years. In a bid to expand their target audience beyond cartoon adorableness, the behemoth teamed up with some of the most popular young heartthrobs of the 1970s on several different cereal box flexi-discs. Bobby Sherman could easily be crowned the King of the Cereal Box Record, as he racked up 20 songs in total released via Post. There were four different records available, each with five tracks. Songs included “Easy Come Easy Go,” “Hey Mr. Sun, ” “La La La,” “July Seventeen,” “Bubblegum and Braces,” and “Little Woman,” and appeared across various product lines such as Cinnamon Raisin Bran and Honey-Comb.

Post continued their rock n roll partnerships with The Monkees. By 1970, the original broadcast run of the hit television series had finished, but the show was still incredibly popular. Post sponsored the Saturday morning repeats of the serial and released some of the most beloved songs by the group on the back of Frosted Rice Krinkles, Alpha-Bits, and Honey-Comb. In total, there were three different records, each with four songs, some of which became household favorites including “The Monkees Theme,” “I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone,” “Last Train To Clarksville,” and “I’m A Believer.”

Sherman and the Monkees, however, were just a build-up to what Post had up their proverbial breakfast bowl. In the early 1970s, they put out what may be the ultimate cereal box record releases: a series of flexi-discs featuring none other than The Jackson 5. Appearing on the back of Alpha-Bits, Super Sugar Crisp, and Frosted Rice Krinkles Cereals, the cut-outs included some of the Jackson 5’s biggest hits like “ABC,” “I’ll Be There,” and “Never Can Say Goodbye.” The band also appeared in advertisements for Alpha-Bits, showing them piling out of a long white convertible before spelling out words made from the cereal, the jingle an homage to the group’s huge hit “ABC.” A quick search on YouTube features a collector playing one of the 40-plus-year-old cardboard discs by the Motown stars, and it actually does not sound half bad — I am pleasantly surprised by how clear something cut out from the back of a box of cereal more than four decades ago is still audible.

For more cereal-flavored fun, check out this “Cereal Killer Soundtrack” list created by Discogs user CykoMF.

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discogs How to Make Sure Your Shipping Policies Are Complete by October 1, 2020

Beginning October 1, 2020, Shipping Policies will be a requirement for all Sellers on Discogs. If you don’t have Shipping Policies set up by October 1, or if your Shipping Policy is not “complete,” your items will appear as unavailable to some or all Buyers in the marketplace. To avoid disruptions to your store and sales, we recommend making sure your Shipping Policies are set up for all potential orders. ‘Shipping To Be Determined By Seller’ will no longer appear any in the marketplace or in the cart. 

What is a “complete” Shipping Policy?

“Complete” means that your Shipping Policy will need to have at least one shipping method to cover the possibility of all orders through your shop. Within your Shipping Policy, you can have as many methods as you like, which can be as granular as you want, but it’s essential to have at least one ‘default’ method to cover all formats with a value set for ‘and up’ (‘flat rate’ or ‘per additional’) to cover all quantities and weight ranges. This method should also be without value restrictions (e.g. ‘Order subtotal must be over/at least XX.XX’). 

There are a few different ways to ensure you’re covered for all orders:

  • Select ‘All Formats’ from the Format section on the left of your method

  • Use “and up” to apply a flat shipping rate for orders over a certain weight or quantity.

Example: €20 for orders 1,800 grams and up, $20 for 20 items and up.

  • Set the amount for shipping incrementally per each additional item or specified weight range.

Example: For orders seven items and up, it’s €5 each per two additional items, or $5 per additional 500 grams.

Any Shipping Policy that doesn’t have a method that takes into account all order possibilities will be considered incomplete and your listings for that region won’t appear in the Marketplace. If you’ve got a Shipping Policy that covers just one format or orders up to 2kg, for example, it will be considered incomplete and your items will appear as unavailable to some or all Buyers in the Marketplace after October 1. 

Check out our latest improvements to the Shipping Policy editor, which will make covering all your orders easier. Note that all Shipping Policies that were set up before the changes are available in the editor will continue to work as they do today.

What will happen if you have no Shipping Policies?

If you don’t have a Shipping Policy set up, or it doesn’t cover all your potential orders (see above), your listings will show up as unavailable in the Buyer’s region. You won’t be blocked or banned from the Marketplace, but (prospective) Buyers won’t be able to purchase from you.

Can I set up Shipping Policies for some countries and not others?

You control where you’re willing to ship to. If you’d like to only ship domestically, set up a Shipping Policy for your own country (again, make sure it covers all potential orders by format, quantity, and weight). Your listings will appear as unavailable to buyers outside of your country.

It’s the same process if you want to offer your inventory to only a handful of countries. Your listings will show up where you have complete Shipping Policies set up and will be unavailable in the countries with no Shipping Policies.

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CAS Sweat Records in Miami (Behind The Counter USA Episode 12/12)

Behind the Counter is a 12-part series taking us inside record stores of the USA.

Today we meet Lolo Reskin owner of Sweat Records in Miami. “I always wanted Miami to have this kind of record store, that’s just very for the community. Indie record shops are part of the souls of communities in a way corporate chains just can’t be.”

Behind The Counter is brought to you by Classic Album Sundays, Record Store Day & Dogfish Head Beer. A new episode will be released every Monday and Thursday leading up to Record Store Day 2020.

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CAS The Telegraph in New London, Connecticut (Behind The Counter USA Episode 11/12)

Behind the Counter is a 12-part series taking us inside record stores of the USA.

Today we meet Rich Martin owner of The Telegraph in New London “I think prefer record shopping, I think streaming is an important way of discovering music. But, they still want to feel something physical, they want to engage with their community and other people who love music and they come to a record store and get all that.”

Please note this years Record Store Day has been postponed until June 20th due to Covid-19 concerns.

Behind The Counter is brought to you by Classic Album Sundays, Record Store Day & Dogfish Head Beer. A new episode will be released every Monday and Thursday leading up to Record Store Day 2020. Get to know your local stores!

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CAS Extended Play in Delaware (Behind The Counter USA Episode 10/12)

Behind the Counter is a 12-part series taking us inside record stores of the USA.

Today we meet Jackson Beckner and Steve Fallon from Extended Play in Delaware “It’s a lot easier to talk to someone and get a recommendation on something that it is to go online and ‘I’m looking for this record and they don’t have it’ and that’s the end of my search. Where as if you go into a record store it’s like, ‘I’m looking for this record’, you might like this or this or this. Point you in a direction you may never have gone.”

Please note this years Record Store Day has been postponed until June 20th due to Covid-19 concerns.

Behind The Counter is brought to you by Classic Album Sundays, Record Store Day & Dogfish Head Beer.

A new episode will be released every Monday and Thursday leading up to Record Store Day 2020. Get to know your local stores!

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CAS Pure Pop Records in Vermont (Behind The Counter USA Episode 9/12)

Behind the Counter is a 12-part series taking us inside record stores of the USA.

Today we meet Pure Pop Records owner Mike Crandall “You walk in and you see the new release rack, it’s not going to be just like, a bunch of stuff, some corporate person said you should like, no no, this is the stuff this community likes and that’s why it’s on the new release wall”.

Please note this years Record Store Day has been postponed until June 20th due to Covid-19 concerns. Behind The Counter is brought to you by Classic Album Sundays, Record Store Day & Dogfish Head Beer.

A new episode will be released every Monday and Thursday leading up to Record Store Day 2020.

Get to know your local stores!

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CAS Newbury Comics in Boston (Behind The Counter USA Episode 8/12)

Behind the Counter is a 12-part series taking us inside record stores of the USA.

Today we meet Newbury Comics’ Marianne Murphy and Laura Espinola. “My favourite thing about working here is definitely customer related. Meeting new people that have similar interests that I do and getting to know a lot more about them, you just never know what’s going to happen.” Please note this years Record Store Day has been postponed until June 20th due to Covid-19 concerns.

Behind The Counter is brought to you by Classic Album Sundays, Record Store Day & Dogfish Head Beer. A new episode will be released every Monday and Thursday leading up to Record Store Day 2020.

Get to know your local stores!

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CAS Vintage Vinyl Records in New Jersey (Behind The Counter USA Episode 7/12)

Behind the Counter is a 12-part series taking us inside record stores of the USA.

Today we meet Vintage Vinyl Records founder Rob Roth “Having a physical piece of music whether it’s a CD to it’s vinyl, you could become emotionally attached to something that’s, you can hold it your hand.“

Please note this years Record Store Day has been postponed until June 20th due to Covid-19 concerns. Behind The Counter is brought to you by Classic Album Sundays, Record Store Day & Dogfish Head Beer. A new episode will be released every Monday and Thursday leading up to Record Store Day 2020.

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