I Second That Promotion
- 18 Mar 08, 11:47 PM
I’m just back from London where I was combining business with a little recreation. As ever, I was constantly looking up the A-Z directory to get my bearings on the place. Not your average A-Z, mind. I was using my Fleetwood Mac, ‘Everywhere’ guide.
This is not an item that you’ll find in any shop. It was issued by Warners as a promotional item in 1988 to alert the privileged media people that an important single was on the schedules. And so a few hundred of these pieces were mailed out to radio producers, journalists and TV executives. And since I was in the record company press office at the time, I was allowed one for myself.
It’s one of the few bits of promo that I’ve kept from that era. I’ve somehow lost the Ah-Ha ‘Stay On These Roads’ car maintenance set. And I fear that the Debbie Gibson ‘Shake Your Love’ cocktail shaker has also gone missing. Mind you, a metal container with the singer’s name on it looks more like a funeral urn than anything else. Debbie Gibson came into the office with her mother a few times. A peculiar double act, let me say. Frankly I was much more excited about Prince protégée Taja Sevelle. She was big in Warner world back then with ‘Love Is Contagious’ and actually, I was severely smitten. Perhaps I should have suggested a promotional surgical mask...
Anyway, it was the age of the record company freebie. In my journalistic capacity I was wooed by countless T-shirts, jackets and even Filofaxes. I had monogrammed pyjamas, fluffy toys and leather bags. I wouldn’t like to think that any of this had influenced my reviews in the slightest. Although I still have my Thin Lizzy, ‘Whisky In The Jar’ bottle of the actual hard stuff. A shame they couldn’t actually spell the single title correctly, but who needs accuracy when the marketing department is cranking out the hits?
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