Back when music came on boxes and plastic sheets
A short history of a nearly dead format
We told you about the Buck Owens flexi-discs that were part of the promotion for Record Store Day this year. A lot of younger fans probably don’t know much about flexi-discs, but everyone from The Archies to Eric Clapton used to include them on anything from cereal boxes to magazines. They were floppy, you had to put them on a turntable and hold them down with a couple of nickels to get them to play, and the sound ranged from good (flexis) to terrible (the ones cut off of cereal boxes).
But here to give us a refresher course and some rare sounds is the Internet Museum of Flexi /Cardboard/Oddity Records. Not only have they found some insane flexis, they've put up sound samples of a bunch of them. Check them all out at the link above, but here are some highlights.
For starters, here's R.E.M.'s somewhat-rare version of Syd Barrett’s “Dark Globe” from Sassy Magazine.
The recently deceased Dick Clark lives on in a flexi where he talks about the acts that appeared on "American Bandstand" (and let's refrain from any "hole in the head" jokes).
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