Helpless Dancer

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Blast From The Past – EMI Record Tokens

Despite much effort I have been unable to source a picture of an EMI Record Token.

People of my age who were music buyers will remember these well as they were always the opt out option for aunties and grannies who knew not what to buy you for your Birthday or Christmas present.

Getting them for a Christmas present I always found to be frustrating as for weeks afterward record shops were devoid of stock that you might actually want to buy with them.

The scrapping of EMI’s National Record Token Scheme was a huge own goal for the retailers as the scheme enabled your distant granny in Lands End to sent you a voucher as a present to Aberdeen where you could spend it in a variety of record stores thus actually receiving a present you wanted.

It was good old WH Smith who started the downfall by withdrawing from the scheme in 1995 and introducing their own voucher which could only be redeemed in their outlets. Given their shop in every big town they probably found out that whilst grannies from across the country were buying EMI Tokens from them fw were being redeemed given your average record buyer had better taste than WH Smith could offer.

When HMV jumped on the same bandwagon the days of the good old EMI Record Token were numbered.

“Man In The Corner Shop” – The Jam

Puts up the closed sign does the man in the corner shop
Serves his last then he says goodbye to him
He knows it is a hard life
But its nice to be your own boss really
Walks off home does the last customer
He is jealous of the man in the corner shop
He is sick of working at the factory
Says it must be nice to be your own boss (really)

Sells cigars to the boss from the factory
He is jealous is the man in the corner shop
He is sick of struggling so hard
Says it must be nice to own a factory

Go to church do the people from the area
All shapes and classes sit and pray together
For here they are all one
For God created all men equal

To buy the music of The Jam click HERE

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April 20, 2010 - Posted by | Blast from The Past, Educational, Interesting Fact, Old Music | ,

8 Comments »

  1. I have an EMI record token that I forgot to redeem.
    There is a £5 token and a £2 token stuck in a greetings card. I could send you a photo of it if you want.
    John

    Comment by John Cooper | July 6, 2010 | Reply

    • Sorry John must have missed your reply at the time.

      A copy of the photo would be nice.

      Thanks for dropping in.

      HD

      Comment by thehelplessdancer | September 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. I am sorry to say that I too have four £5 EMI record tokens that I neglected to cash in! I take it that they are now useless?

    Comment by Lyn | September 20, 2010 | Reply

    • You can’t buy records with them but I am sure some “collector” would give you something for them.

      Thanks for dropping in.

      HD

      Comment by thehelplessdancer | September 20, 2010 | Reply

      • Where we would find a “collector”? I also have some

        Comment by Cathy | October 12, 2010

      • Thanks for dropping in.

        Perhaps you could advertise on eBay and see if anyone bites.

        HD

        Comment by thehelplessdancer | October 12, 2010

  3. One picture of a record token. This one’s nearly 20 years old.

    I was wondering what to do with this (and one or two others I’ve got lying around). Shame they’re no longer valid, but I might, as you suggested, try the eBay route.

    Comment by David Brider | October 17, 2010 | Reply

  4. (link – got stripped from the last comment)

    Comment by David Brider | October 17, 2010 | Reply


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