Posted by: Nathan | June 3, 2006

Cheapo My Goodness!

After the poll was taken and U2 declared the winner, I knew I had to make a trip to my local CD emporium to purchase Achtung Baby, though I must say that if vehemence counted for extra votes, Goo Goo Dolls would’ve won in a landslide due to Dan and Jason’s raining hate on Bono and the boys. Calm down, you guys.

I hadn’t been to Cheapo before, though my brother recommended it to me highly, so I tracked it down and drove out there. Oh man. I think I ended up staying there for two hours, and I came home with six discs and left many more behind that I wanted. Cheapo, I love you.

L’il Bro, you were right: it is like a treasure hunt. I sifted through three racks of new arrivals, and it was crazy. There were hundreds of CDs and artists I’d never heard of, and then there would be one that I always kinda wanted so I’d pick it up, only to find the one that I really wanted farther down the line. All the while, I ran into a lot of my absolute favorite albums, the mountains and oceans of my soundscape, and I thought, “How could anyone sell this?” Sitting around for $5 or $6 were Dave Matthews Band’s Crash and Under the Table and Dreaming, Sarah McLachlan’s Surfacing, Jars of Clay’s self-titled, Wallflowers’ Bringing Down the Horse, U2’s Joshua Tree, Nickel Creek’s This Side and lots of others.

I found R.E.M.’s Monster right away, but then found a non-scuffed version. I knew I was taking that home, vote be danged. Then I located New Adventures in Hi-Fi, and decided that now I really needed to find other artists; R.E.M. is the perfect band to get at Cheapo because they have a ton of albums, and their work is always experimental. I had to go to the sorted racks to find Goo Goo Doll’s Gutterflower for $7, then it was back to the miscellaneous where I located Achtung Baby–I am a man of my word. I also picked up Death Cab for Cutie’s Transatlanticism and Enya’s Greatest Hits for J; she was pleased.

Sadly, I had to leave so many wanted discs behind. Jars of Clay’s Much Afraid was available for $5, and U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb was there for $6. I decided to leave Bomb until I knew the band a little better; I’ll come back for Jars later. Intermingled with lesser albums I also stumbled upon Turnstiles–the Billy Joel album I really want. It got the axe because I knew most of the songs on it, but I’ll be back, Billy, you can count on it!!

There were also all those bands that I kind of liked and sort of thought about maybe getting but never did, e.g. Green Day, Fuel, Collective Soul, and Soundgarden. I may yet have to get Soundgarden’s A-Sides; I mean, “Black Hole Sun, ” “Spoonman,” “The Day I Tried to Live,” “Fell on Black Days,” and others all on the same disc?

I walked away with a CD from each of the bands that was up for election and two for J all for about $40. Sweet! Now, dear reader, do not think that the vote was all for nought. I hear what you’re thinking, “He was just going to buy whatever he wanted no matter what we decided on!” Well, it’s just not true. If it weren’t for Cheapo, U2 would’ve been the only purchase that day, but oh, Cheapo, how could I say no?


  1. You can’t say no to deals like that. Happy listening!

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