The Psychedelic Furs: Dumb Waiters / Dash

Format: 7″ w/flexi attached to sleeve

Country: UK

Label: CBS

Year: 1981

Price paid: $4

Purchased at: The Bop Shop, Rochester NY

Here’s a weird one, I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

In the sleeve is your standard 7″ vinyl record. The sleeve itself is that thicker cardboard-type you see with British 7″ sleeves of this period… except it has a flexi disc GLUED onto the front. And a hole that goes all the way through the sleeve so you can put the whole affair on your turntable and play it. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m guessing it won’t play very well due to the uneven weight. A+ for creative packaging though!

Wiki has this to say about the flexi- ‘To help promote the band’s Talk Talk Talk album, the UK single for “Dumb Waiters” was packaged in an embossed plastic sleeve, playable at 33-1/3 rpm on a turntable, which contains a track with excerpts from the songs “Into You Like a Train”, “I Wanna Sleep With You” and “Pretty in Pink”. Singer Richard Butler opens the track by saying “This is a Psychedelic Furs commercial. Buy Talk Talk Talk”.’

The single reached #59 on the UK charts.

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