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Hootie and the Blowfish's Cracked Rear View becomes first album to hit platinum on thrift store charts

Jagged Little Pill is hot on its heels.
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Compacted Discs, the industry magazine of thrift store music sales, has announced in their latest issue that a new pinnacle has been reached in the field of secondary-market CD sales — Hootie and the Blowfish's 1994 debut Cracked Rear View is the first album to sell 1,000,000 CDs at thrift stores around the country, going to platinum in Canada.

Also racing up the charts, according to Kylie Stoneman, editor of the magazine, are No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom, Alanis Morrisette's Jagged Little Pill, Kim Mitchell's Akimbo Alogo, the first Big Shiny Tunes, and the Tragically Hip's Day For Night, along with "whichever album you're thinking of. If you're thinking of it, and you've seen it there all the time, it's probably doing pretty well in the charts too. Yes, that one you're thinking of for sure."

"Even though it's ska."

Stoneman seeks to dispel some possible preconceptions about an album's place in the thrift store charts.

"An album reaching the top of our charts doesn't necessarily mean it's bad," he says. "In fact it often means quite the opposite."

"Remember, a ton of people have to have purchased it in the first place in order to end up on the consignment store shelves. It's just a numbers game at that point. We're not often going to see an album here that sold five copies."

"Also, items need to reach a certain standard, to be sold in these stores. Not just anything is accepted — we wouldn't sell a torn shirt, a non-working iron, or that Velvet Underground album that Lou Reed wasn't on."

Darius Rucker, the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish (and not named Hootie, contrary to continued rumour), could not be reached for comment, though Stoneman says he's sure they consider it an honour to reach platinum in any venue.

"One might say plaid-inum," he says, "as a joke, given the sort of clothing you sometimes find in these stores. I wouldn't, but one certainly might. make that joke."

Lastly, Stoneman says he hopes that this achievement by the band shows that even when cast side, things can continue to grow and appreciate.

"For instance, Cracked Rear View was released in 1994, and yet it was the best-selling album of 1995. So if it can grow that way, and then continue to grow now, there's hope for us all."

"And for the paisley shirt that I just dropped off at my local thrift store and which they're selling for $2.99 but I'm pretty sure will go up once they realize it's value, it's really nice actually."

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About the Author

Jeremy has been a staff writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, performed stand-up comedy at the Just For Laughs and Winnipeg Comedy Festivals, and co-created/stars in the popular video series The Urbane Explorer/Finding Bessarion. A 3x Canadian Comedy Award–winner and published humour columnist, he also wrote your favourite joke, the one about the fish trying to get a job at a bank.