The rise of digital media has finally, but sadly, taken its toll on Columbia House. The mail-order music club that once raked in as much as $1.4 billion in sales during its peak in the mid-’90s is calling it quits for good. Its parent company, Filmed Entertainment. Inc., officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week.
They just now folded?! What the hell have they been doing for the last 15 years?! The idea of Columbia House in theory seems great (well, until mp3’s came along). But their problem was security. Any 12 year old kid could sneak into mommy’s purse and grab a credit card or 3. I’m sure most of us have done this to Columbia House and/or BMG. But then nothing happened, you just ended up with a shit ton of CDs. Those were the days.
I can thank Columbia House for Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Soul Asylum, Boyz II Men, Billy Joel, Alanis Morrisette, Aerosmith’s Get A Grip, Blind Melon and possibly even a few Nirvana albums. Got any Columbia House memories?