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Singles Incentives, Rank Outsiders

Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1990

SO, FAREWELL – to the Fine Young Cannibals single in a tin, to the Eurythmics in a wooden casket, and to Eric Clapton in a "collectors' edition boxed set" including 'I Shot The Sheriff' (live), two colour postcards and the Pete Frame family tree. And farewell to 'Waterfront' on special offer with a "behind-the-scenes wall chart compiled from Chris arid Phil's private photo collection", to Roger Christian's CD single in a style-free plastic gatefold, and, not sadly, to 'Violence' in a sick bag adorned with "realistic" fake vomit. In fact, farewell to the grand parade of lifeless packaging.

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