Mike Adams

Straight to Hell, by Hank Williams III. Hank III is probably the best of the present generation of country singers. The songs “Country Heroes” and “Low Down” are among my favorites on this 2006 release. And the title should serve as a reminder that if you don’t add more country to your music section, your profits next quarter are going straight to hell.

Good Times, by Charlie Robison. On this 2004 disk, Charlie has a song called “Always,” which features the following line: “Well believe me when I tell you that this old world is flat. ‘Cause I can always see you no matter where I’m at.” Tell me that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye faster than a tune by Ricky Martin? Where’s the justice in this?

40 #1 Hits, by Merle Haggard. Speaking of justice, you can’t appreciate the greatness of prisoner-turned-country-legend Merle Haggard without a good overview of his chart toppers. Songs like “The fightin’ side of me” are as relevant today as they were a third of a century ago. If you want a smaller dose of Haggard, I would recommend stocking the classic “Big City,” better known to some of your customers as “Ciudad Grande.”

The Essential David Allan Coe, by David Allan Coe. My favorite song on this disk is “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile.” In case you were wondering, she lost her smile for two reasons. First, the CMA has never given Coe the respect that he deserves. Second, you can hardly find any David Allan Coe CDs at Circuit City in Wilmington. And that isn’t anything to smile about.

Turn Back the Years – The Essential Hank Williams Collection, by Hank Williams. There are a lot of Hank collections out there but this is the best. Rather than listing his hits chronologically, this 2005 three-disk release groups the songs thematically. For example, the first disk “Honky Tonkin’” features barroom classics like “Moanin’ the Blues,” which is exactly what Circuit City will be doing if they don’t stock up on this one soon.

So, there you have it, Circuit City. I’ve articulated – loudly, clearly, and best of all, in English - my problem with your business. I’ve also articulated a solution. As the late, great Hank Williams would say “Yer gonna change, or I’m a-gonna leave.”

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.