One of the most rubbish things about compact discs is their frankly boring anonymity. With records, they could come in a multitude of colours, shapes and styles to brighten up any turntable. With CDs, it’s a uniform silver where any artwork to separate it from the herd is buries within the apparatus of the CD player itself. Where’s the fun in that? There was a spate of shaped CDs in the early ’90s, but the accompanying warnings that such discs could destroy your equipment soon put paid to that as something that anyone would actually want.
So it comes across as somewhat cheeky that this 1994 Imaginary Records compilation proudly sells itself as coming on a Picture CD, even if the picture in question – a Warholesque rendition of tragic Carry On! star Kenneth Williams – is a bit of a corker.