December 24, 2014

A Different Drum Update - Thanks for Everything!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 7:48 am

Well, friends of A Different Drum.  This is Todd just wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Thanks for your support of A Different Drum through the years!  It has been a fun and unforgettable experience!

The store at will have about 1 more week of operation before it closes.  It is still set to deduct 40% from your purchase total during checkout.  If there is anything left that you’d like to grab, then do so ASAP.  After next week, any remaining inventory will eventually be sold on EBay.

Thanks Again!  Keep in touch!

November 12, 2014

A Different Drum Clearance Sale - Now 40% OFF!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 9:23 am

This is Todd at A Different Drum.  The clearance sale on A Different Drum’s website is now at 40% OFF!  The sale discount appears after you proceed to checkout.  This is the final discount before the online store closes, and it will last until the end of December.  Once items are sold out, then they will not be restocked.  Anything you purchase that is sold out by the time I process your order will be refunded.

Thanks again for your support of and my efforts over the years to keep synthpop available to some degree for the fans.

After this final sale, the website store will be closed and any remaining inventory will appear from time to time on my EBay page for those who are searching.  My Ebay listings can be found here (which included many non-music items at the moment, for the holidays):

I’m also interested to know if any if you who read this update actually have every CD in A Different Drum’s label catalog?  I know there are a couple of you out there who have tried to collect them all over the years.  If you have a collection of the entire label catalog, or you are close to having them all, I wouldn’t mind hearing from you.  This is purely out of my own, personal curiosity.


October 23, 2014

A Different Drum Update - Clearance Now 30% Off

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 10:48 am

This is Todd at A Different Drum, just sending out a quick notice to let you know that the online store clearance is now set to 30% off items in stock.  That discount will show in your shopping cart AFTER you proceed to checkout.

Also, I’ve listed 3 more of the 30-CD bulk lots on EBay which include a mix of synthpop (mostly new CD’s) with a mix of other mainstream and promo USED CD’s.  So, you get a bit of everything with those.  You can see them on my EBay site, though you’ll currently have to scroll past some other auctions for toys and collectibles:

The CD listings are at the end.

Thanks for those who have participated in the clearance program so far!  Many items have sold out already.


October 2, 2014

A Different Drum Update - 10/2/2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 7:48 pm

Hello! This is Todd at A Different Drum.  I just want to announce that the website clearance sale continues.  The discount is now at 25%.  That discount is reflected in the price during checkout (not while browsing the page).  I sold out of several items in the first wave, so lets see what else I can move at this rate.

The pre-orders for the De/Vision DVD that I announced in the last update is over. I’ll be getting those soon and will send them to those who pre-ordered.

If you are interested in CD bulk lots, remember that I list them from time to time here:

Those lots usually include about 50% synthpop, and 50% other random, used CD’s.  So, it’s not for everybody.  Just for the adventurous!


September 11, 2014


Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 5:04 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum!  This is Todd with a little update.  Well…it’s a little update, but the news might seem a little bit big.  Sorry I’ve been silence for several weeks.

As you know, A Different Drum stopped being my full-time job a few years ago and has only been a hobby that I have kept alive on the side for a while, though it has not been a profitable business for a long time.  I’ve kept it alive out of a love of the music and the artists I’ve been privileged to work with for twenty years.

As my children have grown and my life’s focuses have had to change, I have had to think a lot about what I want to do with A Different Drum.  It has been such a big part of my life for so long that it feels like a child in itself. As you’ve noticed, I’ve trimmed my online store selections down to a trickle, while focusing my attention on the unique, limited edition releases through A Different Drum’s VIP program. I’ve decided that this transition will become complete before 2014 is over.

So… will cease to exist as an online store by the end of the year. I’ve had a great time running the mail-order for many years, but time no longer permits me to do so as I turn my attention to other endeavors which I hope can ultimately provide me with a living (that is, after all, very important).

I have quite a bit of inventory still on hand, and from this point, that inventory will be liquidated at a huge discount, by degrees. I will begin by placing a 20% discount on the website for two or three weeks.  Then I will take what remains and increase the discount for a while, etc.  If you want to wait for a deeper discount, that is fine, but realize that any item which sells out will not be restocked and you will have missed your chance.  So, maybe order what you want most at an earlier date, and then wait for other items to see if they go lower.  It’s up to you.

The 20% discount will show up in the shopping cart once you proceed to checkout!  You will see the regular prices listed while shopping.

Because the website is programmed to exclude the newest releases, there may be a couple items which do not discount, which includes this one:

De/Vision “25 Years - Best Of Tour 2013″ DVD $18
Click here to see the tracks and pre-order if you want one:

Since A Different Drum’s early days include De/Vision as a key part of the label and store, I still think it is cool to offer their latest DVD for anybody who wants to pick it up.  I will only order as many as I need to fill orders placed during the next two weeks, so pre-order one ASAP if you want it.  Again, these will ship once I have them, and I will not order extras.

MY EBAY AUCTIONS of bulk CD’s will continue in the ongoing weeks.  Watch here for those EBay auctions:

Once again I give a heartfelt “THANK YOU” to all of you who have been a huge part of A Different Drum and of my life for so long! It has been a wonderful journey!


The VIP Subscriptions are continuing as planned. The above announcement is concerning A Different Drum’s online store.  As VIP subscribers, you have received the limited edition releases without needing to order them through the store, and you will continue to get them in the mail.

The VIP Subscribers are very special to me because they are the die-hard fans and collectors who have allowed A Different Drum to release new music for the last three years.  They’ve purchased many releases in advance, without even knowing what was to come, just because they wanted to support new synthpop artists, and that is an amazing thing to realize! Many CD’s exist in physical format because of these few people true fans, so thanks!  I will probably make some more of those unique, EBay offers to the VIP’s even while the clearance is continuing. As deserved, you should have first shot at the good deals.

Todd Durrant

PS.  If there is anybody out there who feels like they want to take on the mantle of A Different Drum’s online store, then feel free to email me. I guess I should keep that possibility open, for what it is worth :-)

July 17, 2014

A Different Drum Update - 7/17/2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 12:46 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum.  This is Todd, writing to you with a couple new CD’s available for synthpop fans and collectors to order…

AND FINALLY “Heartbreak Empire” $10 — I just picked up a few of this new album from the band in Spain.  It’s really well produced with a nice blend of male and female vocals, with a slightly edgy sound that I enjoy.  You can listen to a couple of songs and order the CD here:

Marcos Zaldano “Fantastico” (Rename CDR Promo) $8 — I have another very limited edition promo featuring two remixes by Rename of Marcos Zaldano’s “Fantastico”.  There are only 20 of these limited promo CDR’s wordwide.  Pick one up here:

And now, for this week’s EBay CD bundle offer…there are 9 CD’s in this offer if you are interested:

Thanks for reading this short update, and thanks for your support, as I keep A Different Drum moving along with these occasional, unique offers.


June 12, 2014

A Different Drum Update - June 12th, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 1:21 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum!  This is Todd with a little update for you.  I have a couple of new releases in the store that might interest you, plus a special, pre-order if you’re a fan of Space March.


Electro Planet “Way to the Planet” $15 — This new Russian import features a nice collection of old-school, melodic synthpop to keep you dancing and singing along.  Listen to the album sampler and order the CD here:

Rename “Extra Bounce 2″ $24 — This is an ultra-limited collection of rare tracks by Rename, including demos, remixes, etc.  There are only 55 numbered copies in the world.  You can see the complete track list and purchase one of the few CD’s that I have here:


Space March “It Must Be Obvious” $18 — This is a very limited edition release from Australia’s synthpop act, Space March.  It features cover versions of songs that have inspired the band through the years, including interpretations of Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, etc.  I’m only able to bring a few numbered copies to the fans who order through A Different Drum.  So, place your order as quickly as possible and I’ll reserve one for you.  This is a pre-order and will be shipped once the ordered copies arrive from the band.  Pre-order here:


If you are a VIP Subscriber, then you should have received (or will receive very soon) the latest package of limited edition releases by Vaylon and The Jellyrox.   The next 2-pack is in the works.  Thanks for your support!



May 16, 2014

A Different Drum Update - May 16th, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 2:41 pm

Hello, this is Todd from A Different Drum!  It’s time for another email update.  I’m sorry that it has been a long time since I included another installation of A Different Drum’s history. My time has been very limited this year with other responsibilities that I have.  I hope to get back to it some day!

For now, there are two new releases in the online store that I wish to mention, plus a couple cool EBay auctions:


My Woshin Mashin “To My Friends” $14 — This cool, imported release is from a fun synthpop band with a lot of attitude and quirky tunes.  I sold a few of their limited edition EP which definitely introduced their sound well, though this full-length album is a bit more song oriented, and not quite as humorous.  Watch a couple of the music videos and order the CD here:

Huminoida “Intoxicating Spring” (limited edition 10-inch vinyl + CD) $16 — This is the new release from Finland’s Huminoida, a band featuring Kimmo K. on vocals, who was the vocalist for Neuroactive for a few years.  This limited edition features a 10-inch transparent vinyl (very cool) plus a CD.  There are only 200 in the world, and each is numbered.  I still have a copy of the last 10-inch vinyl by Huminoida in stock as well, for those of you who missed out last time.  Check out the audio sample and order here:


This week I have two special auctions.  One includes 6 out-of-print CD’s from A Different Drum’s label, and the other is the largest bulk lot I’ve featured on EBay in a very long time…including 79 CD’s from A Different Drum’s label plus a few imports included.

Here is the listing for the out-of-print pack:

Here is the listing for the 79-CD bulk lot:

Thanks for your support, and I hope you have a wonderful month of May!

April 26, 2014

A Different Drum Update - April 26th, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 5:15 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum!  I’m happy to touch bases with you and let you know that there are a couple fun, new releases that arrived in the store this week.  Plus, as is becoming a tradition, there are a couple of bulk CD offers through EBay this week which might interest you.


Fred Ventura and Paolo Gozzetti “ItaloConnection” $16 — This is a rare, Italo Disco / Synthpop classic that is finally released with extra tracks on CD to make a 10-track album.  Fans of classic electronic pop will love adding this to their collection.  This is old-school at it’s finest.  Listen to a song and order the CD here:

Bellatrix “Transmission” $16 — This is a new act in the “spacesynth” scene, playing bouncy, melodic synthesizer music that takes cues from the classic synthesizer’s of the 80’s as well as blending in futuristic themes.  Check out a sample and order the CD here:


Here is a box lot of 17 CD’s plus a t-shirt, including both imports and US releases:

Here is another box lot of 17 CD’s from around the world, plus a t-shirt:

Thanks for your support, and I hope to have a couple more fun releases for you soon!

April 3, 2014

A Different Drum Update - April 3rd, 2014 - Sale!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Todd @ 4:43 pm

Hello friends of A Different Drum!  Alas, spring is here!  Where I live, spring usually means that one day it is sunny and warm, but the next is rainy or snowy.  People around here say, “if you don’t like the weather right now, just wait a few minutes.”
With the coming of spring in the USA, it also means that it is time for me to frantically put together and file my taxes.  Yikes!  I never seem to have the time, but it must be done.  With taxes, that traditionally means it’s time for A Different Drum’s tax sale!  So, you can now get a 20% discount on your entire order (excluding new releases).  You’ll see the discount applied to your shopping cart once you checkout.  This sale will be running for a couple of weeks.  I want to emphasize that since I’m thinning out my inventory as quickly as possible, there will NOT be any back-orders once a CD sells out.  I’ll simply refund any CD that I can’t ship to you, and the sold-out item will be removed from the catalog.
Along with the 20% off sale, I’ve listed three small auctions on EBay, if you want to take advantage of the deals.  I’ll just put the links here:
Small T-shirt + 4 CD Deal:
Large T-shirt + 4 CD Deal:
9 CD Deal :

I still have some of those $5 CD imports that I mentioned last time, including several CD’s by 3 Cold Men and Florence Foster Fanclub.  Take advantage of the low, clearance prices!

Thanks for your support!

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