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The organizers of Record Store Day have responded to Paul Weller’s stating he will not longer participate in the music Holiday.  Stating that the group understands his frustrations and that they monitor sites like eBay for abuses of the program, they offer little in way of consolation.  White admitting they watch for early sales and gouging by retailers, they don’t address the simplest of issues: pressing only 500 copies of his single.  While a cult figure in the states, Weller still enjoys a large following in Europe and spreading that few copies across an entire continent invites abuse.  In my earlier article I stated that 2500 copies of a Christian Death 7″ is highly questionable, but so is limiting a release to 500.  While the organizers can’t really do anything about the general public reselling titles, they claim to eliminate retail accounts that participate in unauthorized sales will be banned by the group.

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Paul Weller, formerly of the English group The Jam, has released a statement that he will never participate in in Record Store Day again.  While not a metal artist, which is what I usually cover, The Jam were essentially the punk answer to The Who.  I wrote a piece last week covering the negative impact the current incarnation of the “Holiday” has on independent retailers, but Paul comments on the seedier side of the event.  He states:

 

A MESSAGE FROM PAUL TO HIS FANS ABOUT RECORD STORE DAY

This is a message to all the fans who couldn’t get the new vinyl single on Record Store Day and/or paid a lot of money for a copy on eBay.
I agree with all of you who have sent messages expressing your anger and disappointment at the exploitation of these “limited editions” by touts.

Apart from making the record, the rest has very little to do with me but I am disheartened by the whole thing and unfortunately I won’t be taking part in Record Store Day again.

It’s such a shame because as you know I am a big supporter of independent record stores but the greedy touts making a fast buck off genuine fans is disgusting and goes against the whole philosophy of RSD.

There were copies of my single on eBay the day before Record Store Day and I’ve heard stories of people queuing outside their local record shop only to be told there were none left at opening time!

It only takes a few to spoil a wonderful concept for everyone else. Shame on those touts.

Don’t support their trade and don’t let them use Record Store Day to ruin the very thing it’s designed to support.

Onwards. PW

 

So this is the first major artist to speak out against RSD.  Will others follow suit?  I don’t know, but as I stated in my original article, something needs to change.  I hope the labels take notice of Paul’s stance and do something to improve what should be a music fan’s paradise.

 

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