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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.

 

Credit:  VVN

–Brain Trust–

 

Here the list of titles for all of you metal heads to pick up tomorrow.  While some of you are out doing that I’ll be in bed still.  Rock on.

 

–Brain Trust–

 

††† (Crosses), ‘One’ — RSD Limited Run
††† (Crosses), ‘Three’ — RSD Limited Run
††† (Crosses), ‘Two’ — RSD Limited Run
311, ’311′ — RSD First Release
311, ‘Evolver’ — RSD First Release
Aerosmith, ‘Draw the Line’ — RSD First Release
Aerosmith, ‘Night in the Ruts’ — RSD First Release
Aerosmith, ‘Rock in a Hard Place’ — RSD First Release
Between the Buried and Me, ‘Colors_Live’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Cage the Elephant, ‘Take It or Leave It’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Cake, ‘Vinyl Box Set’ — RSD Limited Run
Cancerous Growth, ‘Cancer Causing Agents: A Cancerous Growth Discography’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Chiodos, ‘R2ME2 / Let Me Get You a Towel’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Christian Death, ‘The Edward Colver Edition’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Clutch / Lionize, ‘Split 7′ — RSD Exclusive Release
Die Kreuzen, ‘Cows and Beers 12″‘ — RSD Limited Run
Die Kreuzen, ‘Cows and Beers’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Dinosaur, Jr., ‘Visitors’ — RSD First Release
Dream Theater, ‘Illumination Theory’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Fishbone, ‘Fishbone’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Five Finger Death Punch, ‘Purgatory: Tales from the Pit’ — RSD Limited Run
Ghoul, ‘Hang Ten’ — RSD Limited Run
Gojira, ‘The Way of All Flesh’ — RSD Limited Run
Green Day, ‘Demolicious’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Husker Du, ‘Candy Apple Grey’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Khlyst, ‘Chaos is My Name’ — RSD First Release
Korn, ‘The Paradigm Shift Picture Disc’ — RSD Limited Run
Machine Head, ‘A New Machine’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Mastodon, ‘Live at Brixton’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Middle Class Rut, ‘Factories & Indians’ — RSD Limited Run
Motorhead, ‘Aftershock’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Mudhoney, ‘On Top’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Nirvana, ‘Pennyroyal Tea’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Opeth, ‘Watershed’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Poison Idea / Pantera, ‘The Badge’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Slipknot, ‘Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Soundgarden, ‘Superunknown: The Singles’ — RSD Exclusive Release
The Pogues, ‘Live with Joe Strummer’ — RSD Exclusive Release
The Ramones, ‘Meltdown with the Ramones’ — RSD Exclusive Release
The Sonics / Mudhoney, ‘Bad Betty / I Like it Small’ — RSD Limited Run
The Stranglers, ‘Peaches / Go Buddy Go’ — RSD Limited Run
The Velvet Underground, ‘Loaded’ — RSD Exclusive Release
Toxic Reasons, ‘Ghost Town’ — RSD Limited Run
Toxic Reasons, ‘Live Berkeley Square: December 1981′ — RSD Limited Run
Toxic Reasons, ‘War Hero’ — RSD Limited Run
Type O Negative, ‘Slow, Deep and Hard’ — RSD Exclusive Release