Listen to 405 Radio
Paul Weller is done with Record Store Day

Paul Weller is done with Record Store Day

by Peter Hinson, 22 April 2014

There's been a lot of negativity coming out of Record Store Day this year. The event has steadily been increasing in popularity since being established in 2007, but it seems to be approaching a tipping point, and for one artist it already has. Paul Weller released, 'Brand New Toy', a limited 7" single for the event this year, and he's not happy with how it turned it judging from a letter he's posted on his official website.

After announcing he'll never participate in the event again, Weller's complaints aren't all that different to criticisms you've probably heard bouncing around the last few days. He takes aim at public enemy number one of general Record Store Day attendees; the tout. The people who were somehow selling copies of exclusive stuff online before the store's had even opened on Saturday morning, or showed up super early to grab fistfuls of stuff to flip on eBay and Discogs.

"It only takes a few to spoil a wonderful concept for everyone else". He's not wrong.

Read the full letter below.

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

PS. I'd like to say thank you for all the positive, supportive comments on our privacy case recently. Bless ya.

Correction: We originally stated that 'Flame/Out' was Weller's 2014 release, when in fact it was his release from 2013.

Related Posts

  • Arctic Monkeys // Announce New Single

    Arctic Monkeys // Announce New Single

    by Thomas Mews

    On April 16th Arctic Monkeys will release ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’, the first single to be taken from their new album Suck It and See. The single will be release on April 16th on exclusive white label 7” along with other album track ‘Brick By Brick’ in support of Record Store Day. The track will also be released digitally on April 11th. Moreover, the single will also be made available on 7”, 10” and as a digital bundle on Monday ... (continued) [read more]

  • David Lynch releases 'Noah's Ark (Moby remix)' vinyl for Record Store Day

    David Lynch releases 'Noah's Ark (Moby remix)' vinyl for Record Store Day

    by Katie Carroll

    Listen to the remix, produced exclusively for Record Store Day and the independent music retail community. [read more]

  • Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year revealed

    Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year revealed

    by The 405

    It's that time again. Yes, the ever controversial, 'but why didn't such and such make the list', Mercury Prize short-list has been announced. The 2010 Albums of the Year are: Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions Corinne Bailey - Rae The Sea Dizzee Rascal - Tongue N' Cheek Foals - Total Life Forever I Am Kloot - Sky At Night Kit Downes - Trio Golden Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More Paul Weller - Wake Up the Nation The xx - xx Villagers ... (continued) [read more]

  • M83 to release Record Store Day 7"

    M83 to release Record Store Day 7"

    by The 405 News Team

    M83 have announced they'll be releasing a limited edition 7" for Record Store Day. [read more]


Follow Us

Recommended Posts

Popular Posts

Mailing List

Sign up to our weekly mailing list.

Around The Web