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.
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.