Thursday, February 21, 2008

Argos angry at enforced sales

Eddie Argos and his gang have released a single. Apparently without knowing it, according to the Art Brut website:

Attention, the Internet!! It seems Art Brut have accidentally released a single. Yes, the rumours are true. But how could this happen, you may ask? Why were we not informed? Why was it not available in my local record shack, thrust pride of place along side the latest View recording? Well, my friends, pick up any thread of incompetence and it will usually lead you to a record company. That's right, it seems EMI have decided to release Pump Up the Volume without informing either the band or myself, making any kind of wide scale promotion rather difficult. Adding to this curious new marketing stratagem of discouraging sales, EMI have chosen to make the song available via download only. So no luck in the record shacks either.

However, there is a video! Again, curious, as it is accompanied by what could quite possibly be the opposite of marketing but nevertheless it is available for your viewing pleasure. Recorded live for Australian television, no less.

Of course, the record labels only do what they do in the artist's best interests. It now turns out not only do the artists not know what's best for themselves, but they don't even need to be told what's happening to them.


Peter said...

Maybe they did inform them, but as it didnt mention the US Eddie didnt give a toss.

mat said...

But as it was already available to buy as a download, wasn't it, as it was on the album? So in what sense has it been "released" as a "single"? I don't understand anything any more.

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