Record Industry Blues

I got in this evening. I went looking for Andrew Weatherall’s remix of Wild Eyed by The Horrors. I was prepared to pay for it. After a little searching I ended up thinking ‘Is it any wonder the record industry is on it’s arse?’

The only place you can buy the track is as part of the iTunes version of the album Skying. It’s there, but you can’t buy it as a separate track, only as part of the US version of the album, at a cost £7.99. Thing is, I’ve already bought Skying in a physical format and it cost more than £7.99, which is what the record industry wants isn’t it? I didn’t download it illegally. I paid money for it, in a record shop. Old fashioned I know but there you go. If I want the Weatherall remix I’ve got to buy the whole album again. And this isn’t one of the majors, this is XL who like to dine out on being a credible, cutting edge little guy. At the moment I still don’t have it, as I haven’t found an illegal download either. So what do they want- sales which rip off the niche band fan or illegal downloads? I suppose I could just stop being a Weatherall completist but it’s a habit that’s a little ingrained by now. In the spirit of the whole thing, no music with this post. But if and when I find the song, I’ll let you have it too.