Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde wasn’t told about the group’s Record Store Day releases
“Would be nice to have known about it.”
Record Store Day is reissuing two of the Cocteau Twins’ final albums this year – 1993’s Four-Calendar Café and 1996’s Milk & Kisses – but the band’s Simon Raymonde says he knew nothing about the releases.
Writing in a Facebook post on Tuesday (March 21), the Bella Union boss said: “I was surprised to read today that two of my band (Cocteau Twins)’s albums… are to be released on vinyl on RSD 17?”
He added: “Would be nice to have known about it, but I would like to at least receive copies of it.”
Raymonde later clarified in an email to Pitchfork that he “was not seeking sympathy or an online spat,” but rather “simply expressing surprise that such extravagant packages could be put together without some input from at least two of the protagonists.”
He continued: “It does feel odd, having been a significant part of a band that took such care over the sonics and the presentation, that these double album packages may have even been for sale in the shops without our knowledge, had I not stumbled across them when looking through my potential purchases for RSD.
“But hey, we signed the deal and we are not the first and won’t be the last whose work is exploited in a way that could only be described as callous and disrespectful. No pity required. Just another harsh lesson. If you want control of your masters and avoid such things happening to you then don’t sign stupid deals with majors.”
FACT has reached out to Record Store Day for comment.
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