Until about a week ago, when I started noticing that it was nowhere to be found on any of the release lists for the US. Duran Duran then put out their own news byte on duranduran.com yesterday, announcing where the record could be purchased. The US is not on this list, and so it will not be available.
I won’t pretend to understand the music industry or the business side of the band. I am fully aware that there are many moving parts, and a lot of it – I couldn’t possibly care any less about. That said, I don’t understand the decision NOT to have it released here. I don’t know who or what company is in charge of such decisions, but quite frankly it’s one of the more bewildering things I’ve witnessed as a fan.
Let’s just recap a bit here – the song was released in 1983 and shot to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts here in the US. It sold over a million copies here in the states. Last I checked, the band had a substantial amount of fans here in the US…and I would venture to guess that many of them have in fact heard of Is There Something I Should Know, and would probably want to own this version on vinyl. I have no idea how much business can be expected on Record Store Day, but I do know that in order to go and buy something on that day – I would have needed to be up and at most of the stores in my area at around 7:00am to line up. Yes, lines really are that long, and people really do snap up the copies of whatever limited editions are being offered. I’m not going to assume that everyone would run for Duran Duran first, but I have no reason to believe my fellow Duranies in this area wouldn’t have bought copies as well. Perhaps I’m missing the point. In fact, I’m sure of it.
Moreover, I don’t know what it actually takes to release something like this – a special “record store day” edition, but I can’t imagine it’s any harder to press copies and ship them out here than it is to do the same for other countries such as: Hong Kong, Korea, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic & Hungary, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, Israel or Russia….and even MORE curiously, they are going to ship this thing to New Zealand but not Australia?? It’s going to Hong Kong, but not Japan? What?? Again, I really don’t understand the industry, but you have to wonder what goes through the heads of the people who plan these things. Don’t you?
Sure. I could probably find a friend to buy an extra copy and send it to me – I would gladly pay for the record and shipping of course. This is definitely not the end of the world, I am not calling for the immediate downfall of Duran Duran, nor am I going to say nasty things about DDHQ – that’s unproductive and completely ineffective. Again, I have no idea how these things are decided or why.
I just don’t have to always LIKE the end result.