Record Store Day Update

Just a quick update on the release for Record Store Day.  As I’m sure many know, there will be a blue vinyl release of Is There Something I Should Know.  In my very humble opinion, this seems like an easy sell to any fan.  Is There Something I Should Know did very well on the charts, and blue vinyl?  Who wouldn’t want that??  I know that I was very excited to hear that I could buy my favorite song on vinyl of my favorite color.

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.

-R




4 thoughts on “Record Store Day Update”

  1. Yeah, I don't get that either. Not that we're entitled to everything by virtue of living in the US, but we're a big market, and Record Store Day is a pretty big deal here. They had the Girl Panic single last year (or was it two years ago? Gad.)

    But it's a world market now, and copies will be on ebay by the end of that day. . .

  2. On eBay for a likely inflated price…yeah, although the point of Record Store Day exclusives is that they are sold in brick and mortar stores only. Not available online, for at least that day. I am patient and can wait, but there's no guarantee that they'll be made available online unless you chance going through eBay (which I dislike).

    It was a world market last year too though. I mean, that didn't change in a single year, but the countries they chose to release the exclusive did. Someone pointed out to me that last year, they didn't get Girl Panic. I understand that. The point of my blog though is that the entire decision making process makes no sense – for anyone.

    It's not about whether it's available here or not available somewhere else – the point is that if they're going through the trouble of pressing it for most of Europe and even bothering to send it to Canada, Mexico and to New Zealand, it seems point blank stupid not to be sending it to Australia or to the US – or Japan for that matter.

    -R

  3. I have read the dd.com update the other day and was noticing the same “lack”.
    I’m disappointed, basically because the band seem to be very loyal to the US fans and you were the first ones to support the guys out of the UK, in the early 80s.
    Including the States in the list would have been a sort of thank you to you; I can’t stand the rest of the “music industry- marketing” reasons, every fan is to be loved, always, end of the story.

  4. All true statements…as is that Amanda and I will still get our hands on that vinyl…exclusives be damned. You can't stop THESE Duranies – we just consider it a challenge now! 😀 -R

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