'We share his frustration' say organisation
Andrew Trendell

16:52 22nd April 2014

Record Store Day have issued an official statement, agreeing with Paul Weller's comments against eBay touts. 

Over the weekend, Weller slammed exploitative touts for selling on the exclusive and limited edition RSD releases at extortionate prices, saying that he wouldn't have anything to do with the event ever again as a result. 

Now, Record Store have responded with the following statement:

"We share Paul Weller's frustration at evidence that 'Brand New Toy' has been offered for sale on eBay, and we are disappointed that despite our best efforts to drive out the touts, once again some people are seeking to exploit the goodwill of artists and labels by selling RSD exclusives at vastly-inflated prices on eBay.

"At just 500 copies Paul Weller’s ‘Brand New Toy’ was one of the most limited editions available on RSD and so some re-selling was expected. However, thanks to the measures we have taken on re-sales, overall the number of complaints about unauthorised sales this year is well down on previous years, though we continue to monitor eBay on an hour-by-hour basis.

"We clearly cannot control the activities of members of the public, but the Record Store Day Code of Conduct makes it clear that any store found to be complicit in unauthorised sales on eBay faces being banned from future events.

"Record Store Day would not exist without the support and commitment of artists and labels and we take our responsibility to them very seriously."

Below: The most in-demand releases of Record Store Day 2014

  • David Bowie - Rock n Roll Suicide: Bowie's popularity remains at a fever pitch thanks to the release of twenty fourth album The Next Day in 2013. Bowie obsessives will be dying to get their hands on this 40th anniversary picture disc.

  • Jay Z/Linkin Park - Collision Course: An unlikely collaboration between a rapper and a nu-metal band turned out to be a match made in heaven in 2004. Pressed onto special edition blue vinyl, this one's bound to fly off the shelves.

  • Fleetwood Mac - Dragonfly/The Purple Dancer: The first track the band recorded with Christine McVie, 'Dragonfly' is an important landmark in Fleetwood Mac's rich history. 'The Purple Dancer' serves as the B side. It's a must have for any Fleetwood super fan.

  • Joy Divison - An Ideal For Living: Still iconic, the reissue of Joy Division's debut EP (newly mastered and 'reimagined') is sure to be on any discerning indie fan's RSD shopping list.

  • LCD Soundsystem - Live The Final Show NYC: This 5 LP box set of James Murphy's 4 hour long final performance at Madison Square Garden is one of the most exciting releases this Record Store Day - and it's sure to be one of the most-wanted. Better start queueing, er, now.

  • Outkast - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik: Thanks to their epic stretch of reunion shows this summer, Outkast are pretty hot at the moment. What better time to snag their acclaimed debut?

  • Nirvana - Pennyroyal Tea/I Hate Myself And Want To Die: 'Pennyroyal Tea' was planned as a single release for the band in 1994, but was cancelled after Kurt Cobain's death. It's a must have for any Nirvana fan - of which there are many.

  • Green Day - Demolicious: Featuring 18 unheard tracks recorded during sessions for their 2012 Uno! Dos! Tres! trilogy, Demolicious also features a previously unreleased track called 'State of Shock'.

  • Chromeo - Ezra's Interlude: Vampire Weekend's frontman doing spoken word over piano? Sure. This is sure to be a big-seller, thanks to Ezra Koenig's fast growing fanbase (check out his Twitter and you'll understand why).

  • Echo & The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain: A limited edition blue edition of the post-punk group's 1984 LP is sure to fly off the shelves - who wouldn't want to hear 'The Killing Moon' on vinyl?

  • Metronomy - Love Letters (Soulwax remix): Everything Soulwax touch turns to gold, and when the original song is as good as Metronomy's rousing 'Love Letters', the title track from their latest album, it's going to be brilliant.

  • REM - Unplugged: Michael Stipe and co split in 2011, so fans of the rockers will be dying to get their hands on any new release that comes their way. On Record Store Day, it comes in the form of tracks recorded for MTV's Unplugged in 1991 and 2001.

  • Disclosure - Apollo: This brilliant slice of eerie deep house was a nice big 'F U' to those who criticised the electronic duo for going mainstream. It looks mighty nice on vinyl too.

  • Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan: The music legend's self-titled debut will be pressed onto transparent, red vinyl - this one will sell out fast.

  • William Onyeabor - What?!: You've probably never heard of William Onyeabor - Nigerian funk musicians aren't usually household names. However, Onyeabor has become somewhat of a cult, legendary figure amongst musicians, championed by the likes of 2ManyDJs, Damon Albarn and Caribou. What?! sees the synth pioneer remixed by Hot Chip and many more.

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