Good Riddance To the Music Industry
Gawker.com posted a depressingly classic story about V2, an "indy" record label which is actually owned by Virgin. As background to the story, you need to know that the label signed a band called Pre) Thing, but their album never sold any records. Check out the story below, and then, just when you think you've heard it all, check out the plot twist to Bob Rubenstein's tale here.
Gawker: V2, Virgin's independent record label which puts out The Datsuns, Mercury Rev, and Tom Jones, apparently lost an employee today. Fortunately, Bob Rubenstein, the disgruntled employee in question, fired off one of the best "take this job and shove it" emails we've ever been privileged to see. [We've done some checking around (you know, like "journalists" would) and the word is its all true -- even the part about the seances.]
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> From: [Bob Rubenstein]
> Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2004 3:44 PM
> Subject: Good Riddance
> Dear everyone,
> I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that today is my last day at V2. I was let go this morning. All I can say is this is messed up-I was brought into V2 to specifically work on the Pre) Thing record a few months ago. Everything was setting up nicely on the record, radio was reacting, the single "Faded Love" was kicking in at Active Rock, we created this super cool video game that was going to be on the commercial cd, etc. Then, out of the blue, the main guy from Pre) Thing, Rust Epique dies of a massive heart attack and everything goes haywire. Radio started to back off the single and the CD came out 2 weeks ago and got virtually no press. So, today, they let me go! How messed up is that? Wait, before you think this is nuts, let me leave you with this. So, before i got let go, we had our weekly marketing meeting yesterday. They brought in a psychic person and everyone joined hands and did a seance to talk to Rust! I'm not kidding, even if I wasn't fired I wanted to quit on the spot. They were like "how do we get radio to continue to play this song?" and "Rust please talk to press and tell them to write about your record." I mean come on, that's just rock bottom!
> Whatever! Good riddance to the label and the industry. I'm done with all of this.
> Bob Rubenstein
Posted by matt at April 30, 2004 02:42 PM