The Cure's Robert Smith 'despairs' at iTunes
16th Sep 2008 | 11:16
Smith on Hypnagogic States EP: "5 tracks for £7.99? For fucks sake!"
Crazy-haired The Cure frontman Robert Smith has gone medieval on iTunes and TMU (the man upstairs) because of an overpriced EP. iTunes are selling the Hypnagogic States EP – five Cure tracks remixed by more crazy-haired kids – for a whopping £7.99, and as Robert Smith so eloquently puts it: "IT'S NOT A FUCKING ALBUM!".
On the band's blog, Smith copied fans in on this strongly-worded email to the boss. You'll have to excuse the capitalisation. Obviously, nothing gets the point across quite like big, angry capital letters:
I FUCKING DESPAIR
HYPNAGOGIC STATES EP IS NOW UP ON UK ITUNES...
5 TRACKS FOR £7.99?
FOR FUCKS SAKE!
AND THE PACKAGE IS COMPLETEY MISSING THE EXTRA BONUS TRACK (65DOS ALT REMIX OF "THE ONLY ONE")
YOU CAN BUY THE FOUR REMIXES BY 30STM/AFI/MCR/FOB INDIVIDUALLY FOR 79P EACH...
BUT YOU ONLY GET THE 65DOS "EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME" REMIX OF ALL FOUR SINGLES IF YOU PAY £7.99 FOR "THE ALBUM"...
IE YOU ARE BEING ASKED TO PAY £4.83 FOR THE 65DOS REMIX... !!!
WHO THE FUCK IS GOING TO PAY THIS AND NOT FEEL TOTALLY RIPPED OFF?
IT'S NOT A FUCKING ALBUM!
IT'S A 5 TRACK EP
AND YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO GET AN EXTRA FREE TRACK(THE 65DOS REMIX OF "THE ONLY ONE")IF YOU BUY IT AS A 5 TRACK EP
AND ITS SUPPOSED TO COST LESS IF YOU BUY IT AS A 5 TRACK EP THAN IF YOU BUY THE 5 TRACKS INDIVIDUALLY...
THAT IS WHAT WAS AGREED
THIS IS SO TOTALLY WRONG
I REALLY DO FUCKING DESPAIR
WHY IS IT SO INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT TO GET ANYTHING DONE RIGHT?
PLEASE FIX THIS NOW"
Robert finishes with a plea for fans to wait until the price goes down to £4.00 or less before purchasing. And purchase we should, because all profits go to the International Red Cross who must be over the moon about this letter.
1. The Only One - remixed by Jared Leto
2. Freakshow - remixed by Jade Puget
3. Sleep When I'm Dead - remixed by Gerard Way and Julien-K
4. The Perfect Boy - remixed by Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump
5. Exploding Head Syndrome - remixed by 65daysofstatic