HTTT Bonanza

by Jonathan on April 2, 2003

We have more information about the recent leaking of Hail to the Thief:
Jonny confirmed once again that the leaked tracks are stolen recordings of an early promo. Green Plastic has been told that this promo was done back in the early stages of mixing. Some how the album got in to the wrong hands. Jonny summed up how he felt when he was on the official message board recently: “So it turns out the leaked music is a stolen copy of early, unmixed edits and roughs – so we’re kind of pissed off about it, to be honest. I see it like this (this is just me): there’s napster-style file sharing of released music, then there’s early internet distribution of what we at least consider to be a finished body of work. Then there’s this – work we’ve not finished, being released in this sloppy way, ten weeks before the real version is even available. It doesn’t even exist as a record yet…..
So yes, we’re annoyed – the songs are good on the recordings, which you can hear. But we worked on them after this point until we were happy with them. This is why we’re pissed off – we didn’t give up on them in February (which is what you’re hearing) and it’s just a shame that, to your ears, we did. So of course people will still download them and hear them, I can understand the temptation. It’s not you lot I’m pissed off about, it’s just the situation I guess. It’s stolen work, fer fuck’s sake.
What do you all think ? I know it’ll come out for real eventually, and it’ll all be fine, but I thought you all might as well know what’s in my head….”
Nigel Godrich also made an appearance and said, “Hey listen, Its not that it’s not mastered…….. It’s not mixed! Some of it isn’t even finished. comprendez?”
EMI and Capitol Records are serving cease and dessist letters to websites that are hosting the mp3s.
Also, all promotional plans that were put in place to promote HTTT have been abandoned and are being revisited.
In similar news, KROQ radio in Los Angeles has been playing “There There” and it’s reportedly the finished version and not the leaked one.
You can read more about this whole thing at the following sites:
Washington Post
Undercover
SMH.com.au



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