As much as we here at the Tone Deaf office love Record Store Day, we must admit it can be an upheaval, even when things are going to plan. From making sure you get to your favourite stores before they sell-out of your choice picks, to battling the maddening crowds, it can be a stressful ordeal.
That’s why you’ve got to feel extra sorry for the poor souls who made it to their local record store in time to pick up a highly coveted vinyl copy of arena mega-stars U2’s Songs Of Innocence, which you may remember as that album that showed up in your iTunes library without explanation last year.
What happened? Well, if you’re yet to pierce the seal of your own copy of Songs Of Innocence on vinyl, you may want to go and double check that you got the right album. As FACT reports, several copies of the record somehow ended up with Tool’s 1992 Opiate EP inside the sleeve.
Twitter user Kristin Waite first tweeted about the error, writing, “Reports of a misprint/press/packaging of U2 [Songs Of Innocence] release for event – some getting 2013 Tool LP.” Waite appropriately hash-tagged her missive with “#oops”.
Shortly after, avid U2 fan and Twitter user Dianne Delahunty spotted the error after picking up her copy of the U2 album from Banquet Records in Kingston, sharing an image of the mixed-up record on social media.
A label manager at Kudos Records later tweeted that he was “hearing word that a good chunk of the U2 [Record Store Day] record was sleeved wrong at the pressing plant and people got a Tool LP instead of one LP”.
Naturally, it didn’t take long before the rest of the internet caught wind of the mixup and immediately began revelling in schadenfreude, some directed at the polarising Irish group and some aimed at the unfortunate fans who would’ve waited in line just to get their hands on the release.
The online mockery was perhaps best summed up by Twitter user Jeremy Allen’s tongue-in-cheek tweet, which read, “I can see why U2 fans feel shortchanged getting a Tool EP instead of their U2 album. They normally get four tools for the price of one.”
— Kristin Waite (@k_now_waite) April 18, 2015
— Dianne Delahunty (@diannedelahunty) April 18, 2015
I can see why U2 fans feel shortchanged getting a Tool EP instead of their U2 album. They normally get four tools for the price of one .
— Jeremy Allen (@jeres) April 19, 2015
hearing word that a good chunk of the U2 RSD record was sleeved wrong at the pressing plant and people got a tool lp instead of one LP