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« on: December 27, 2003, 02:39:46 PM »
Maybe this belongs in General, but...m'eh...

Anyhow, I wondered if anyone had any idea if AmRep is stuck with a lot of contractual bullshit or whether they're just silly in some of their business moves? F'rinstance the Fucker Club record would still sell a lot of copies today if it was available, as would their Melvins merchandise. The fact that they also have zero distribution outside the US doesn't help and in their webstore, their total stock is a few 7"s by bands I've never heard of and couldn't, frankly, care less about. They don't even sell the Melvins albums still in print direct! Is there some kind of issue between AmRep and the Melvins or is the label staffed by rodents?
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2003, 03:38:56 PM »
Theyve always done numbered and limited releases
and when theyre gone, theyre gone. Thats their
thing. So most of us grab it as soon as we see it!
Like Fucker Club and Singles 1-12, I was in a CD store
and didnt even have the money for them so i knicked them!
I knew they wouldnt be there when i got back with my money
next time.

Also, i think AMREP stopped putting out new stuff so they
can concentrate on selling their back catalog of stuff in
the warehouse from all their other releases besides the top-sellers
like the Melvs.

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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2003, 03:54:20 PM »
Ah I see, it's not merely shoddy business practices, they're a "collector's" label  :roll: ...I would say I'm glad the the Melvs have moved on but then again, I'd probably be just as irked if I hadn't snagged the HAT singles from Ipecac...
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2003, 03:57:05 PM »
Quote from: anaconda
Theyve always done numbered and limited releases
and when theyre gone, theyre gone. Thats their
thing. So most of us grab it as soon as we see it!
Like Fucker Club and Singles 1-12, I was in a CD store
and didnt even have the money for them so i knicked them!
I knew they wouldnt be there when i got back with my money
next time.


Thinking about it, is this really the sort of feeling that a record label should be forcing upon their consumers? Mind you, their runs are so limited that hopefully they'll grow so destitute that they'll be forced to reissue their interesting releases.

Y'know a lot of people badmouth majors, but at least you can always get hold of major label records without having to shell out over
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2003, 04:18:47 PM »
I'm not sure Rev, but maybe theyre more of a
"boutique" type label, like a one-man show
run by a limited staff, maybe a guy just doing
artistic crazy shit for the love of it and not so much
for the sake of profit, like a labor of love if you will..

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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2003, 04:44:31 PM »
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I'm not sure Rev, but maybe theyre more of a
"boutique" type label, like a one-man show
run by a limited staff, maybe a guy just doing
artistic crazy shit for the love of it and not so much
for the sake of profit, like a labor of love if you will..


By "boutique" I take it you mean "exclusive" or maybe even "elitist"? Honestly it's like the toy manufacturers who deliberately understock, say, Star Wars figures to ensure that only the Comic Book Guys are possibly able to buy them and that children who, Heaven forbid, might want to play with the toys can't have them. I'm guilty of owning limited vinyl which I've never played so I guess I'm a hypocrite but it still strikes me as bizzarrely unfair to deny people these records. Even if the physical discs are destroyed, maybe an FTP or MP3 download section on the website would be great. I don't much care about the 7"s and stuff, but the live record really annoys me as you can still get Prick and Honky. Admittedly I had to import them both, but at least I could still just get my hands on them. It's just disappointingly elitist...

Same goes for fucking Sub Pop for deleting all their grunge records.
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2003, 01:59:33 PM »
i dont think amrep even exsists anymore. i know those guys own the grumpys restaurants in minneapolis so i think they're more into that than releaseing records at this point.

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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2003, 08:10:41 AM »
I ordered Honky from them on vinyl last year...

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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2003, 12:32:38 PM »
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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2003, 01:45:42 PM »
i just recently picked up alive at the fucker club, damn good album.

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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2003, 01:50:21 PM »
what albums have the melvins put out with am rep?
so far i got singles 1-12 on cd and prick on cd and alive at the fucker club and honky.
is there anything else?

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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2004, 09:38:22 AM »
as far as i knew amrep stopped being a label in 1998 which was the reason the melvins were actually looking for a label.
the amrep webpage still sells all of their non-7" releases in some form or another at this page
http://www.amphetaminereptile.com/cat-2.html

as far as i know the guy that ran that label had hard times pretty much throughout it's history and the stuff that they're selling on that page melvins stuff included is no longer being pressed, it's just backstock stuff.  then again who knows how often their webpage is updated, some of that stuff may already be sold out.

you should check out their comps, they had quite a few decent bands on their label

i know for a fact that the only reason melvins stuff off of amrep is so hard to get is that they just grew tired of the hassle that goes along with running a label, i'd be willing to bet that the melvins could get the rights to re-release any of that stuff if they really wanted to, so in reality it's the melvins fault

i think amrep wanted to get out while they were ahead after they made all that money off of nashville pussy, i can go on about this forever but i think you all know that it's common for labels to put out limited release 7 inches for collectors and that the cd's are hard to find now because they are no longer being pressed and amrep couldn't afford good distribution to begin with, i think you're all spoiled by the fact that mike patton has so many fans and is allowed to bring a lot more to the table for the melvins than amrep or boner ever could.