Discussing “Record Store Day” with Rick Miller of SCOTS

SCOTSSouthern Culture on the Skids is coming to the Empty Glass tonight, and I had the pleasure on interviewing the band’s lead guitarist Rick Miller  about his collection of weird, old guitars.

When we got on the phone, Miller was driving out to the band’s clubhouse/recording studio The Kudzu Ranch to work on remixes of some songs they released on a Record Store Day exclusive 7-inch single.

The band recorded two songs — “Party at my Trouse” and “Hey Mary” — with Fred Schneider of the B-52s. Miller said he plans to release the remixes on a 12-inch record sometime this summer. Why?

The band only released 950 copies of the original single, and Miller is not so crazy about Record Store Day.

“It sounds like it’s being subjected to the same things that ruined the record industry in the first place,” Miller said.

That is to say, greed.

The annual event is meant to drive interest in local, independent record stores. And by all accounts, it has. But there’s a dark side to it, too.

Last Saturday, a lucky few fans could pick up a single of Nirvana’s “Pennyroyal Tea” (never before released on vinyl) for about $15. That same record is now going for $40 on eBay.

Southern Culture’s Record Store Day single isn’t seeing the same kind of mark-up as Nirvana, but it’s still occurring. Last Saturday, “Party at my Trouse” sold for $10. Now, it’s about $20.

The bands aren’t getting any of that money, either, just the enterprising “collectors” who snatch up the limited edition releases on Record Store Day.

By the way, here’s a listen to “Party at my Trouse” for those of you who didn’t pick up the single and can’t wait for summer:

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