The Queers to re-record “Punk Rock Confidential” and “Beyond The Valley…”

The Queers are currently re-recording 2000’s Beyond The Valley… and they have plans to do the same with 1998’s Punk Rock Confidential and release it alongside a DVD of the recording session. Frontman Joe Queer says the band’s doing this because there’s no other way to re-release the albums they put out on Hopeless Records:

We’re re-recording Beyond The Valley and Punk Rock Confidential. BTV is almost done. Asian Man’s releasing it. We haven’t been paid a penny by Hopeless in 15. They say we owe them 5k after all this time. Total ripoff. So we said fuck it. We’re doing a DVD of the PRC session which will happen in a few months. BTV is way better than the original already.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on the re-recorded versions of Punk Rock Confidential and Beyond The Valley… come to light. The Queers’ latest album Back To The Basement was released in 2010 through Asian Man Records. They have since put out limited edition vinyl reissues of a number of their records.

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  1. gunnermcgrath
    GunnerMcGrath8/28/2014 8:35 AM | Permalink

    Generally you’d be right, but if a label has refused to pay a band their contractually due royalties, especially for over a decade, as has been allegedly happening in this case, then I say go for it if you can justify the expense. Of course there are two sides to every story, and they’re usually both at least a little bit biased and faulty, so it’s tough to judge without having all the information.

  2. gunnermcgrath
    GunnerMcGrath8/28/2014 8:37 AM | Permalink

    Oh and just to clarify, record contracts have a couple of different kinds of royalties, some of which are withheld by the label until their advance has been recouped, and some of which is due the songwriters from day one, regardless of how much the band still owes the label. If records have been sold then the label owes the band SOME money from day one. To not receive money in 15 years implies that zero records have been sold in that time, and for a band like The Queers, I highly doubt it.

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