Matador Pulls Car Seat Headrest Vinyl, CDs After Discovering Uncleared Ric Ocasek Sample
May 13, 2016 at 2:21 PM (PT)
All vinyl and CD copies of CAR SEAT HEADREST’s "Teens Of Denial," which was scheduled for release MAY 20th, have been pulled by MATADOR RECORDS because of an unauthorized RIC OCASEK sample from THE CARS' song, "Just What I Needed." The album will still come out digitally on the scheduled date. A new physical release has been slated for "sometime in JULY."
MATADOR insisted in a released statement it had negotiated for a license in good faith months ago, only to be told last week that the publisher involved was not authorized to complete the license in the U.S., and that OCASEK preferred his work not be included in the song.
Said the band's WILL TOLEDO: "Obviously, when we called the record ‘done’ and sent it off to be printed, we were working in full confidence that we had the legal side of it all worked out. We found out last week that this was not the case. I’m not going to get into the nitty-gritty of e-mail chains and invested parties; suffice it to say that MATADOR (and I) were neither pulling a BANKSY nor operating in ignorance of the law, but that we truly believed we had the issue resolved months ago, until last week."
All manufactured vinyl and CD copies with the original version of the song will be destroyed.
Added TOLEDO: "I spent the last 48 hours working on an alternate cut of the track, which is now called “Not What I Needed”. It’s not merely an edit -- it is its own thing, about half a minute longer than the original track, and goes in a much different direction. Honestly, despite the apparent clusterfuck, I had fun doing it, and I think it’s a stronger song now. In any case I’ve grown up accustomed to working on an album right up to its drop date, so this is not a freak-out scenario for me. The album is going to come out on time and it’s going to be good.
"I’m very sorry to everyone who was anticipating a preorder (it does sound great on vinyl). It will be in your hands eventually. Most of my music only exists online anyways, so it makes sense that this album should start the same way."