Aging goth rockers do not look kindly on young(ish) whippersnappers giving albums away for free. As Robert Smith readies the Cure for a headline performance at this year’s Coachella, he has spoken out about Radiohead’s policy of introducing a pay-what-you-like scale during the initial release of In Rainbows.
“The Radiohead experiment of paying what you want – I disagreed violently with that,” he said. “You can’t allow other people to put a price on what you do, otherwise you don’t consider what you do to have any value at all and that’s nonsense.” Smith has had an uneasy time with the world of downloads, branding the 2008 iTunes release of his own Hypnagogic States EP a rip off.
Smith continues: "If I put a value on my music and no one’s prepared to pay that, then more fool me, but the idea that the value is created by the consumer is an idiot plan, it can’t work." The idiot plan worked just fine for Radiohead, and hasn’t exactly gained industry wide prominence, so it’s a mystery why this issue has suddenly raised Smith’s ire. Perhaps the relatively low sales of the recent Cure album 4:13 Dream have worried him about the future of the industry? [MusicRadar]
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