A fan alerted California punks Decent Criminal to the fact that her boyfriend's copy of 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' actually played a portion of their music.
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Vinyl pressing errors are basically always funny, because more often than not they mean that artists who would have less than nothing to do with one another otherwise end up sharing the same twelve inches of plastic. In a sense it's poetic. Anyway, today I've been made aware of another particularly lols one, and I would like to share it with you. Come roll on up and read about it.
Upon first glance, the only thing that unites Kendrick Lamar and the punk band Decent Criminal is the great US state of California, however it appears, that they actually share a bit more. A sharp-eared fan in the UK noted that something wasn't quite right with her boyfriend's vinyl copy of Kendrick's second album good kid, m.A.A.d city (purchased from a branch of HMV). She recognised the music it played on one side as Decent Criminal's, so, thoughtfully, she sent the band a video to prove it:
Apparently the mix-up can be explained by the fact that both records were pressed at the same plant in the Czech Republic. Chris Messer, the head of Decent Criminal's label Dodgeball Records, commented on the palava:
Hunter from Decent Criminal got a message on Facebook from a girl claiming her boyfriend bought a Kendrick Lamar record and when playing it discovered Decent Criminal's music was on one half of it. She wanted to make them aware of it. Then sent a clip of the record. They were in shock and wrote me to see if I knew about it.
Hopefully at the very least it means that Decent Criminal have got themselves a few new, if unwitting, fans. On the other hand, maybe here, Kendrick fans have finally got the conspiracy (that Kendrick is also secretly the fifth member of a punk band?) they've always hoped for. There's also something particularly funny to me about the idea of someone who hasn't heard good kid, m.A.A.d city sticking one of these erroneously printed copies on and thinking that Kendrick has really made quite a stylistic leap. "Bold," they might think. "Brave." Nope, just a good old pressing error. The day these stop being funny is the day I hand my music and vinyl nerd membership card in. Which I will never do.
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