You may remember U2s giant publicity stunt last year, where they released their most recent full-length, Songs of Innocence, to every single iTunes user for FREE. Not only was it free, though, they took the liberty of helping every single iTunes user download it too. How nice of them! Except, the band received a ton of backlash from the music industry for taking it ‘too far’. Rightfully so, as it detracted and devalued the dynamic of the artist-to-fan relationship. That, and the internet just wanted an excuse to flame Bono. The outcry was pretty hefty, as it turned out, as both Apple and U2 issued apologies, instructions for how to remove the album from users accounts, and all was made right again. Now, it seems someone is STILL trying to get back at the band for giving them an album they didn’t want.
In the UK, Songs of Innocence was released on vinyl as a Record Store Day exclusive, but to the dismay of some vinyl enthusiasts, they didn’t actually get the record. Instead, inside of a cellophane sealed Songs of Innocence sleeve, they found the absolutely amazing Opiate EP from Tool! Now, that may sound like an absolute dream for most people, but for U2 fans, they couldn’t stand the thought of receiving an album that they didn’t actually want. Huh. Sounds puh-retty ironic.
Tweets like this one started flooding in, of butthurt U2 fans confused as to why they received a good record on accident:
Which led the more enlightened Twitter users to respond with things like:
"I can see why U2 fans feel shortchanged getting a TOOL EP instead of their U2 album. They normally get four tools for the price of one."
No word has been released yet on how the angry fans will end up exchanging their amazing, rare EP for Songs of Innocence. As for how this could have happened, either: A) Somebody in a packaging/fulfillment center happened to have a bunch of spare Tool EPs and wanted to mess with people B) The people in charge of pressing the Songs of Innocence records also happened to have the Tool master dyes laying around, and got the two mixed up C) The stores selling the records got together, managed to remove the packaging, insert the good record, and repackage it or D) The least likely option, members of U2 actually like good music, and have a sense of humor about themselves to realize just how ironic this situation is…