Blur single changes hands for £200 a copy on eBay
Fool’s Day was released to promote record shops, but copies are now being auctioned online
Copies of Blur's first single since they reformed last year, which was released at the weekend as a limited edition seven-inch single, are changing hands for as much as £200 each on the internet.
Only 1,000 copies of Fool's Day were pressed. They were sold through independent record stores up and down the country at the weekend as part of Record Store Day. It was the group's first new release for seven years and singer Damon Albarn said they had chosen to distribute it through 'indie' shops as they were an "important part of our musical culture".
Other bands including the Rolling Stones, the Pet Shop Boys, Babyshambles and the Beatles also issued tracks on vinyl to highlight the plight of the country's 300 or so remaining independent record stores, which must compete against the likes of iTunes and illegal download websites to stay in business.
However, there is a measure of irony in the fact that almost immediately after they were sold to fans in record shops the singles began appearing on eBay, where they have attracted bids in the region of £200. The single is also now available as a free download on the Blur website.
The Rolling Stones single, the previously unreleased track Plundered My Soul from the band's Exile on Main Street sessions, is also attracting bids of more than £100 on the auction site.
The response to the Blur single, which chronicles a day in the life of Albarn - sample lyric: "Porridge done, I take my kid to school, past the pound shop, Woolworths" - has been largely positive.
A review in the Times says: "They clearly didn't labour too much over the end result" but adds that the song does have the "elusive sonic quality of 'Blurness'."
But it adds that the single is unlikely to be the first of many - which only increases its value to those who got hold of a copy.