SEX GANG CHILDREN - HALLOWEEN SCREAM TOUR
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Sex Gang Children - Electric Jezebel UK Tour - Performing Song And Legend in its entirety. Up close & personal. #livemusic #postpunk #goth #artrock #dark80s #darkwave #punk— Andi Sex Gang (@Dada_Degas) March 7, 2019
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We have received many queries regarding the 'conspicuous exclusion' of Sex Gang Children from the latest Post Punk Box Set Collection from Cherry Red Records, 'Silhouettes & Statues: A Gothic Revolution'. I have detailed here the reasons why there can no longer be a healthy working relationship between us.
A few years back, Iain McNay, the head of Cherry Red Records, approached me with an offer to license two albums: 'Song and Legend' and 'Blind!'. I had always liked and respected Iain for his non-corporate approach to music, yet he was a good and effective business operator. The deal was concluded in a fair and friendly manner. All was hunky-dory.
One year after the license deal for 'Song and Legend' had expired, it was brought to my attention that Cherry Red were still pressing and selling the album when they no longer had the legal right to do so. By now a former mid-manager, Matt Bristow, was the new CEO running things. He apologised for their 'oversight' and things were temporarily straightened out. However, a few years later, they committed the same breach of contract with 'Blind!' as they continued to sell 'Song and Legend' again as a download. I warned Bristow not to treat me like a wanker. Now things started to get messy and lawyers got involved.
Unfortunately, the laws in the UK governing the breach of music contracts do not lean in favour of the artists. Record labels are aware of that. Matt Bristow exploited every legal loophole in order to make this a costly affair for me to fight legally.
I eventually decided to settle the matter my own way and wrote an open letter challenging him to a duel in unarmed combat, ending the challenge with a strong warning not to 'make me come and find him.'
The end result was that Bristow opted not to give me satisfaction, instead calling on the police for protection.
So, there you have it. I don't regret my actions. Bristow's arrogant and untouchable attitude needed to be curtailed. I find that attitude towards artists from record labels unacceptable and I am glad I made that point loud and clear to Cherry Red Records, as represented by Matt Bristow.
Feel free to draw your own conclusions.
Andreas McElligott (Andi Sex Gang)
Sex Gang Children
Owner at Liberation London