Capitol Records Employees Prepare For Awkward Holiday Party

capitol.jpgToday’s Page Six sticks it to Capitol Records honcho Andy “Don’t call me A.C.” Slater, who was the subject of a nasty intra-office letter:

Calling on [EMI execs] to replace Slater, the letter goes on: “We are in constant disbelief of the amount of money spent on these acts who are clearly a step behind what is happening in music . . . We work in constant fear of ‘what Andy wants.’ This man is a control freak . . . How much longer do we need to make sure he is happy – only to then see those choices fail?”

A source, who says the letter represents “dozens” of Capitol employees, told Page Six: “There are core artists like Bonnie Raitt and Roseanne Cash who are just being ignored. The feeling is [Slater] just let them die. Then there are artists like Morning Wood, which is going nowhere.” The source adds that Slater is often unreachable and comes into the office late: “He’s out at night at clubs and partying with girls.”

Partying with girls and ignoring Bonnie Raitt? That’s an actual job? We do that every day! But while we don’t know what the day-to-day situation is like at Capitol–disgruntled and gruntled employees alike can feel free to let us know at–from a roster standpoint, it doesn’t seem that different than what’s going on at every other major label right now: Some crap works (Corrinne Bailey Rae, Yellowcard); some crap doesn’t (Steriogram, The Star Spangles); and a lot of crap just falls in between (like our beloved Van Hunt).

That said, anyone responsible for foisting Morningwood on the world deserves to be held over a ledge. Not dropped, mind you–just given a little “What the hell were you thinking?” dangle.

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  • GeddyLee

    Rumor has it that Capitol paid like $2 million for Colin Meloy to write the same song over and over again.

    And do I even need to bring up Sound Team?

  • mreasy

    Both of whom, incidentally, have the same manager, who also used to manage the Walkmen. Rumor is they fired her because she got Sound Team, who are a bad Walkmen ripoff band, a WAY more lucrative record deal than she got the Walkmen.

    The Decemberists’ new one scanned 26K its first week, about 2.5 times their last record’s first week. And Capitol only had to spend about 100 times as much money as Kill Rock Stars did to make that happen!

  • Ozzy

    The guy’s got a financial point though. I’d bet Bonnie Raitt’s audience is more inclined to buy CDs than Lily Allen’s.

  • tee.

    Hell, drop the fucker responsible for Morning Wood. They’re terrible. Throw in whoever was pushing Corinne Bailey Rae — Norah Jones Version 2006, as wel call her ’round my apartment — while you’re at it.

  • Clare

    As a huge Kylie Minogue fan, I wish Capitol could figure out what they want to do with her in the States. At least Parlophone (her label everywhere else but the U.S.) gets her on TV and out on tour occasionally. I would give my left arm to go a Kylie Minogue concert I didn’t need my passport to get to.

  • Chris Molanphy

    All of EMI has problems. When you have to restate your quarterly earnings all because Chris Martin and Damon Albarn decided to delay their new records a month or two, you know the company’s hanging by a thread.