Cro-Mags 1986 debut album The Age Of Quarrel is a part of the upcoming Record Store Day 2021 releases, and Cro-Mags bassist and vocalist Harley Flanagan is pissed. In a statement, Flanagan said the band will not see a dime of the proceeds from the reissue much like they never have before.
He added that the band has been working on re-issues of both Age Of Quarrel and Best Wishes from 1989, if only to get everyone who played on both records finally paid.
"The band members who played on Age Of Quarrel will not be paid and have not been consulted about this release and have never been paid a dime since its original release in September 1986 or its re-release by Another Planet in 1994. The rights are contested and the players will not see anything from this.
"We have been working for months to try to officially re-release Age Of Quarrel and Best Wishes and to have each person who played on the two albums paid equally for their contribution; something that has never happened before. Nobody has ever been paid, been given any accounting, or even given a copy of the contract, we were not even represented by counsel when we signed.
"We are still working to resolve this so all the players are finally paid for their work on these historic albums. It is not over yet, but If these albums are re-released without a resolution the Cro-Mags and those who played on these albums will be fucked over once again by the same people who robbed us in the beginning.
"My legal team and I are working hard to resolve this so that there can eventually be a proper reissue where me and John, Parris, Doug, Mackie and Pete Hines are all finally paid for our work."
Check out the full list of Record Store Day releases here, but maybe skip buying the Cro-Mags one.