When Venom formed in Newcastle in 1979, they had sights on acquiring a recording contract just like any other new band. Although they would later become one of the founding fathers of black metal, they faced considerable difficulty getting that first record deal. Here, for example, in all its dot-matrix glory, is the rejection letter they received from EMI Records in 1980.
Venom is still with us. EMI is not. Karma?
(Via That Eric Alper)