Canadian Punk Band Finds Their Songs on Vinyl Copies of Beyonce’s Lemonade Vinyl

If you’ve ever been inside a vinyl pressing plant, you’ll know that it’s relatively easy for manufacturing mistakes to occur. All it takes is for a guy to mix up a couple of master plates and one side of an entire run of an album is completely wrong.

This is exactly what happened to Zex, a punk band from Ottawa. Something went wrong at a pressing plant in Germany where Columbia Records was pressing up vinyl copies of Beyonce’s Lemonade. The mix-up resulted in some Zex songs from their Uphill Battle album getting mixed in with Queen Bey material. That must have confused members of the Hive. But as reader Sabrina points out, who the hell is buying Beyonce on vinyl?

Hey, at least Zex is getting some good press out of this.

Columbia issued this statement:

Due to human error at the Celebrate Records plant in Germany, which Sony uses to manufacture vinyl, a small amount of the European run of the Beyoncé Lemonade vinyl included music from Canadian punk band, ZEX, on Side A. Beyoncé and ZEX were not aware of or responsible for the mispress. Fans who purchased the vinyl will be refunded and given a replacement copy. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.

Read more here and here.


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2 thoughts on “Canadian Punk Band Finds Their Songs on Vinyl Copies of Beyonce’s Lemonade Vinyl

  • September 19, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I would love a copy, I’m sure it will be worth a bunch of money in the future.

  • September 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    You’d be surprised who’s buying Queen Bey’s albums on vinyl. I lined up on RSD this past April, and managed to be first in line at a small place, talking to the first 5 or 6 people, we were all their for different items as number 1 choices. Pearl Jam, The Distillers, Miley Cyrus, etc.. I’ve been in shops where people are gobbling up Lady Gaga on vinyl (around the time of her 3rd album I think, might have been 2nd album). There’s usually a buyer for just about everything.


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