Beyoncé’s groundbreaking 2016 album Lemonade became one of the most talked about pop culture moments of the decade, and with good reason. Accompanied by an incredible visual album, Lemonade was an achievement in detailing the female experience, as well as the infidelity and reconciliation between Beyoncé and husband Jay Z, all while incorporating rap, hip hop, pop, rock, and country. It had everything. Well, almost.
For fans who felt like Beyoncé’s Lemonade was missing something, you’re in luck. Thanks to a mix-up at a German vinyl record factory, Lemonade just received a huge influx of punk rock.
Beyoncé’s Lemonade was finally released on vinyl this month, but when some fans received the yellow-coloured record, they found that songs like “Pray You Catch Me” and “Hold Up” were missing. Instead, music by Ottawa punk band Zex was featured on Side A of Lemonade, including the punk band’s tracks “Burn the Flag,” “Child Soldier,” and “No Sanctuary” from their 2017 album Uphill Battle.
Posting a video on Facebook of the Lemonade album playing their music, Zex wrote “Those of you who got the new BEYONCE record ‘Lemonade’, may be surprised to hear what will be playing on the A-Side…. #zexbeyoncesplit”
Columbia Records issued a statement about the mix up, saying “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.”
Guitarist Jo Galipeau says that while he didn’t know who Beyoncé was (sure Jan), the band has found most of the reactions to be positive. “They thought it was either funny, and a few people—it’s becoming more and more—have bought the record, and a lot of them have said, “Oh I like the surprise that I got on the other side, it’s good music,” even though it’s not what they paid for,” says Galipeau.
The mix up has already led to new fans for Zex
That band Zex that’s accidentally on all those Beyoncé Lemonade vinyl pressings sounds pretty dope
— KristapsRobinson (@CarlosDngrfield) September 19, 2017
We feel like the mix-up being called ‘a bit odd’ is the most Canadian description possible
— Tom Jensen (@TomJensen1966) September 15, 2017
Others thought the ‘mix up’ was a conspiracy theory
This is such an obvious trick to make the vinyl an instant collectible. I’m sure Roc Nation reps Zex. Totally deliberate ploy. #eyeroll
— Ssh! I’m a juror (@sneakyjuror) September 19, 2017
Some fans were disappointed they received the correct version of Beyoncé’s Lemonade
Got Beyonce’s Lemonade vinyl and I’m kind of disappointed it wasn’t the misprinted Zex version. Bet that’s gonna be a collectable.
— Stevie Grant (@TheStevieGrant) September 18, 2017
They are even willing to pay for the incorrectly pressed vinyl
Hey #Beyonce fans who got the zex vinyl, Ill buy it from you for $50 AND a new, working copy of Lemonade
— Christian Galens (@cgalens42) September 19, 2017
But a few punk fans worried that the Beyhive may not be ready for Zex
sending my thoughts and prayers to anyone who accidentally listened to Zex instead of Beyonce
— Mitch (@mitchkjackson) September 19, 2017
And as always, the Beyhive stans for their Queen Bey
I am not going to pretend I like Zex more than I like #Lemonade, but a copy of that mistake pressing should be mine.
— Josh F Lindley (@josh_lindley) September 19, 2017
In conclusion, the situation is a perfect time to make lemonade out of lemons
— Bizarro Dustin (@cmoncheermeup) September 19, 2017