44 rejection letters
Between 1988 and 1991, Said Liquidator received 44 rejection letters from record companies, publishers and venues. (Bear in mind that the response rate was probably about one letter for every 8 demo cassettes sent out.) The band didn’t go on to achieve commercial success so these letters are neither newsworthy nor an embarrassment for the senders but the fact that the band carried on regardless, in the face of so much rejection, says something about their self-belief, resilience or delusional state of mind!
Postscript 2017: The BBC were so tickled by the 44 letters that they included Said Liquidator in a piece about 8 acts who received refusal letters. The others were Madonna, Nirvana, Nina Simone, David Grohl, U2, Deee-Lite and Nick Cave. Below is a screen shot showing what the BBC said about Said Liquidator. [Click on image to go to full article on the BBC].
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