Before The xx get to work on their third album, they have some special plans for their first two. 2010’s xx and 2012’s Coexist will each be released as limited 7-inch box sets on December 2nd. Each album’s 11 songs will be pressed on individual 7-inch records with unique artwork, and each B-side will be etched with the band’s “X” logo. Going for £55 each (about $90 USD), the box sets are available at The xx’s online store. Pre-order yours now while we update our holiday gift guide.
In other xx news, one of the songs in the box set has been the center of some recent controversy. A Croatian anti-gay marriage organization called U ime obitelji (which translates to “On Behalf of the Family”) used the xx song “Intro” in an online advertisement disparaging same-sex marriage. The ad came ahead of a December 1st public referendum regarding a constitutional amendment that would legally define marriage in Croatia as between a man and a woman. When The xx caught wind of the ad, they took to Facebook to denounce the group and express their full support for gay marriage.
It has come to our attention that our music has been used without our permission in a promotional advert by the Croatian organisation “U ime obitelji”. We wish to state that we didn’t, and would never, approve the use of our music by this organisation. To be clear, we unconditionally support the equal right to marriage regardless of sexuality.
xx The xx
Young Turks, the band’s label, also posted a message to Facebook, stating that they would be taking legal action to stop U ime obitelji from using The xx’s music. The advertisement featuring “Intro” has since been taken down.