30 May 2005
'We're The Young Offenders' released today 
From The Young Offenders Institute newsletter:

"The debut Young Offenders Institute single R6M40 'We're The Young Offenders' is released today on F4 Records.

It's a limited edition of 500 and all the copies have been snapped up by retailers so hurry down to the shops to get yours. HMV is the best place to try although other stores may have them too. You can also try www.amazon.co.uk.

If you have no luck there, we will hopefully have a handful more copies to sell via www.youngoffendersinstitute.com"

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The catalogue number R6M40 follows the pattern set by previous F4 Records releases. R6 stands for the release number and M40 is the postal district of Collyhurst in Manchester from where the Young Offenders originate.

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