Monday, June 2, 2008
Taking The Big Leak In Stride.
I remember way back in 1990, when under some rather devious circumstances on Kyle and My part, we ended up with a copy of Public Enemy's FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET. Sure, we loved the band and had a copy of the TERRORDOME cassingle, and was all caught up in the controversy concerning Chuck D. telling the Rabbis to get off of the rag, and comparing himself to Jesus being Crucified; but Hell, we had been hearing that from Bono for several years... Now we had some HOT property; a highly anticipated new release in our hands a week before the actual release date, and we felt pretty good about it. There was something about knowing that we were hearing this before anyone else that added to the Mind-Blowingly knocked out experience of listening to what has become one of the Essential HIP HOP Masterpieces of ALL TIME.
Fast forward to present day, and LEAKS are commonplace. Rarely do you find an anticipated release that ISN"T already on the internet available for download. While it may be initially annoying and frustrating to the artist, I don't believe it really deters from the sales of the product. true fans will run to the stores that Tuesday to pick up the CD or Vinyl anyways because they are fans. They want the artwork and lyrics. They want to hold the product in their hands, and eventually file it with the other albums in their collection. They can't wait to pay the money to see them live, and even some fanatics will pay to obtain the singles with rare or live songs tacked on to complete the collection. Consumers want to know what they are buying, and are just excited, thats all...
PRINCE recently played an amazing set at Coachella where he brought out Morris Day and Jerome Benton from THE TIME for a couple of songs. He has become very well known for his choice of cover songs (anybody remember his FOO FIGHTERS tune from the Super Bowl last year in the pouring rain?) and this year he didn't disappoint; he whipped out a Sarah McLaughlin song and Come Together by The Beatles. What made everyone drop their joints and I-Phones and shit their collective pants however was his version of RADIOHEAD'S CREEP- complete with a ripping-assed solo like how only he can do it. There were a lucky few of us who were unlucky enough to not be at Coachella that caught the performance on YOU TUBE. Amazing. Unfortunately for us, The Purple One and his massive team of Purple Lawyers blocked the video from being shown. Now not even Thom Yorke himself could see a legend covering one of his own songs!!! Admitting he was slightly confused, he demanded that Prince retract the embargo so that he and the rest of Radiohead's fans could enjoy a song that was stolen from him. Personally, I hope that Yoko Ono burns his ass in court for STEALING a song off a dead Beatle. It's an ironic thing when you try to plug a leak it seems; you end up looking like an ASSHOLE to the people who put you on your pedestal of wealth and fame; YOUR FANS.
Speaking of leaks, I just heard the new MY MORNING JACKET album called EVIL URGES, which will be released in June. You may have seen them on SNL last night performing "I'm Amazed" and the title song. I am lucky to have seen them live, because they are much better in concert than on record in my opinion. The new record is no exception. While "Z", from 2005 seemed like they were inching toward U2 territory (REDNECK RADIOHEAD?) it was an improvement from sounding like Neil Young (Their first releases.). There are songs from EVIL URGES that are annoyingly similar to PRINCE or BECK from the MIDNIGHT VULTURES era. Falsetto Central. Don't get me wrong; I love the new songs, and will be buying it, but in the meantime if you are a fan I recommend you get online and try it out. (Elbows- or google it.)
Now for a different kind of leak....
prince covers CREEP @ Coachella 2008