Comments: Bonus tracks are for dicks

Ken Andrews did something similar on his recent solo album... there's two tracks that only appear on physical copies, and one that's only on the iTunes version, or something like that.

The thing I don't understand (other than how talented musicians can be so lame) is that on the Ken Andrews and Pumpkins albums, the bonus tracks appear in the middle of the album. Isn't there supposed to be a flow in the order of songs on an album? Shouldn't it make a huge difference whether or not you wedge a song in as track six?

Thanks for the heads-up about the Decemberists tracks. I didn't even know they existed until now.

Posted by The Dan at June 22, 2007 02:10 PM

One of the comforting things about being an old, lame loser who stopped listening to new music in 1993 is that I don't have to worry about crap like that. Yes, I have to worry when Elvis Costello does another dick release, or when somebody finds Yet Another Benny Goodman Concert Recording, but once I got out of the habit of buying new music, it became surprisingly easy to just ignore that. Sometime around the time somebody sent me a Elvis/Chieftans track I officially stopped being a completist.

I have 12,000 songs on a hard drive. I suspect that if you graphed the original date of acquisition (in whatever media) against time, it'd be a big old bell curve centering around my college years, with a lump for having got into Jazz only late in college. I've acquired less and less music over the last ten years, and I'm now at the bottom of the curve, getting maybe fifty new sides a year. And I expect it to progress, to the point where (if, please the Lord, I live) I will spend the last twenty years of my life just listening to the same thousand sides over and over again.


Posted by Vardibidian at June 22, 2007 03:31 PM

*sigh* the music industry....
if you ask me, the words "music" and "industry" don't even go together...

Posted by Tracy at June 22, 2007 11:14 PM

First, holy crap songs I didn't know existed thank you thank you.

Second, my personal "okay, this is now truly ridiculous" moment was when They Might Be Giants put out different versions of freakin' Here Come the ABCs (scroll to the bottom, at least at the moment). And it might be Disney and not TMBG that thought it was a good idea, but it's still been enough to continue to keep me from really wanting to buy an album for 3-year-olds.

Posted by Robert Hutchinson at June 23, 2007 10:27 PM

Francis - thanks for the Decemberists tracks!

Posted by CB at June 27, 2007 01:10 PM
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