Friday, June 22, 2007

Here's Your Infinite Sadness

Apparently it wasn't enough for Billy Corgan to simply masquerade his new band as a reunited version of the Smashing Pumpkins. ("The Pumpkins are back! I mean, we don't have Iha or D'arcy, but we've got Billy and the drummer who came crawling back after Billy took the moral high ground and 'fired' him after that keyboardist OD'd!") But I digress. Here's a charming tale of how they plan to sell their "comeback" album.
Best Buy and Target each get a version with an exclusive bonus track. So does iTunes. Like, a different one for each. Everybody else gets the regular version with no bonus tracks. So if you want all of the bonus tracks, you have to buy an album at Best Buy, an album at Target, and an album at iTunes.
The oddest thing to me in looking at those four tracklists is the Best Buy version - where the bonus track isn't just tacked onto the end (which is an increasingly common iTunes stunt that I don't have a particular problem with, because you can still listen to the album in any order you choose.) The Best Buy bonus song is track 9 of 13, which just seems very odd to me in the course of actually sequencing an album to make it flow. It's completely different from tacking something on to the end of the album, and it puzzles me for reasons I can't fully articulate.

So it looks like they're putting out four different versions of the album, right? Oh if only. I did a little snooping and discovered that there will actually be twelve different versions of the album worldwide. TWELVE!

In actuality, you can put out 50 different versions for all I care. If your fans are stupid enough to swallow the nonsense of buying multiple copies of an album in each cover with each bonus track, then more power to you. And the fact is that the bonus tracks will float around online, so if people really want to hear them, they can do it. But the distribution method of screwing over independent record stores is complete bullshit. You could at least ship the different bonus track versions around, instead of going out of your way to force people to buy the album at Best Buy or Target instead of an actual record store.

It makes you wonder if Billy Corgan ever received the age old advice of "Don't shit where you eat." Dinner is served!


monkey said...

I've never liked Smashing Pumpkins. Perhaps it was due to overexposure on the Chicago radio stations I listened to growing up (kinda like overplaying the Coug in Indiana). I always got a lot of flack for not digging on the homeboys but perhaps in the end I was the smarter one.

Anonymous said...

No one is forcing you to buy them all, douchebag.

The tracks are going to be on the internet for the fans that want them.

Poor, poor independant record stores. Who gives a shit?

Ross McLochness said...

Anonymous, obviously you've never shopped at an independent record store.

A large number of music fans would like to buy CD's from a store that isn't hobbled with financial contracts to record companies that can ultimately skew how and what they sell.

Independent record stores, by and large, aren't selling camcorders, stoves or misses & teens clothing. Thereby their employees are more knowledgable and actually care about the product they peddle.

Who gives a shit? Music fans. See you at Wal-Mart, douchebag.

Anonymous said...

Boo fucking hoo. People still buy music?

Dirk Calloway said...

No one is forcing you to buy them all, douchebag.

Thanks for the well thought out prose, Hemingway. Did you miss the part where I said I don't care if they put out 50 versions of the same thing? I won't be buying it regardless, because I imagine it's not very good.

There's something to be said for biting the hand that feeds you though, which is the point of the post. But I'm sure I don't need to defend that to you, since you're clearly a Rhodes scholar.

Anonymous said...

In case you were keeping score, it's Dirk 2 Anonymous 0! Peace, Love and Harmony, A Fan