Saturday, 1 October 2011
Repackage, Reissue, Ripoff
This week saw the repackaging of all the albums of my favourite band of the 80s and also the back catalogue of another group from that period who, seemingly, if you believe what you read single handedly changed the music scene during that decade.
Anyway, all this repackaging and remastering is beginning to get on my nerves. I know that I have mentioned before that I bought the remastered Screamadelica and I have also said that afterwards I felt like a mug. I just can't understand why these things are remastered, well I can, it's just to make money. But what it says to me is, at the time we released a sub standard product which we weren't really that proud of and it has been remastered to sound the way it should have in the first place. Well, if that's the case I want a free copy of the remastered album or my money back as the one that you sold me at the time, you sold under false pretences and all the time in interviews you were saying that this is the best thing we've done, blah de blah.
I have decided to say no to any re-releases, even Fall ones from now on. The Reids, Marr's and Gillespie's of this world, if you want me to spend money give me something new, fresh, original which is more deserving of my money than say, the new Death In Vegas album (not likely, as it is brilliant) and if you can't, fucking retire!
Here is an extremely bad cover version by the Reid brothers
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Alphabet Street
oh, and the demo of Upside Down available on the repackaged Psychocandy
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Upside Down