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Thursday, November 04, 2004
Hey, what the hell.
MEMO TO Q AND NOT U FROM THEIR MANAGER IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE WHERE THEY ARE SIGNED TO WARNER BROTHERS AND JUST PLAYED MADISON SQUARE GARDEN WITH CAT POWER
Look. Guys. We have a problem, OK? “Wonderful People” we’ve already released, and it did great. Best single sales in a long time. Lots of radio play. Unsurprising, cause it’s a great song, right? Fantastic fucking song. And that whole beef you’ve got going with Travis Morrison is great publicity, too. Keep that up.
Now, I know that it can be difficult to go and record your highly-anticipated third album after having a hit single, especially if you’re making a stylistic shift. That’s tough. But I had confidence in you. Lots of confidence. Good, go, explore your artistic whoosits.
But look. Guys. Prog? Fucking seriously?
I mean, OK, track one, “Wonderful People,” great. Track two, dancey, great. Track three, punky, great. Then the third track, and…flute? Need I remind you of the band primarily associated with flute? And more flutes a few track later? And then “District Night Prayer,” which is, holy shit, falsetto chorale with hand cymbals! It sounds like that Spinal Tap song “Stonehenge.”
Look. Guys. I think it’s a good album, personally; hell, “Wet Work” will be a killer second single. But it just makes no sense. It’s confusing to listen to. And that flute, yikes. So we gotta make some changes here. Call me. We’ll get a therapist in if we have to. Just lose the flute!