Hurry! Only 25 Shopping Days Left!

Shopping at this time of year takes on a surreal quality even if you’re just out for groceries. I usually try to plan my Xmas shopping so that I know exactly what I’m going to buy for each person on my list and it’s a slick operation that allows me to pick up the items and get clear of the madness and back into the pub with my friends as quickly as possible. I was in town the other day and was confronted with the traditional bazaar of Stuff you can buy if you’re not sure what to get someone. Was particular puzzled this year by a few things (maybe someone can shed some light on the following);

Why is it that bands (e.g. Oasis) now feel obliged to use their Best Of to make their career appear better than it actually was?

Why has Jeremy Clarkson entitled his new book “And Another Thing: The World According to Clarkson Volume 2” when no one was in the least bit interested in the first thing?

(Most annoyingly) Why do I only remember that I need a copy of “It’s A Wonderful Life” on DVD at this time of year when it gets re-priced at double its normal value?

6 thoughts on “Hurry! Only 25 Shopping Days Left!”

  1. “Why is it that bands (e.g. Oasis) now feel obliged to use their Best Of to make their career appear better than it actually was?”

    I’m not sure I see your point here to be honest… Oasis, whatever your opinion of them, were one of the biggest bands of the ’90s and had a succession of chart hits. They were never *not* gonna release a Best Of! Or is it that they’ve mostly picked the earlier, better stuff? I’ve not seen the tracklisting I’m afraid.

    “Why has Jeremy Clarkson entitled his new book “And Another Thing: The World According to Clarkson Volume 2” when no one was in the least bit interested in the first thing?”

    Hehe! It’s quite apt, really, as “and another thing…” is a stock phrase of smug middle-aged ranters like Clarkson whom no-one actually listens to 🙂

    “(Most annoyingly) Why do I only remember that I need a copy of “It’s A Wonderful Life” on DVD at this time of year when it gets re-priced at double its normal value?”

    D’oh! Can you get it any cheaper online?

  2. Yeah, see the tracklisting. Why can’t bands be honest and put out a collection of the singles they released. Jamiroquai have just done the same thing omitting three of the four singles from “Return Of The Space Cowboy” and one from “A Funk Odyssey” and instead including two new songs. Maybe it’s more of an effort to make money in this case. Either way, surely people want all the releases (single edits that they might not have got) on one disc rather than new songs that don’t begin to compare to their fellow tracks, or repeats of album tracks they’ve already got?

  3. Can’t you see the evil plan? Noel Gallagher puts this “best of” together, because like it or not the label was going to release one, as the band is out of contract soon.

    In a few years the label releases the singles collection and all the fans who bought Noel’s compilation then go out and buy the singles collection. If they want to be especially evil they re-press each individual single and sell it as a £60 box set. It all depends on the marketing profile of your typical Oasis fan. I’d imagine they’re less susceptible than, say, die-hard Bjork fans, who buy blister-packed mini CD singles, live versions of each album, etc. Bjork’s label have been shameless in exploiting her fans with all sorts of limited editions.

  4. Just looked at the tracklisting… I’m not sure Oasis and Jamiroquai *have* done the same thing. To be sure (to be sure), including a couple of rubbish new songs instead of decent early singles is a cynical move, but there’s no new songs on the Oasis record; it’s a selection of album tracks (plus 4 B-sides) chosen by Noel. In fact (and I may be wrong here), I seem to recall seeing an interview somewhere where Noel said that this was a “Best Of”, not a “Greatest Hits”, which is why it’s not a simple singles collection. And to be fair, if you’d spent a career recording a mixed bag of classic pub-rock and absolute shite, you’d want to include the good stuff too!

    But I do agree that, whatever the motives behind the current record, the label will certainly put out a regular singles collection in a couple of years’ time, and all their fans will shell out again.

  5. But it’s all academic really; you can pick up “Definitely Maybe” and “What’s The Story” for £5 each from Fopp or wherever, and then you’ll have all the Oasis you really need anyway! :p

  6. True! I made sure I got a copy of “Songbird” and “The Importance of Being Idle” though because I do like ’em. I think Liam’s theory is born out because they’ve deliberately left off “Whatever” and iTunes isn’t carrying it. It’s an ego maniac’s fantasy aswell, isn’t it? A band member can choose stuff they’d not been allowed to release as singles by the record company and snub ex-members by not including certain tracks.

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