“Stephan Jenkins, lead singer of alternative band Third Eye Blind, is the latest person to agree that the album format is better off dead,” Greg Sandoval reports for CNET.
“Jenkins, whose band is known for such hits as “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Jumper” and “How’s it Going to Be,” gave the keynote address at the SanFran MusicTech Summit on Monday,” Sandoval reports.
Sandoval reports, “‘I don’t think it’s necessary or useful,’ Jenkins told several hundred conference attendees. ‘The album is an arbitrary concept. It’s not something that has to exist.’
Sandoval continues, “In his speech, he mentioned that he disliked ‘album filler.’ This is a term used to describe the practice of loading albums with so-so quality in order to meet the required number of songs for an album… Jenkins is putting his money where his mouth is. He said Third Eye Blind plans to release three songs on November 18.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Spark” for the heads up.]
Arbitrary concept. Artificial construct. Case closed.
Perhaps the flawed “album” model is an artificial construct that was designed to grab more money by prepackaging the average (or worse) with a hit or two (at best)? We think that the health of the “album” shouldn’t be worried about by anyone other than those who profited from it. The industry can be “concerned” all they like and for as long as they wish, but at some point they should probably wake up and realize that the rip-off “album” paradigm they invented and nursed along for all these years has long since died. Have the funeral already and let’s get on with it. – MacDailyNews, January 05, 2005