Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Gossip: Back to work, then

It's been three years since Standing In The Way Of Control. Three years. A long time to coast on one record, and about time for The Gossip to turn out a new record:

[Beth Ditto] said: "If it doesn't do as well as Standing In The Way Of Control then it doesn't really matter - the label would think differently but I don't really care."

That isn't, of course, the politician's trick of lowering expectations so that second place can me made to look like a victory.

The new record will, naturally, be different:
Gossip had huge success in 2007 with single Standing In The Way Of Control but they're not concerned with replicating the success.

"You can't make the same record twice," said guitarist Nathan Howdeshell.

Given how they've worked the last one to death, they're not wrong. They didn't even need to make a second record.
Ditto: "You can't, and you can't expect the same results. Isn't that what crazy people do? To keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect the same results? That's the definition of insanity."

No it isn't. It's exact opposite, surely? It'd be insane to do the same thing repeatedly and expect - all other things being equal - to get different results. You wouldn't take a kettle back to the shop if it boiled water every time you switched it on.
"I really want people to like it, that's the difference," said Ditto.

So you want it to be liked, but don't care if it's successful, then. Righto.