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Filed under : Music
On June 24, 2007
At 1:10 am
Comments : 3

I’ll be out in the country today (I’ll try not to get lost this time) but while we all wait in breathless anticipation for the iPod Song of the Week, please chew on this. Is it appropriate to rip off your old songs in order to make your new ones? Even if the old song was never released? Especially when you have rabidly attached fans who have copies of every snippet of music you ever produced, whether or not you ever put it on a CD?

Yes, yes, detractors will say all their songs sound the same anyway. Not me, though. These songs, however, do.

New Interpol song leaked this week:

Old, unreleased, Interpol song:

In conclusion, I love both songs.

(Title comes from typically oblique Paul Banks lyric in Cubed. Which just for fun has another version called Mascara.)


3 Comments for this post

  1. KP says:

    Yes, yes and yes. You can still be creative and fresh by reinterpreting what you already know.

    As DaVinci once said “Art is never finished. It is only abandoned”.

    I think he said that. Or maybe it was Oscar Wilde. Or Chrissie Hynde. I am never really sure anymore.

  2. Celia says:

    Andrew Lloyd Weber did the same thing in Jesus Christ Superstar (and possibly later scores–I don’t really know his other scores very well) with some themes that had been in the then-obscure Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I don’t mind.

  3. Becca says:

    There is nothing new under the sun. I think Kaavya Viswanathan said that.

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