dear (not)paul, bollucks !
i know you've been spewing that froth so often you can recite it by heart...but the fact is, you are shirking your responsibilites to your own art by pandering to the most average common denominator. don't give me that trollop about 'blahblah-fans want this, blahblah-fans expect that'...fans expect that you will take the on a, to quote larry mullen jr, if i may, a musical journey...and they will go where you take then !
if that lame excuse you like use were true...why ever bother to record new music..? or, why put it out there for 'fans' to buy...? why even bother to add some songs to your list...you've been using that line about the other band memebers for quite sometime: why not wake up out of your self-indused fog and listen..peter buck thinks 'ram' is a great album...why not challenge your audience to find that out for themselves...because they might boo if they don't get 'hey jude' ?
quite with the excuses: this is what the real deal is, paul...you are frightened...frightened that they won't love you...frightened that they will all go on a bathroom break and not come back...so you prostitute your artistc soul to keep 'em in their seats !
does springsteen do this...no...does dave matthews do this...no...does neil young do this...no
sure, they all utilize thier hits, but they don't carry half or more thier show as a solid stack of musical logjam, just lying there, waiting to be overcome...
your buddy robert smith just sold out concert after concert, albeit in smaller venues, but sold out all tickets in minutes...and all they played were their first three albums...albums 25-30 years old...what you are saying, then, with this paltry excuse is that you cannot, as a solo artist, achieve anything even remotely like that..that your fans will not come if you do not suck their teat...and just what does that say about your artistic integrity as a solo artist ?
you think the real beatle fan will be pissed off if all he or she gets is rocky racoon, oh, darlin' or maxwells silver hammer ??
they'd love it, mate !
get over your ego, get with the real world, listen to your mates, change the frikkin' set list...FOR REAL... and rock out, dude !!
oh...and for what it's worth...give that chap mikey a cheque...he does more for your artistic soul and real fan base than all the blokes sittin' on thier arse over there at the ...ahem...real site
your ol' bloke...percy thrillington
...just another higher reachin' hillman !