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To contrast, what do you think about the bands who are saying they no longer want to record albums because the album is dead?
We'll see. I guess people that say the album is dead just want to release singles, and I guess you can do that. I just think it's better to put out a whole body of work — they used to do that back in the '60s, you know, bands did that. There's kind of a reason that we moved towards a band putting out a whole collection of songs. Maybe it doesn't have to be the twelve-song album, maybe it needs to be the four- or five-song vignette. Think about it from your perspective as a journalist — if artists are releasing singles every six months, you've suddenly got a lot more stuff to cover. I wonder how that works and what happens to your fans that you're just barraging. They like your band, but they also like fifteen other bands, and you continually barrage them with single after single, I think it gets a little bit exhausting for the listener. I may be wrong. We haven't gone that way yet, but I'm sure that we would. We'll let other people work that out first. We want to be groundbreaking musically; we're not necessarily trying to be groundbreaking in some sort of commercial-marketing way.
You did record the album with the same band that you're out on the road with. How did that change the process, since you and Johnny Hickman have usually been the core in the past?
In some ways, it went a lot faster, because there were more hands on deck. It's interesting, Johnny and I have done this process where I write songs differently, and he write songs differently, and then we get together, and also write songs together and teach them to the band. We use different people on different songs, and that's kind of the way we've done Cracker, because it manages the personal dynamics of the band better. We were both in bands that had, like, six people, before we were in Cracker, with a lot of people making decisions. So when we came to Cracker, we're like, "We're going to make all of the decisions and write the songs, and that's going to be it." So this is us sort of stepping away and going, "OK, Frank [Funaro, drummer], Sal [Maida, bassist], me, Johnny, we're going to be the band, and we're going to write this record together." That's what we did, so it was a little bit different.