Sunday, May 20, 2007

Speaking of Downloading

Yes, I do it under the radar.
No, I really do still buy CD's after I find out if I like them.

The one big drawback of downloading (well, leaving the sound quality out and not having the liner notes and possibly lyric sheets) is that sometimes people put things up wrong.

A few weeks ago I was driving down the highway listening to one of my old favorites that I'd only had on cassette, Bowie's 'Never Let Me Down' which I know most Bowie fans hate, but I like selected songs--most particularly the title track. The title track is right in the middle, and I'm stuck in traffic, so we've run through the first half and all of a sudden something comes on that I KNOW isn't Bowie, certainly not 'Never Let Me Down,' but vaguely familiar when I realize that it's a COVER of 'Never Let Me Down Again,' by Depeche Mode done by some metal/punk band with both a male and female lead singer. How did anyone ever think that was Bowie????

So now, I have to find the single song and download it.

Then again Bowie for some reason. Listening to what is supposed to be the Labyrinth soundtrack (the FREE quality of downloading will prompt you to download things you would never buy) and thinking again, "THIS IS NOT BOWIE--NO WAY IN HELL IS THIS BOWIE," and listening to the lyrics I don't think this could be on the Labyrinth soundtrack. But, hey, it's a really beautiful song. Quick Yahoo of the lyrics and I discover that Dead Can Dance had a song called....'INTO THE LABYRINTH.' D'Oh!

And finally, listening to Shiny Toy Guns at work, new album (you'd think that would be simple, right? Rip the whole album, put it out to share?) and a song comes on and I think, "Did they cover 'Puttin' on the Ritz'? Did they cover 'Puttin' on the Ritz' precisely like Taco covered 'Puttin' on the Ritz'? NO, this is, in fact, 'Puttin' on the Ritz' by Taco. Quick Yahoo and I learn that STG has a song on their album called 'Ritz' which is 2:46, considerably shorter than Taco's song.

The first one is frustrating. The second one reminded me that I really do like Dead Can Dance (which my husband had conveniently downloaded at some other point, and I didn't realize) and the third will probably prompt me to go out and buy the Shiny Toy Guns CD. So are the mistakes deliberate? Is it some vast conspiracy to bump you along to other artists?

Probably not.

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