"Let's just get the next record out"

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"Let's just get the next record out"
« on: March 27, 2007, 06:48:03 PM »
http://www.popmatters.com/pm/news/article/32394/ben-folds-launches-a-bitchin-concert-tour/



Ben Folds launches a bitchin’ concert tour
by Len Righi
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (MCT)
27 March 2007

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Ben Folds is between records, and that, says the pop-rock singer-songwriter-pianist, means his concerts are likely to be one of two things, “a greatest hits show or something really bizarre.”

“Usually what happens in these interim periods, it ends up being a free-for-all,” he says over the phone from his Nashville, Tenn., home, after being asked what to expect at his new show. “There’s no real agenda - no promo, no pressure.”

But will he perform his hilarious, deadpan-geek cover of Dr. Dre’s gangsta rap track “Bitches Ain’t Sh-t” that made it onto the Hot 100 as well as the Hot Digital Tracks chart?

“Of course,” he says of the song, which in his hands becomes a swipe at suburban hip-hop culture. “That (tune) breaks my rule for covers - I use a song one, two tours at most. I feel I helped write it, that it’s my hit, too.”

And does he feel uncomfortable using the n-word?

“When we were in the studio doing it, people were stopping by saying, `Have you lost your ... mind?’ I knew we had a hit then,” says Folds.

“Of course, there is some discomfort level (about using the n-word). But I talked to (bassist) Willie Weeks, a black man who played on Randy Newman’s (song) `Rednecks’ (which also used the n-word) and he said, `That Randy’s crazy.’ He told me not to worry about it. ... Of course, Randy Newman had an awesome point in `Rednecks.’ I have no point in my song.”

Folds’ most recent studio album, “Songs for Silverman,” a ballad-heavy disc about growing older, came out in April 2005.

However, last October, he released the compilation disc “Supersunnyspeedgraphic,” a collection of previously released material from three EPs released in 2003 and 2004, the Internet and a movie soundtrack.

While “Supersunnyspeedgraphic” smartly showcases Folds’ edgier songwriting and impressive array of musical influences, Folds is somewhat self-conscious in discussing it, perhaps because in some quarters it was slammed as a marketing ploy.

“All I can really do, months after having released something, is just criticize it,” he offers. “My attitude is, `Let’s just get the next record out.’ ...

“A lot of the songs were Internet-only releases that I decided needed to be on a real piece of plastic. They were very successful on the Internet, but I didn’t think they would last. I was surprised how well they held together.”

Folds, 40, a Winston-Salem, N.C., native, came to national attention in the early 1990s as frontman for Ben Folds Five. The guitarless alt-rock act released a self-titled debut disc in 1995, but broke through with 1997’s “Whatever and Ever Amen,” which included the hits “Brick,” a ballad about abortion, “Song for the Dumped” and “Battle of Who Could Care Less.” Folds went solo with 2001’s widely praised “Rockin’ the Suburbs,” playing nearly all of the instruments himself.

These days, his name is almost invariably invoked whenever a writer needs a handy point of comparison to describe a new piano-playing pop-rock artist. And how does Folds feel about that?

“That’s as flattering as it gets,” he replies, “but I take it with a grain of salt. When I was starting out, it was very, very frustrating hearing (himself compared to) Billy Joel over and over again. ... It was insulting because people making the comparison didn’t mean it in a nice way. And that was doubly insulting for Billy Joel, implying that he was washed up in some kind of way.”
mel (1:10:14 AM): love ben folds or burn!

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Offline SinginJen

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Re: "Let's just get the next record out"
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2007, 07:02:25 PM »
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“Of course, there is some discomfort level (about using the n-word). But I talked to (bassist) Willie Weeks, a black man who played on Randy Newman’s (song) `Rednecks’ (which also used the n-word) and he said, `That Randy’s crazy.’ He told me not to worry about it. ... Of course, Randy Newman had an awesome point in `Rednecks.’ I have no point in my song.”

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Re: "Let's just get the next record out"
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2007, 09:37:13 PM »
Thanks. :)

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Re: "Let's just get the next record out"
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2007, 09:56:02 PM »
you beat me to it!  i was gonna post that one!
and i'm so high not even you and all your love could bring me down

http://www.last.fm/user/foldsisgod/

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Offline Allison

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Re: "Let's just get the next record out"
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2007, 10:07:32 PM »
Someone's gmail works again. :)
mel (1:10:14 AM): love ben folds or burn!

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Re: "Let's just get the next record out"
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2007, 06:10:53 AM »
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“My attitude is, `Let’s just get the next record out.’

Reading this (the review in general) has made me realise that it's now been almost 2 years since SFS... Which sounds absolutely crazy! I mean, I remember that like it was yesterday (the build up, etc.). I remember going on the .com page, and being suprised that the Super D artwork had been replaced by that for "Landed", picking out the beautiful lyric "and I twisted it wrong just to make it right" from the 30 second sample. That was pretty exciting, considering he hadn't released an album in 4 years (I got into Ben in late 2004, and, after buying all of his albums in a week, I was dreading waiting for the man to make something new). Really, I think it's time for something new. DON'T YOU??!

I know we got SSSG in October, but, meh, that was just a nice little compilation album... WE WANT NEW MEAT.

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Re: "Let's just get the next record out"
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2007, 09:11:54 AM »
Tru dat. Thanks for posting, Allison. It was a good read. I have a little hope now!
My new philosophy is that a crappy tape deck somewhere plays a greatest hits collection of strange and tender moments, lost, stranded, and forgotten. I'll meet you there.

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Re: "Let's just get the next record out"
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2007, 10:42:28 AM »
WE WANT NEW MEAT.


AMEN! Entire reason I posted this was that one little quote.
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Re: "Let's just get the next record out"
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2007, 02:41:49 PM »
Isn't the new album supposed to come out somewhere around....now?
Currently writing my first album....hopefully will record it soon.

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Re: "Let's just get the next record out"
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2007, 06:12:58 PM »
Soon, I hope. My source of knowledge is no longer on tour, he had to go and break himself.


I'll have to weasel information out of the others now. Drat.
mel (1:10:14 AM): love ben folds or burn!

Re: "Let's just get the next record out"
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2007, 07:24:01 PM »
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?My attitude is, `Let?s just get the next record out.?

Reading this (the review in general) has made me realise that it's now been almost 2 years since SFS... Which sounds absolutely crazy! I mean, I remember that like it was yesterday (the build up, etc.). I remember going on the .com page, and being suprised that the Super D artwork had been replaced by that for "Landed", picking out the beautiful lyric "and I twisted it wrong just to make it right" from the 30 second sample. That was pretty exciting, considering he hadn't released an album in 4 years (I got into Ben in late 2004, and, after buying all of his albums in a week, I was dreading waiting for the man to make something new). Really, I think it's time for something new. DON'T YOU??!

I know we got SSSG in October, but, meh, that was just a nice little compilation album... WE WANT NEW MEAT.


Couldn't agree more. I'm pumped for a new album. I love the anticipation of new records. I really wasn't into ben until after the realease of SFS. Ben was really the reason I got more interested in music. Of course I new about Brick and Army, and my brother was a huge Ben Folds Five fan, but I didn't know much about the other stuff. I mean, I was only 4 when the first Ben Folds Five album came out.
Anyway, about the anticipation thing. I'm not counting the release of SSSG. I haven't really been paying attention for a big Ben release, since SFS came out before I really got interested in ben's musc more. Now, that I own just about every song of his, i want a new album even more.
I was able to know enough about music by now that I was totally pumped for the new Guster album last year that the anticipation thrill was pretty cool.

Bascially, what I'm trying to say is that I want new stuff! And it better rock!

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Re: "Let's just get the next record out"
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2007, 01:38:42 AM »
I wonder whether Ben's creative focus has been a bit split between thinking about his new album and the one he's producing for this unnamed female singer (I still think it's Amanda Palmer), a bit like when he was producing Shatner's album prior to SFS. So hopefully when he's finished we'll get his full attention on creating an awesome new album.