Today’s rather exciting rumour is that Sony have picked up “I Trawl the Megahertz” for a release in “All Formats” for October 2016. I’m particularly looking forward to the limited edition wax cylinder box set, but there will no doubt be minidisc, 8 track cartridges and cassettes available, and for those of us fancying a dip into the digital world, I’d be surprised if “streams” of the new-fangled “real audio” format were not slipped onto a torrent site somewhere (never the same stream twice, as Heraclitus famously complained).
Exciting times indeed.
This is all the more amusing, since in the Jason Cohen interview just posted, Paddy explains how he had had difficulty persuading Muff Winwood even to pitch it to Sony:
“What actually happened was I went in and said I wanted to make this record without me singing on it, like a large instrumental with a woman speaking this monologue I’d written and pieced together from radio fragments, almost like she was telling the story of my life. I absolutely love it, I’ve got this demo, and the beauty of it for me is I don’t have to listen to my voice but I can shape the whole artistic thing because I’ve written it.
“I thought it might appeal to people in the way that a certain novel catches on with people, or a certain film. It was a bit like an audio book or a soundtrack to a film and Sony said to me – well, let me not be impersonal – Muff Winwood, he said he could sell a Prefab Sprout record if I sing on it – when he says “sell,” he means get it through the company – and if I don’t sing on it it’s a tough proposition, and the length of it meant that it’s not really editable for singles it was about 22 minutes long this piece, and there were five other pieces that were instrumental and one song that I sang on for about a minute and a half, and it was quite jazzy and quite orchestral and very sophisticated sounding, that was the idea.
And he said look – there wasn’t even animosity – but he said if you sing on some stuff and it’s a bunch of songs I could so something with you and if you don’t do that I can’t let you do it. And because the contract had run out just prior to the tour – we didn’t realize – and Sony didn’t realize, they were putting records out after our contract had technically ended.”
So there may be just a hint of “nah nah nah naaar nah” about this deal with Sony. But very welcome anyway.