a. Poupee de Cire, Poupee de Son (Serge Gainsbourg cover) – Arcade Fire
b. No Love Lost (Joy Division Cover) – LCD Soundsystem
This is how NOT to do it.
Back in August, it was announced that a split 7″ would be available at the shows that The Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem were be playing together in September and October. Of course, fans of both bands (and I imagine that these bands have a great deal of fan-overlap) were eager to get their hands on this.
Trouble started when people reported that availability at the shows was sporadic, and many fans left empty handed. Coupled with the fact that there was no word on exactly how limited the single was, or whether there would be any left for sale in the bands web stores (as promised in the press release), panic ensued.
As a result, when a few singles ended up on eBay, they were being sold for over $60 (on average), and a few sold for over $100. Right now, because of the lack of communication from the bands involved, the single is being sold on eBay for between $20-30. Fans eager to get a copy caught a break when it finally ended up on the Arcade Fire webstore for $5. This was exciting, until you went to the check-out, and the cheapest they would ship it to you was with a $20 courier service….
The DFA store started selling it yesterday, for $7, and with shipping coming in at a couple of dollars. What an ordeal.
All of this is exactly how not to release a single for bands of this popularity, as it plays right into the hands of scalpers looking to make a quick buck. While I think that fans who paid $100+ for this single are foolish for doing so (especially when it wasn’t clear yet that the singles wouldn’t be available in the web stores), most hard core vinyl collectors understand the drive to maintain the “complete” collection, and so should the bands. This is especially true when a single being marketed as a “limited edition” – and this can mean anything from 100 copies to 10 000 copies. Bands of this size need to let their fans know exactly how “limited” their releases are so that they can help their fans maintain some kind of perspective.
On LCD’s side is a Joy Division cover, “No Love Lost.” Fairly straightforward cover, not unlike their cover of Harry Nillson’s “Jump Into the Fire” (the “Daft Punk is Playing at my House” B-Side), in that it faithfully covers the song while giving it the LCD twist to it. Highly recommended for this song alone (listen to the Mp3 on this blog).
The Arcade Fire cover the Serge Gainsbourg-written, France Gall-sung “Poupee De Cire, Poupee De Son (listen to the Mp3 here). This sounds like this was written in Paris in the 1960’s, and still maintains the Arcade Fire’s own trademarked “swell” near the end. This might be my favourite vocal performance from Regine, who sounds so different from her other songs.
Again, buy it at the DFA store. Don’t waste your money on the Arcade Fire’s webstore or eBay.