According to a dictionary, wimp is an acronym from the 80's and stands for Windows, Icons, Mice and Pull-down menus. These days you'd say GUI for graphical user interface. So the question is really, 'Are The Specials GUI's?' which is a weird way of putting it. I suppose it must mean, 'are the Specials interactive?' But wouldn't it have made better sense to ask 'Could The Specials and artists in general take advantage of the Internet to interact with their record buying fans in ways more beneficial to fan and artist alike?' Well, that's how I'd have asked the question.
Actually my question is, 'Could the record buying fans find ways to encourage their favourite bands and artists to make more records?'
I have just taken delivery of The Roddy Radiation Anthology on vinyl. I doubt Roddy will have got much of the £20 it cost to buy, probaby more like 0.20p. Is this the reason why you and others don't make many records?
Would you make us more LP's if your fans pledged £20 in advance and when enough had been raised to cover all costs, you'd record an albums worth of songs?
The other thing is, is if a band made a point of making the recording on analogue equipment from start to finish without any digitisation occuring at any point in the audio chain, then there'd be solid reason why people would choose to get a vinyl instead of an mp3, as well as the fact that with an L.P there is all the space to put in photos and text. I think The Roddy Radiation Anthology was mostly done on analog stuff apart from Desire, possibly and then all digitaly mastered, however, I think on the L.P it is 24 bit resolution, rather than 16 bit which is CD resolution. The tracks were recorded live by the sound of it, which I prefer. I think it would have sounded better without any DSP anywhere in the chain. The Clement Dodd, Prince Buster and Duke Reid recordings don't have any DSP and I think this is the way to go.
So, if the fans pledged the money, would you go and make an album using referbished early 60's recording gear?
Doesn't answer his emails, he's probably asleep. Don't recommend him as a wingman. Record companies, bad wingmen. If you end up in a brawl with a record company as your wingman, stand well back and watch. I ordered it through Amazon. Had I realized it was rare I'd have thought twice about removing the shrink wrap! But then I wouldn't have got to hear it. 4-5 boxes of the CD, how many Cd's were in each box?
This website www.vintagerecorders.co.uk/ I reckon if you recorded through one of the machines there, it would sound fantastic, kind of Norman Petty sound. If the band were situated in a side room or foyer or crypt in a church, a small stereo PA in the main all, and some mics positioned to pick up the reverb, ideally mixed live onto three tracks, two for stereo with reverb, the other control track taking just a mono dry mix, and then mix the result to acetate for pressing, and digital for people who haven't got a record player. Make the album a gate fold, put the CD in one of the sleeves and the 200 gram vinyl in the other. Now I've made myself salivate, had to eat a caramel bar.