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You have no idea how shocked I was to see Athlete’s Tourist and Massive Attack’s 100th Window among a great, messy bulk of CDs that were on sale for only RM9.90. Nestled among them were other dubious and creepy titles, such as Everlasting Love Songs Collection X and a few other compilations that should not even have seen the light of day.

I saved the two earlier CDs from impending doom, taking them to the counter immediately.

The only thing about the two CDs that I bought was this: they are copy-controlled. Sigh.

That aside, Savage Garden’s Truly Madly Completely had been staring back at me from everywhere. I almost feel guilty for not getting it. Looking through the tracklist, I thought I was transported back to the late 90s.

Ah, those were the times when I would squeal everytime they came on television or the radio, keep track of chart listings to ensure that they are still on top, cheer whenever they received awards, maintain an unofficial website dedicated to them, and feel elated hearing my voice on air because I, er, voted for them to stay on the local charts, too.

(shakes head)

Those were great times, indeed. Then there was the concert, where I sang myself hoarse, got a sore throat and still had to drag myself to school the next day.

Two albums only, and already one greatest hits compilation. Man.

Fine, fine: stop cringing, already.

Admit it, we all go through that embarrassing ‘fangirl/fanboy’ phase where we worship the first artistes we thought we knew so well.

At least you will never hear me proclaiming my love for Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync or even the Spice Girls…

Sheesh, it has been that long, huh?

On air now: Can’t Stand It, Wilco

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  1. Ah, that’s some good music there… Apart from N’ Sync and the Spice Girls that is!

    I took a look at Truly Madly Completely the other day, but I’ve spent soo much money this side of Christmas… So if I do get it, it’ll have to be in the new year.

    Nikki-ann | 12/12/05 05:35 AM

  2. 9.90 for copy-controlled seems fair. esp to me since i know that itunes will actually just play it

    soporific | 12/12/05 11:47 PM

  3. Can you elaborate on the copy controlled thing?

    Ali | 13/12/05 03:13 AM

  4. Oh, nevermind. I got it.

    Well, copy controlled or not, no cd is safe from me. If I can’t rip it, I can just record it in an audio editor and encode it in mp3. It’s not like I’m distributing the file or anything. Just want 1 or 2 tracks from the cd in my playlist. That’s all.

    Ali | 13/12/05 03:19 AM

  5. Nikki-ann – I think Truly Madly Completely will be a good buy only if you do not have any of their previous albums. :)

    Soporific – Well, I’ve never quite seen any CDs going for that low a price. Then again, judging from the reviews, not many people like Athlete’s Tourist…

    Ali – Yeah, I store mp3s for the sake of convenience. Can’t be bothered to keep switching CDs now, can we…

    Strizzt | 13/12/05 07:57 PM

  6. Savage Garden’s two albums had enough good songs for one BRILLIANT album… pity about the not so good songs though…

    oh well, there’s always the compilation. hehe

    eyeris | 14/12/05 02:29 PM

  7. Eyeris – Heh. I love their debut album, though. It wasn’t that soppy (more rock/dance-ish pop), but I never did understand how Truly Madly Deeply got such a wide following.

    Indeed, no one’d go wrong with the compilation…

    Strizzt | 14/12/05 08:34 PM

  8. savage garden had enough good songs for a brilliant single perhaps.

    ali, the whole idea of copy-control is not in whether it is safe from us or not, its in the principle of the thing. insofar, no cc cd has been unrippable by iTunes. but the problem is that it can be deemed illegal with regards to DRM laws.

    by not purchasing CC ‘discs’ (not CDs since according to industrial standards a CC disc is not a CD) it is a stement to the industry. if we can force EMI, the most widespread user of CC to lose enough sales, that’s a clear and present message to the industry at large.

    soporific | 17/12/05 10:54 PM

  9. Soporific – Is the copy-controlled thing still going on? I’ve only seen the discs coming from EMI. All those talk about it seems to have died down, too.

    Strizzt | 19/12/05 08:45 PM

  10. well talk has died (not like there was much of it to begin with) because most people have decided one way or another.

    for me, i’ve chosen not to buy them. sometimes warner or most recently, sony (big hoohah about how it implants its software in ur pc and it becomes a virus/security threat) gets clever and tries to bamboozle the customer.

    soporific | 20/12/05 03:11 PM

  11. Soporific – Yeah, I suppose they’re fiddling about with some other new technology… it didn’t really start out well did it?

    This is interesting: http://justafan.org/

    Strizzt | 20/12/05 09:15 PM

  12. these things never end well. they’re just trying to screw their customers. that’s not the way you run any business.

    soporific | 23/12/05 11:22 AM

  13. Soporific – Money, money, money.

    Strizzt | 23/12/05 08:50 PM

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