Who Else Hates Bonus Tracks?
Maybe “hate” is too strong, but I’ve been finding myself more annoyed lately by bonus tracks.
I’ve been picking up a lot of Pavement lately. I was always aware and appreciated them to an extent, but just recently I started spinning them more due to a friend’s suggestion.
The only annoying thing is that the copies of “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain” and “Slanted and Enchanted” I picked up are the 2004 re-issues, which are packed full of bonus tracks.
37 of them.
The original LP only had 12 tracks, and those are the only 12 I listen to.
I’m sure that there’s some real gems in there, and I wouldn’t be surprised if my friend Eric (who also recently turned me on the the woefully underrated “Brighten the Corners”) will point them out. For me, though, I feel a great disconnect with the material. I like my albums to have a certain continuity to them, and I always feel – perhaps unfairly – that bonus tracks are just unnecessary material shoe-horned in for the completist who needs any and all tracks produced.
I’m not one of those. I also can’t help but feel that if the band had initially wanted these tracks on the album…well, they would’ve been on the album.
To me, it’s sort of like putting extra chapters into a great novel. Wholly unnecessary, bloated, and distracts from the real meaty stuff that made the original so great.
Boy I’m a crank, huh?