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Random Pet Peeve: “We Need”


Above is a computer “wallpaper” screen that Joe Sikoryak made for us circa 2008. You can find this and a few others on our website, under “Fun Stuff.”


I bring this up because we were pretty productive in the FSM album days. I had a great time supervising the CD line.


Usually, because we worked so hard on the master, packaging and presentation, the fans were happy with what we did. And perversely, this resulted in less discussion of the albums online—because people talk a lot when they’re unhappy. When they’re satisfied, what is there to say?


On that note, there was one thing that people used to say, and probably still do, that got under my skin—just a little bit.


This is not a logical or rational complaint on my part. Usually, it was people being nice and finding a way to express their enthusiasm and their passion for this music.


But it always annoyed me—like I said, it’s not rational.


And it’s not even really a complaint...I’m mostly just making conversation.


The thing that annoyed me was when people responded to an album’s release by saying, “Now, we need...” and naming the next CD they want.


For example, when we did Star Trek II, it was, “Now we need Star Trek III.”


Well, yes, obviously. And when we did Star Trek III, it was, “We need Star Trek IV.”


The point, and what I discovered, was there was really no end to “We need...”


Which is fine! In fact, it was great. It was absolutely essential for us to run a business—to have a deep reservoir of passionate collectors who were never truly sated.


But just as a personal level, usually, when a CD came out, it represented the culmination of months or sometimes years of toil on my part and the part my colleagues. Costs, setbacks, struggles, compromises—and finally, triumph.


Having people be happy and satisfied, if only for a moment or two, when they finally got their grubby hands on the CD was just a little emotional nugget to help us feel it had all been worth it.


And when it pivoted in five minutes (sometimes sooner) to “Now we need the next thing” I remember always feeling...well...do you really need it?


We need food, shelter, companionship. We need a Leonard Rosenman CD—really?


You’ll notice I do very little complaining online. I’m pretty accepting of the discourse and opinions and truly, I don’t really care.


It’s not for me to tell people what to think, or demand that they kiss our ass or respond in a certain way.


In fact, I think business owners who harp on their customers on Yelp or reddit or whatever and are always demanding loyalty and praise are, well, losers.


Lately I’ve kept a “scratch file” of notes and topics that I could talk about on my blog. And I was reminded of this and jotted it down...and thought I’d discuss it.


So that’s all! I’ve created a message board thread if people want to discuss this. Thanks! (Although you can post comments here, I think you have to sign up to wix or something, and I know most people won’t bother to do that.)

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Lukas Kendall,the Alan Silvestri "CHiPs" releases that you made gave me a joy that I had not felt since the anticipation of a teenaged boy awaiting the season premiere when the show was actually in production. I still listen to the music you put together to this day. It was an enormous thing to hear the music that I had enjoyed from cassette recordings in front of the TV.... Recordings off of local channels or TNT and so on...and to hear this music in stereo!!!! For me,that was enormous!!! I listened to it in stereo. I listened to it on the left speaker. I listened to it on the right speaker. In response to your post here,all I can say…

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Lukas Kendall
Lukas Kendall
23 avr. 2022
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And thank YOU for your help with the research on those album, Larry!

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Mark Ford
Mark Ford
22 avr. 2022

It used to irk me too when people did that. It almost negated the joyful celebration of a long sought after release soon to be in our hands. The other pet peeve for me was the "I'm not buying this watermelon" schtick some indulged in.

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Lukas Kendall
Lukas Kendall
22 avr. 2022
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Ha! Yeah, the other one. The guy who goes into the supermarket, lifts the watermelon above his head and yells, "I AM NOT BUYING THIS WATERMELON!!!"


As in a certain FSM board member who would pop into threads about new releases to say he wouldn't be buying it...which is fine, honestly!

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Victor Field
Victor Field
22 avr. 2022

I'm not in the business but I can sympathise.

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Amer Zahid
Amer Zahid
22 avr. 2022

I think it's an early phase of our fan boys mode and sure enough we all simmer down and smell the coffee. It happens. But I'm sure it's irritating for the producers who would rather want to hear about what the fans actually react to this new release which they (us?) wanted all along. I've heard this disappointment from Mike Matessino, Neil S Bulk, Roger Figelson, MV Gerhard etc. Let's enjoy what we got and how we go it made. That's more important for now. This is the reason why I love getting into podcasts, articles, past reviews, interviews on a new expansion or release because of the heavy excitement that goes with it. It's a whole new interactive experienc…

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A.M. Fedec
A.M. Fedec
22 avr. 2022

Lucas, thanks for your hard work! The other interesting comment that I remembering seeing after a release was, "But they didn't include that 5 second clip of music at the beginning of the main title! What happened? Can we get that in the next release?" (Or something like that.) I know it's a human thing, but just can't people be satisfied? :)

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