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Win Butler Can’t Wait for Nutty Digital Music ‘Fad’ to Pass


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Win Butler, have you met Jack White? Or Prince? Because you three share a lot of opinions! Spinner picked up on a few interesting things the Arcade Fire frontman told the Scotsman recently -- namely, that AF are a staunchly album-oriented band that won't kowtow to the whims of the marketplace. "I'm not going to stop making albums because of some fad of digital distribution," Butler said. "The idea that you just have to make bad cheap stuff and sell it cheaply because the format changes, to me, is crazy." Wonder if he'd have mourned the death of the 8-track.

Prince proclaimed, "The Internet's completely over" in a Daily Mirror interview this past summer. "The Internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated." (We won't argue with him there.) "Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you." (Maybe we'd argue there.)

White put it quite poetically in a 2009 Wall Street Journal story: "Real rock & roll isn't about MySpace pages and digital music. Those are accessories. That's the scarf on the jacket of real rock & roll." But just a year later, he'd changed his tune -- a little -- telling the Christian Science Monitor he'd prefer to "use the Internet for what it's good for and try to make something new out of it" because "the two formats that are going to exist in the next decade are vinyl and digital."

Based on current music sales, White's dead on. And based on frisbee sales, some fads just don't fade. Which means Win may have to figure out a way to love those cheap, bad MP3s after all.

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