Excellent interview, many thanks.I don't know if it's the passing of time or the translation but Basia's attitude towards her mother's death appear to be changing when compared to interviews around the last MB album. She seems to be more open about it now.I'd also like to remind Basia & Danny that the UK released a now difficult to find "special lovers' valentine edition" of the song "baby you're mine". The outside number is "BASH V6" for those interested. A similarly-themed single might help them once again in marketing efforts. For "baby you're mine", the even-harder-to-find flip-up case press pack contains the video (PAL format), cassette (4 tracks), and 7" record (2 tracks, BASH 6). The presentation for both of these items is well done, though I don't know if today's marketing budgets still allow for this sort of thing... - A Fan
sorry to reply to myself....obviously a 7" standalone record or press pack with a 7", cassette, and a VHS tape aren't realistic in today's market, but my point is that the *packaging* for both items made them stand apart in their respective markets and gave them added visibility for the single (whether targeted at consumers or station owners). Some kind of St. Valentine's day packaging (even just a sticker!) might help sales. As Basia mentioned, the Japanese do it extensively (indeed, recall Basia's own "Xmas" release and *many* exclusive 3" and 5" singles for the Japanese market!)- A Fan
Do they still sell singles as physical product in the UK? With downloads I didn't think too many single packages existed anymore. I do have one of these records and it is lovely, though!I don't know B&D's sitch but tales abound of bands and singers having to eat the costs of their fine album design. These days, I wonder if it would even be feasible when it comes to a single. Album, maybe? (one of the few physical albums I bought, the most recent modest mouse release, had gorgeous packaging. The paper smelled heavenly. :D
I'm replying twice because the topics are so disparate:"I don't know if it's the passing of time or the translation but Basia's attitude towards her mother's death appear to be changing when compared to interviews around the last MB album. She seems to be more open about it now."Yes, I noticed this too. I still remember the day my brother and I started to talk about "when mom died" after months of calling it "when everything happened." It's a big step just being able to say it. Hearing her made me think of this time. The message in "Amelki" and the recurring theme through the album about living in the moment and not waiting for some better time take on a deeper meaning knowing these things about her. I've always been grateful for her being so candid in these interviews, for this reason.
I have also noticed the thing you are talking about and knowing what we know I must say it was good to hear. I am happy for her that the deepest pain passed away. I understand these feelings of loosing somebody close perfectly (even if my parents are both thank God still here and in good health).It sounded exactly the same in Polish and I even have to tell you that Poles are even less eager to talk about these things openly. So this is such a big step forward. I am glad and thankful to Mark and Danny that they convinced Basia to do the Matt Bianco project! Cause even if she says she was not able to work for a long time I know that music heals the wounds!Leslie, I think you absolutely deserve all the good words that were told in the interview :-)
Nice work Krysia, Andrzej, and Leslie! I enjoyed every word. February can't come fast enough....