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That classic second album syndrome

A brief article appeared in the Billboard today, with quotes from an interview with Roger Glover and a video from the polar expedition photo shoot.

When we go in to make an album, we have no idea. We don’t sit down and have a meeting and say, ‘What are we going to do?’ We just let the music do the talking. The only thought for [Infinite] that occurred … is after a real standout album like Now What?!, what are we going to follow it up with?’ It’s almost like the classic second-album syndrome. We wanted to make it different. We didn’t want to make it sound like an extension of Now What?! So [Infinite] sounds a little heavier than Now What?!, a bit denser maybe. But, really we just jam and see what happens.

It was the record company [earMUSIC’s] idea, the [album] title and the [photo] concept. t’s always great when they come up with the idea, and I think we were all very happy that someone else was making the decisions for us. They sent us a mockup of what they were looking for, and it looked great. They said, ‘Be prepared to have a bit of fun. We’ve got some vintage Arctic clothing,’ so it was a real surprise. It looked great, although God knows how those explorers years ago survived — obviously, some of them didn’t — because [the clothes] are not that warm compared to the modern ski clothing of today.

No one wants to stop. But we know that I’m 71 now, [singer Ian] Gillan is 71, we’re all about late 60s, early 70s, and bodies have a way of not keeping up with your brain or your career. We’re all sort of approaching that point where I can’t imagine another eight years to do an album.

The time is approaching when it will end, but we don’t want to face that. We don’t actually want to make a date or a final tour or anything. We just want to carry on as long as nature allows or is kind of dignified. If we can’t do what we do anymore, then yes, it’s time to stop. But we’re still doing it, and we’re still enjoying it very much. So all we’re saying is the door is closing, but it’s not closed yet.

Read more in Billboard.

Thanks to BraveWords and Lutz Reinert for the info.

3 Comments to “That classic second album syndrome”:

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    Gabi Berg Plegniere says:

    Great šŸŽ¶

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    Adel says:

    Any hard fan DP fan will recall the commercial side of DP album the house of blue light and how Ian Gillan was disgusted to see the bill of 650k for the video of Call of the wild song. How times have changed and finally the band is coughing up all this money to promote an album. Maybe Gillan still believes that the average age of DP fans is still 18. Having said that I respect the professionalism approach of the band so all we need now is at least 4 classic songs from the album so I am not asking much. But will they deliver??!!!

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    uwe says:

    Wow, the record company actually took some time, effort and money to make the old badgers look good, cool and interesting! DP were never presented this good in their heyday. Even in the 70ies some of their promo shots – let’s face it: most – looked awful.

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