October 31, 2012

Lot of interesting news in this item from Sub Pop today announcing that their 2003 release, The Postal Service’s Give Up, has finally gone platinum. For example, people still keep track of that sort of thing? Been so long since I’ve heard about an album going platinum that I had to go back and check how many sales that actually meant. Congratulations are in order, either way. Or maybe derision. You could probably make an argument that Give Up was the harbinger of a decade of drearily twee indie synth-pop, an album that spelled the death of guitar music or some other convoluted shit or other. I’m not going to make that point here, but one could. Someone is probably doing that very thing right now and they should email me and let me know when they post it so I can unplug my laptop for the rest of the day ahead of time.

“Released on February 9, 2003, the landmark album, led by the single “Such Great Heights,” peaked at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and has sold 1,067, 087 copies in the US to date. After Nirvana’s Bleach, Give Up is the second-biggest selling album in Sub Pop’s 24-year history.”

Let’s all go celebrate by listening to “Such Great Heights”, which is still about as close to perfect a pop song as we’ve heard in the time since it came out.

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