…from a Bloomberg interview this week:
Pimm Fox (Host): So you brought us up to the 1990s, but, you stopped —
John Flansburgh: But then there’s the dynamic internet years, the failed Vodka launches [laughs], um … no we basically got into MP3s right as the whole Napster thing was happening. And we actually released an album online very early on. And, we’ve embraced a lot of technologies as they’ve come along, and what’s funny is that if you just take that on as a posture, people tend to think of you as being very market savvy, or brand — thinking about what your brand is doing. But I think for us, it’s just an excuse to do a different kind of work.
Fox: So I wanted to tie back to MP3s for just for a moment, because of course now streaming music is Pandora, is Spotify, or is all of these kinds of things —
Flansburgh: — all that money.
Fox: Right? Which you can’t necessarily get your hands around.
Flansburgh: I keep on wondering why you can’t get a legitimate statement from Spotify and Pandora. It’s like that part of it has to remain a mystery. But when you consider that everything — the records are so easy to keep now, why can’t they just pass them along to the artist?
Fox: Like tell you how many people listened…
Flansburgh: Yeah. Absolutely.
Fox: …and how many songs they listened to, and what songs they liked the most?
John Linnell: Well it’s like the IRS, the nerve center actually has the least amount of information about themselves.
Flansburgh: I think it’s more like Netflix, that they just don’t want you to know. There are so many hit shows on Netflix.
Linnell: Well I think that’s what the IRS is good at.