Being a new-ish fan at the time, I was stunned and delighted to hear “Domino Dancing” for the first time on US radio. That was back in the pre-Internet days when most often one didn’t know new music was imminent until one first heard it on the radio, saw it on MTV, or stumbled across a physical copy in a store.
I was so incredibly psyched for “Introspective.” Imagine my disappointment when I was finally able to drive to the record store after a long week at school, only to discover what appeared to be a stop-gap type release that contained only four new (to me at the time) songs, a single that was released in the US six or seven months before (which was a lifetime at the age of 16) and a b-side which wasn’t one of their best. My conventional mind at the time would have loved a standard 10 track album. Having said that, if they had gone that route the likes of “Losing My Mind” and “One of the crowd” wouldn’t have been on it as those tracks hadn’t been conceived of before the time of “Introspective” being recorded and released.
About six or seven months after “Introspective” The Cure released “Disintegration” which was mostly longer form tracks, ten on vinyl and 12 on cassette and CD. This was a VERY long album to release in 1989 on any format and a bold thing to do. It was a sign-post of the emerging CD age. It became a relatively big seller in America for something on the fringe, experimental side, though it was coming out of rock which had mainstream acceptance in the States. For such a long album the quality was consistently high throughout. Even back in 1982 Prince’s “1999” was a single cassette and double LP of 10 longer form, mostly electronic (though not dance) tracks and it was a big seller. I hasten to add though, that as Questlove observed in a retrospective of Prince’s prime years catalog, Prince was a master of getting electronic instruments to sound organic, such as on “Little Red Corvette”, which was basically an electronic track that sounded rock.
In the US in 1988, I didn’t know anyone who purchased vinyl albums, all of my friends bought cassettes. I suspect that was true of most kids. I think PSB could have still followed their concept of fewer longer form tracks, if it had seven or eight tracks on the main album and they were all original recordings of unreleased material, and if they had maybe saved the mixes of “Always on My Mind” and “I want a dog” as bonus tracks for a longer cassette and CD release, like The Cure did for “Disintegration.” I think they could have even released “Introspective” as a single cassette, single CD, and double LP with ten longer form tracks, if at least eight of them were new recordings. I think this would have been a bold thing to do at this point and would have been a much more satisfying release for their fans and the mainstream audience alike.
I don’t know what the other three or four original tracks for this hypothetical, expanded “Introspective” would have been. I think “Don Juan” disco mix could have gone on there with “Bounce” replacing “Don Juan” as the b-side of “Domino Dancing.” “Bounce” definitely has that late 80s cassette single vibe to it.
As much as I love “I get excited”, which is an ace track, I think PSB thought it sounded too much like their last album to include. On the other hand, “The sound of the atom splitting” would have been just too weird for a mainstream audience to put on there. Personally, I would have preferred if they had included the “base mix” of “Domino Dancing” on the main album rather than the “disco mix” as it’s edgier.
Even back then PSB were prolific song writers, so I’m sure they had enough high quality material at hand, had they decided to go in the direction I’m suggesting.
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