I love Duffy. She was a bright spark last year with a fabtastic debut album. I saw her in concert a couple of weeks ago and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
The thing is, there is a new recording by Duffy that has now been released. It’s her powerhouse version of the classic “Stay With Me Baby”. I never thought anyone could give Bette Midler a run for her money but Duffy certainly has.
The catch is that it has been released on the double CD soundtrack for the new movie “The Boat That Rocked”. It is the only “new song” alongside 35 old songs. Some great old songs to be sure but most of them we have already bought several times over.
Not a problem, I thought. I will go buy the Duffy song legally as all good people should. But I can’t. In their infinite wisdom, Universal Music have obviously told all the download stores that they cannot sell the song individually, that if anyone wants it, they have to buy the whole double album just to get one song. In other words, it will cost me $30 to buy a song that clocks in at under four minutes!
So, while on one hand, Universal Music are crying poor about illegal downloading, on the other hand they have made yet another decision that will actually drive people to illegal downloading.
I just shake my head at the music industry. Record companies had the chance to get in at the ground floor with the technology of downloading but for reasons of greed, ego and blinkered vision, they chose to stick their heads in the sand. And then they cry poor and start harassing and intimidating their very own customer base and wonder why they are so hated. Geez.
So, if like me, you want to get this new Duffy recording, you can wait and see if Universal will decide to release it as a single (no guarantee) or fork out for the whole double album. If you don’t already have many of the songs included then you’ll be in for a treat. But if you do already have the old, recycled songs then you’ll just have to grin and bear it – and stick another pin in the record industry voodoo doll.
In the meantime, here is a live recording of Duffy performing the song in Australia.