Brother-and-sister indie-rock duo the Fiery Furnaces have announced they will release two new versions of their new album I'm Going Away-one recorded solo by Matthew Friedberger, one by sister Eleanor. "Only the words will remain the same," says the statement. "Though in Eleanor's case, the singer remains the same. The song, never. Or mostly never." Both come out in September. Could be great! Except we remember when another little-known indie-rock band pulled a similar stunt…..
In October, 1978, on the heels of the mega-selling Destroyer album, and a slew of comic books, pinball machines, board games and a live action made-for-TV-movie, Kiss released four "solo" albums-one each from members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Frehley's contained the lovable time-capsule cover piece, "New York Groove."
So come September, definitely expect a full-on Kiss-style Fiery Furnaces-mania to sweep the nation. Oh wait, how did it go for KISS?
Says Wikipedia: "All four solo albums made it into the Top 50 of the Billboard album chart. However, the massive preorder for these albums was soon followed by an equally enormous attempt to ship them back to the record company, followed by the subsequent discounting of these albums once sales had (very quickly) peaked. The albums were also the first Kiss albums to be seen in the 'bargain bins.'"
Ah, "bins." Here is a song that we will be hearing two new cover versions of soon apparently.