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Date: Tue, 20 Sep 1994 15:55:13 -0400
From: Chris Camfield <ccamfiel[at]>
Subject: songwriter output, albums, and the JBC

A long subject line, I know. But some thoughts have been running through
my head lately regarding this.

We probably all know that the media (and us, in discussion) have referred
to the unreliable quality of the Pat's albums. (I guess that the usual
opinion is Fishcoteque-BPSP-Cult-Condition-Waiting as good-bad-good-bad-good.
Or is it?)

It strikes me that compared with a lot of people his age (well, I suppose it
varies), Pat writes an awful lot of songs. To compare with arch-nemesis
Sting *grin* (joking) who I don't think is much older, Sting has put out 4
albums since 1985 and Pat has written put out 6, I think. Plus every couple
of albums, there seems to be a compilation released.

Now, my question is, does anyone think Pat might do better to release albums
less frequently, so as to put an overall higher quality of songs on each album?
(Or is the average song quality just fine? :) It seems to me that other
musicians might consign more songs to the B-side category and release fewer

Of course, it wouldn't be a problem if the compilations got a lot of press,
but they don't. It's a bit unfair that the media doesn't or can't take into
account the fact that Pat writes so many songs. :)


PS what is this "Vodka girls" (1994) referred to on the WWW page? A song
released for some magazine? (I forget the reference, though I was just
looking at it...)

Christopher Camfield (ccamfiel[at]
"Wherever we set foot, we tread upon some bit of history" (Cicero)
"Oh Sweetwater, sometimes it feels like ancient Rome..." (The JBC)
"Here's looking at you, kid." (Rick Blaine in Casablanca)