Doctor Glyndwr wrote:
Ben Folds Five - Ben Folds Five
Many years ago I saw David Gemmell, the fantasy author, speak at a book signing event. One of the numerous great anecdotes he shared was how often he'd get fans coming up to him raving about his first novel, Legend. He said he would always smile and thank them but inside his head was a little voice saying "so, is none of my work since then as good as my first book, then...?"
Then I, uhh, asked him to sign my copy of Legend. In my defence I also bought his new book at the event and got that signed too.
There’s a quote that I can’t quite remember from the autobiography of Mike Doughty, called ‘The Book of Drugs’.
It basically goes along the lines that the things you like during particularly formative years of your adulthood will almost always shine brighter than subsequent things. Not because they’re necessarily better, but because of the associations and how your body reacts to things when you’re younger.
So am artist’s subsequent albums aren’t just competing with their first album; they’re also competing with the feeling of being 20 years old, motherfucker, and that’s one hell of thing to try to beat.