The State’s Own Chinese Democracy

by Dan McInerney on January 23, 2009

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The great folks over at Comedy Central Insider alerted me to this great Rolling Stone interview with The State.

The problem is that for years I have been desperate to hear their unreleased album “Comedy for Gracious Living”.  I’ve managed to hear two bootlegged tracks which were hilarious and extremely strange (sadly, the cops showed up at my door and I had to flush the tracks down the toilet).

But, after reading this interview I reeeeealllly freeeeaakinnnnn’ wannnnnna hear it! It sounds sooooo awesome!

No DVDs, no album, no reruns, their book is out of print. Seriously, The State has a massive and ever growing fan base and would make these media companies millions, but they just refuse to release their stuff. I don’t get it.

P.S. If someone has access to the whole album and wants to slip it to me, I have one of those safes that looks like bug spray now, so I promise not to flush it.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Chad Riden January 24, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Why don’t they buy the rights back and self-release their material?

Dustin D'Addato January 27, 2009 at 9:58 am

I was going to say it was probably a music rights issue, but according to Dan all the episodes have been redone with legal music. But I think the Rolling Stone article lends a little incite. When they were talking about recording their album Thomas Lennon pointed out “We decided, since nothing eleven people do is profitable, we might as well at least have a really fucking fun time, so let’s go to where U2 records”.

I think they are all probably not pushing super hard because even if the dvd’s and cd’s and all that make millions, they are probably each only looking a few hundred thousand dollars. Which for you and me and probably them is good money, it’s not worth the risk of the money it would cost them to but the rights back.

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