Someone Ate Tom Waits’ Birthday Cake
Tom Waits has a new album coming out in a month. It’s set to be his first studio album of all new music in seven years. But apparently, someone already leaked it over the internet.
Tom Waits is not one to take this lying down. He just posted this video to scold us all. I don’t know about you, but when I watch this I feel like a little kid in time out for breaking her mother’s vase, or maybe for using her father’s rare coin collection to buy candy.* Check out the video after the jump.
There was a recent study published that found spoilers don’t actually ruin the ends of films or books, and in fact may sometimes enrich the experience. Obviously this is slightly different, since instead of exposing the end of a story someone has exposed the entire album of someone’s music. But still — what’s the difference if a few people have already heard the songs before the official release? This won’t necessarily affect anyone’s enjoyment of it, will it?
What do you think? Has the internet made the idea of secrets and surprises obsolete, and if so, is this a good or a bad thing? Do you think this might just be a big ploy to sell more records?
* That actually happened.