Tonight, at a special event at The Rutledge, Derek Webb played a one hour documentary about the making of his new album, Stockholm Syndrome, letting the packed crowd hear several songs in their entirety through studio footage. When the documentary finished, Derek and producer Josh Moore answered a couple questions, including explaining more about the label controversy. The song at the source of the controversy, What Matters Most, as rumored, has to do with how the christian community treats gays, and also includes a version of the Tony Campolo quote, “While you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.”
Derek refused to back down and omit the song completely, so the compromise reached with INO, his label, is to release two versions of the record, one without the “offensive” song to the christian market, and the complete CD, what Derek called “the authorized version,” to the general market and available on Derek’s website. There will also be seven versions of the album: three CDs that will have varying content and extra material, including one version that includes the making-of documentary, three tiers of the digital download, and, my favorite one, a vinyl version of the album.
During the Q&A, Derek was asked a question about a specific lyric, one having to do with sexuality, if I remember right, and gave what I thought was a great answer: “I’ve tried to learn to not give short answers to long questions.” Imagine the dead air one would hear if a tv talking head ever took that approach.
The best news of the night, again as rumored, is that while the street date for Stockholm Syndrome isn’t until September 9th, pre-orders start this Tuesday, July 7th, and include an immediate full digital download. Stay tuned to Derek’s site for more info about the pre-orders.
And here now is Derek’s song, What Matters Most, a great song and one I’m glad has seen the light of day.