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Bloc Party unfazed

Upon Intimacy's physical release they say the Charts aren't their priority
27 October 2008 - Bloc Party are indifferent to the Singles Chart and say scoring a hit is no longer important to them.

The band physically release their third album Intimacy today (Monday 27 October) after its rush release in download format on 21 August.

The band say they didn't think of it as, "a business decision", so aren't worried how high it gets in the charts.

In fact, bassist Gordon Lissack revealed they might stop releasing physical singles in the future.

Intimacy was not eligible for the Top 40 charts last month, due to its download only release.

While this month might see it enter the top ten, bassist Gordon Lissack told 6 Music that it's not really a priority.
"We're talking now about not doing anymore physical formats for singles meaning we won't have anymore eligible singles after Talons."
Gordon Lissack

He said: "I don't think our digital release was eligible so this is our only shot at the charts but the kind of band we are, isn't one you were going to see on Top Of The Pops really.

"We've never entirely played the game. Maybe we'll find out that it's a great success, but maybe we'll find out that people just aren't buying CDs anymore.

"Back in October 2007, Radiohead put out their latest album In Rainbows with the pay what you like scheme, but on physical release, it still went to number one.

As for whether Bloc Party are hoping for a similar impact, even though their album was not free, Lissack said: "I don't know we're waiting to find out really.

"I think none of us were sufficiently concerned about it as a business decision, to not do it - to say, 'If you put it down as a download X amount of people might not buy it'."

Lissack added that they might do away with physical singles all together.

"Our record company's been behind our ideas for this record and future singles," Lissack continued. "We're talking now about not doing anymore physical formats for singles meaning we won't have anymore eligible singles after Talons.

"I think the days are gone where you can really make a splash in the charts, being a band like us, and have that sort of thing make a difference to your reputation and your sales.

"Music was never a competition, who ever made it a competition? One decision might be to not get involved in that and put out non-eligible things on purpose."

However, their view on the physical release of albums has not changed: "We have a young fan base so I don't know how doing it the way we did will affect us, but it's still an event to put out a record.

"We're still vinyl fans. With the last record we put out a picture disc. All this extra stuff that's dying out, we're still into as a band."

Georgie Rogers

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