Merge To Reissue Spoon’s ‘Gimme Fiction’ For 10th Anniversary

On December 11, Merge will release a deluxe 10th anniversary limited-edition version of the Spoon classic Gimme Fiction on double-LP (180g), double-CD, and digital. The reissue contains the original album newly remastered by Howie Weinberg from the original tapes, a second disc with 12 previously unreleased demos from the era, a digital download of nine additional bonus tracks, and a full-color book containing photos and an extensive oral history of the making of the album by the A.V. Club’s Sean O’Neal. The deluxe LP package also includes a 24” x 36” poster and a digital download of all 32 songs.

Listen to and share “Was It You? (Home Demo)” and experience the oral history ofGimme Fiction via the band’s Tumblr, which includes videos, excerpts, and images from the album’s creation and campaign.

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You can pre-order the deluxe limited-edition reissue of Gimme Fiction on double-CD or 180g double-LP in the Merge store, where the first 400 pre-orders will receive a poster signed by the band. Also, pre-order the deluxe digital edition via iTunes and receive “Was It You? (Home Demo)” as an instant download. Bundle options are available at including a reissued t-shirt design from the Gimme Fiction era and a padded record bag for all of your vinyl-toting needs.

Gimme Fiction dragged the sonic pointillism of its predecessor, Kill the Moonlight, further into dub-influenced weirdness as the increasingly confident Spoon went crazy in the studio, experimenting with everything from warped hip-hop samples to horse whinnies. Whatever digging or strange alchemy had to go into it, they only produced more gold.

The album merits special recognition as the one where Spoon took creative and stylistic quantum leaps that resulted in the classics “I Turn My Camera On,” “The Beast and Dragon, Adored,” “My Mathematical Mind,” “I Summon You,” and so many more. Ten years later, Gimme Fiction gets the deluxe release it so richly deserves.

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