Collector Number 1

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Previously only available on tours, this lovely stop-gap rarities affair collected a number of the band's spectacular demos, live tracks, and radio sessions. Familiar songs such as "Say Hello," "Wayward Daughter," and "Accelerate" mixed with the unfamiliar ("When the Bottle Is Dry," "Xmas in the Arctic Pole"), and each one was drenched in ridiculous self-assurance, soft-pedaled but not obscenely so, and would call to mind an unplugged Suede or Flaming Lips consoling a best friend even while restricted within the confines of acoustic or home-demo environs. Table-scraps, perhaps, but better than most bands' careers.

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