It has been 20 years since the second Grandaddy album The Sophtware Slump.
To mark the LP’s anniversary there is a box set coming out on November 20th with an accompanying alternative take on the album – recorded by Jason Lytle in lockdown with him playing the whole record with just his vocal and the piano.
A standalone LP and CD release of ‘The Sophtware Slump… on a wooden piano’ will follow on February 19th 2021.
At the time of its original release in 2000 the album was met with critical acclaim. It explored concerns over modern technology in society. The Independent described it as “easily the equal of OK Computer” by Radiohead, which had been a huge hit record three years previously in 1997.
I spoke to Jason Lytle of Grandaddy for BBC Radio 6 Music about the process of re-versioning the tracks in a very stripped back way…