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I personally would love Top 40, in the past Asia has thrived on singles. But I'm not going to get it. Our record company is based in  rock, and 'Finger in the Trigger, is right up their street. We (re)recorded that tune at their request, Mike Paxman sways the sound, and there is no dynamic muse. Record companies don't say 'we feel this song needs to be andante in F# mol '. That doesn't happen. They don't vet my lyrics (they did in the 80s), and they know their market. We (and Paxo) make the record, they sell it. It's nicer (and easier all round) if we all like it.
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John, can i ask you how did you feel when the record company asked you to re-do Finger On The Trigger?
Is this one of the reasons you once said you felt very distant from the album, apart from the exclusion of that particular track dear to your heart, which i hope will turn out anyway, be it Asia or John Wetton or iCon?

Personally, i don't like very much the attitude of a record company to pilot a project into a certain direction. Did they fear the album hadn't got an obvious hit ''single'' to promote? I don't think so, judging from the samples, and even if it was so, the ''single'' format doesn't exsist anymore, so an album must be accepted and enjoyed as a whole unit, and not marketed piece by piece. This is the only positive feature of the modern digital music business, in my opinion.

Anyway, i admit if i were in your shoes i would have been very upset with the way the record company tried to interfere with your work, it's the same old battle between art (yours) and money (record company) and the two entities sadly don't usually collide.
In the end, we also took some benefit from this situation, namely the japanese bluesy bonus track, given the number of recorded songs raised from 12 to 13 with Trigger, but i would have preferred a situation in which the record company kept the album as intended and released it without tampering with it.

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I'm not carping, squonk, not at all---I like our version of FotT. You said it: the 'single' is not an option these days, and I am  very happy with the way the record turned out. I think that the band sounds great, and the album, as a collection, is very strong, and completely focussed---Mike Paxman and Steve Rispin have done an outstanding job. Now it's out of our hands, and marketing takes over.


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Here is a good review for the first single   http://gearsofrock.com/2010/03/13/track-review-asia-finger-on-the-trigger-omega-2010/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
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