How long have I been following the saga of Steve 'n' SteveN, the pairing of Steve Burns (from Blue's Clues) and Steven Drozd (from the Flaming Lips)? Since their only website was a Myspace page. Before then, even -- there was the awesomeness that was "I Hog The Ground".
So when I stumbled upon the brand-new Steve 'n' SteveN website WHICH FEATURED ALL THESE SONGS, PEOPLE!, I knew I wanted to shout (internet-wise). I mean, how can anybody deny the made-of-awesome-and-win nature of this 3 1/2-year-old video? They can, I guess -- there's no accounting for taste -- but I think it's beautiful.
But look at the timestamps of those items-- 2007, 2010. Let's state it plainly, this album is the Chinese Democracy of kindie (the obvious reference), which is why the establishment of the new website was such big news. Finally, we can listen to the whole album in all its psychedelic trappings. And by "we," I mean you -- just click here, it'll open up a new window, press play, then come back.
It's OK, I'll wait.
Now, then, I'm sure you'll agree that there are some awesome sure-fire pop hits and some... less sure-fire pop hits. (I'm looking at you, the 6:37 "The Itsy Bitsy Spider Suite.") And if you scroll through this page, you'll see more of the weirdness this project entails.
The frustrating thing is that this album has been completed since 2008. In this interview with Rocksucker, Drozd says that once the album was complete...
"Steve thought that since I’m in The Flaming Lips and Scott Booker’s my manager and I have Grammies, I think he thought, “This will happen, Steven knows what he’s doing.” And at the same time I thought, “Steve Burns, he’s kind of a big star and knows a lot of people in all the industries. Surely he can get something going.” So I think both of us were waiting for the other to do something!"
So, yeah, six years later and this album is only now available for streaming? Grrrrr.... It's not like Burns has been totally silent -- he appeared at Kindiefest 2012 and they've filmed some live-action stuff for more videos -- but whatever efforts they've put forth thus far have been for naught in terms of spreading these tunes more aggressively through the world. On the other hand, I've not yet heard back from my attempt to contact them, so I suspect we may have a little while longer to wait... And, really, at this point, after six years, what's a little more time?