All this nostalgia reminded me of something I've often wondered. Anyone have any answers (concrete or otherwise) as to why Mushroom released BOTE back in '79? To put it in perspective, it was a band with declining album sales. Timbo himself had confided to Mike Chunn that he was ready to call it quits by the end of the year. I See Red was a sign of life but it wasn't like they were exactly white hot. True Colours hadn't been released (or even recorded?) yet. And if memory serves me right, Gudinski's "pep talk"/veiled threat to the Enz before they went in to record True Colours was that he was expecting it to be huge.
I understand that the tracks were already recorded (i.e. old tracks), so that part of the release was "free" but still, it's hard to believe it was demand-driven.
Thank goodness they did, btw.
Anyone ever hear anything????