Chromatics’ Johnny Jewel Destroyed All Copies of “Dear Tommy” After Near-Death Experience

15,000 CDs and 10,000 Vinyl Copies Scrapped So They Could Re-record the Album

May 04, 2017
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Johnny Jewel and his band Chromatics were supposed to release a new full-length album, Dear Tommy, in 2015 (it was announced in December 2014). Despite several songs from the album being released, the album never saw the light of day, continually being promised as coming soon. Now the mystery has been partly solved. Jewel's manager, Alexis Rivera, has revealed in a series of tweets that Jewel had a near-death experience in Hawaii on Christmas Day 2015 and afterwards he destroyed all copies of Dear Tommy in order to re-record it to better capture the sound he was going for. "Christmas day 2015, Johnny almost died in Hawaii. I don't want to go into details, but I'm sure he'll discuss it in interviews at some point," Rivera wrote on Twitter. "When he came back home to California he destroyed all copies of Tommy. 15K CDs & 10K vinyl in the Italians warehouse in Glendale, all gone." 

"Is it weird to destroy & delete your album once it's done? Fuck yes. It's also financially insane. But it wasn't the first time he's done it," wrote Rivera in another tweet. Apparently he did the same thing with Chromatics' last album, 2012's Kill For Love, but that wasn't made public. And of course Kill For Love ended up being an acclaimed album.

All of Dear Tommy has been re-recorded and it will have the same songs and tracklist, but who knows when it will actually be out. All of the previous versions of Dear Tommy tracks have been removed from the Internet apart from "Shadow," which is below. Chromatics and Jewel are appearing in the new season of Twin Peaks and a previous promotional photo featured broken copies of Dear Tommy and this explains why. Check out all the tweets below, via Pitchfork.

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