Portishead's Geoff Barrow: 'Don't hold your breath for an anniversary reissue of 'Dummy'

Bristol band also reveal plans to start work on new album in 2012

Portishead's Geoff Barrow: 'Don't hold your breath for an anniversary reissue of 'Dummy'

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Portishead have vowed not to release any special editions of their records - unless they're forced into it contractually by their label.

The Bristol band's acclaimed debut LP 'Dummy' will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014, but producer/instrumentalist Geoff Barrow has warned fans not to hold their breath for a reissue featuring outtakes or alternative versions of songs.

He told Rolling Stone that special editions had become a "dirty word" in the group, arguing that they are simply a tool to "squeeze more money" out of fans.

Barrow commented:

I can't see what use there is to release material that we didn't think was worthy for the record. We never have much bonus material – it's not like there's me playing acoustic guitar and Beth [Gibbons] singing on it for a song that didn't make it, it doesn't exist.



He added that only a "contractual thing" with their label could force the band to reissue one of their albums.

Barrow also spoke of plans to start work on Portishead's next album in January 2012, which will be the follow-up to 2008's 'Third'.

"I don't know when Beth's gonna start or when Adrian [Utley, multi-instrumentalist] is gonna start, but I'm gonna get my head together for January basically to start writing," he said.

Earlier this year, Barrow set out a number of rules for the album, including that there will be no free downloads, hidden tracks, remixes or hidden footage. In a lengthy Twitter rant, he also said the band would be avoiding corporate partners, fashion lines, street teams and MySpace among other things.

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