"When I’m sequencing a record, I usually think in terms of the way all the songs will work together instead of which are the most accessible songs. Sometimes I think this tendency has hurt our commercial prospects – for instance, ‘Lost Coastlines’ is a song I wrote in about 2003 that I didn’t get around to recording until years later and then ended up surprisingly being one of our most commercially successful songs. In the case of ‘Mermaid’, I found that when I kept it on the record it somehow made the whole thing much darker-feeling than it already was. I was surprised that a lot of people described ‘Mermaid’ as uplifting or romantic, because I think of it as a disturbing song that even sort of disturbs me. So I left it off in favour of ‘Hanging From a Hit’, which I personally think of as a somewhat sweet song.
I remember being a high school kid and getting really excited when a Japanese import version of a record surfaced in a store, so for this record I decided it would be fun to do import versions, making the Japanese and Australian versions of the record have different art and different tracklistings. ‘Mermaid’ is on the Australian version, which also has a darker and more severe look to the artwork."
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