Why Something Instead of Nothing?

Why Something Instead of Nothing? Original Cover

Why Something Instead Of Nothing?

Why Something Instead of Nothing was Polar Bear’s first full-length album, and the band’s final release.   This album was originally released on February 19, 1999 on the band’s own Polar Bear Records, and later re-released by Long Live Crime Records on February 10, 2004.  Many fans of the band consider this album the band’s finest work.

Alternate Versions:

Original versions of this album, released on Polar Bear Records, was released as a limited edition CD, with only 2000 copies pressed.  The track listing and image on the back of the original release’s u-card is intentionally printed backwards and prints the song Belly as Belley

Re-release versions of this album include the exact same musical content as the original release, and was not made as a limited edition.  The re-release comes with entirely new album artwork.  The cover of the re-release is a clip from the music video for the song Belly.  The track Zulu, is strangely omitted from the track listing on the back of the re-release, however lyric information for it does exist inside the album.  Unfortunately this version is also out of print.

Finally, digital versions sold via the band’s MySpace page include two bonus tracks that the band recorded before they broke up.

Track Listings:

CD Versions:

  1. Lick
  2. Friday
  3. Hula
  4. Sharkeye
  5. Shafty
  6. Flyer
  7. Bodybag
  8. Farm
  9. Belly (listed as Belley on the original album)
  10. Zulu

Electronic Version:

  1. Lick
  2. Friday
  3. Hula
  4. Sharkeye
  5. Shafty
  6. Flyer
  7. Bodybag
  8. Farm
  9. Belly (listed as Belley on the original album)
  10. Zulu
  11. Satellites
  12. Superzero

Release Date: 02/19/1999 (Original), 02/10/2004
Released By: Polar Bear Records (Original), Long Live Crime
ID Number(s): PBRCD02 (Original), LLC-CD-2
Medium(s): CD, MP3
Time: 45:35, 54:56 (MP3 Version)

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