‘It might take people to the wrong areas': Geoff Downes on what happens when you search for ‘Asia XXX’

Whether it was intended or not, Asia did much to thwart internet piracy by naming its new album XXX.

Of course, the nine-song cycle from John Wetton, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer actually commemorates the 30th anniversary of their debut, 1982’s self-titled four-times platinum smash. But Lord help anyone who types “Asia XXX” into an web search browser at work.

You might have started out looking for the newest pop-prog release from hitmakers known for “Heat of the Moment” and “Only Time Will Tell,” but what you’re going to find are screaming all-caps invitations to check out SEXY AND HOT GIRLS and FREE ASIAN XXX VIDEOS.

Or, uh, so we’ve heard, right?

[SOMETHING ELSE! REWIND: Asia's anniversary release 'XXX' finds John Wetton singing better than ever, and - dare we utter it? - sounding happy, too. Wait, the guy who one cried "the lie is over!" in a Top 10 hit?]

Downes, the band’s co-founding keyboardist, is prepping with the others for a new UK tour, to begin on December 15, 2012 and continue through Dec. 22 with a final stop at London’s 02 Shepherds Bush Empire. Four of the seven shows this month are already sold out. They’ve also just released Resonance, a CD-DVD souvenir from a 2006 Asia concert.

Still, first Downes had to address this pressing web-search issue — and he did so with James Allman of the yummy-sounding Bacon Music.

On the album title’s actual genesis: “We couldn’t really think of anything better,” Downes says, “and when the name cropped up — XXX for 30 years — we said, ‘Lets do it!'”

As for the infuriating — and sometimes, down-right weird — blind alleys that searches for “Asia XXX” take internet thieves on, well, Downes says that’s just a pleasant bonus: “Yes, it doesn’t really work too well if you put ASIA and then XXX after it – it might take some people to the wrong areas.”

In other words, just buy the album at Amazon, folks.

[amazon_enhanced asin="B007ZBWJXS" container="" container_class="" price="All" background_color="FFFFFF" link_color="000000" text_color="0000FF" /] [amazon_enhanced asin="B00004TKGK" container="" container_class="" price="All" background_color="FFFFFF" link_color="000000" text_color="0000FF" /] [amazon_enhanced asin="B001QVCFNM" container="" container_class="" price="All" background_color="FFFFFF" link_color="000000" text_color="0000FF" /] [amazon_enhanced asin="B000000OMB" container="" container_class="" price="All" background_color="FFFFFF" link_color="000000" text_color="0000FF" /] [amazon_enhanced asin="B009GJCFL8" container="" container_class="" price="All" background_color="FFFFFF" link_color="000000" text_color="0000FF" /]

Something Else!

The Something Else! webzine, an accredited Google News affiliate, has been featured in The New York Times and NPR.com's A Blog Supreme, while our writers have also been published by USA Today, Jazz.com and UltimateClassicRock.com, among others. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.