When The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights” was released in 2003, it was kind of a game-changer.
Suddenly, indie was no longer underground; off-the-radar became mainstream; and Ben Gibbard became the cool girl’s crush. All because of it’s ridiculously catchy twitches and beeps and heart-tugging lyrics (“I am thinking it’s a sign/ That the freckles in our eyes are mirror images / And when we kiss they’re perfectly aligned”).
The album, Give Up, reached as high as #114 on the Billboard charts…but here we are, nearly 10 years later, and it’s just gone higher: It was just announced that the album is now officially certified platinum, having sold 1,067, 087 copies (and counting) in the US. So don’t let anyone tell you that there’s no such thing as success in the music business anymore. Congrats to The Postal Service’s Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello!–REBECCA WILLA DAVIS