Posts from 3rd June 2000

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Jun 00

if music be the food of love, there’s a lot of weird lolita-complex types out there.

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if music be the food of love, there’s a lot of weird lolita-complex types out there.: The Smashing Pumpkins broke up because they’d been defeated by the ‘Britneys of this world’ (sadly not in an actual Arena Fight). Here is a fine analysis of precisely what contributed to the Pumpkins’ split-up: give them all a medal, say I. Pop criticism, woo. (link via I Drank WHAT?, which is pretty good too)

MADONNA – “Music”

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MADONNA – “Music”
If you want to understand where NYLPM’s coming from, consider this: the first time I heard this song I would have forgiven it anything, for the line “music mates the bourgeoisie and the rabble”, which sets Madonna up as the Marie Antoinette of pop (let them eat MP3s, since judging by M’s outraged copyright shriekings that’s what baby Lourdes is going to have to do now Mummy’s income stream is threatened by the naughty pirates – as if). The second time I heard it, nothing could save it, as I realised said line was in fact “…bourgeoisie and the rebel”. Which is horrible and naff. In one word, the gap between vision and folly.

Anyway, since she’s called the bloody thing “Music” we’d better discuss the sonics. It’s very French, Daft Punk, Cassius, filtered house, unfiltered cigarettes, etc. but it compromises too much in the direction of a hook, though not enough to actually get to much of one. It’s very ‘electronic’, but so what? Madonna’s always been a disco artist, and disco means keeping up with things: the French house sound is as near where stuff is at as you’d expect a fortysomething pop star to get. It does strike me as a bit odd that she sings this song about dancing with her baby over music which is really slow, unless of course she means that she is literally dancing with her baby, in which case the fifth-generation Raymond Scott-isms in the production make a bit more sense. Ultimately she has yet to make a better dance record than “Into The Groove”, but then that’s true of almost anyone.

DUEL!

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DUEL!: Electronica (koff koff) comes to Duel with a Moby/Fatboy Slim set-to.

In other pedantic admin news, the focus group deadline’s been extended to accomodate a couple of people who didnt have time to do it this week. If you want to vote in this, tell me – there is still time.

Shhhhh

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Try this.