Posts from 8th January 2001

Jan 01

A couple of music-related postings from Maura’s site

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A couple of music-related postings from Maura’s site: this is a piece about Mary Lou Lord, among other things. I’ve not heard any of the woman’s music, but I can ‘relate’. And this, from this week, takes a curiously puritan approach to the whole Napster thing, and while it’s as finely written as ever I’ve got to disagree. From a personal point of view, the hunting-and-gorging element of Napster has made me excited about getting new music again: never knowing what track might turn up next, and the whole tyranny of release dates and promos and smug radio exclusives thrown into giddy chaos. I can sympathise with Maura’s album-anticipation nostalgia tip, but only in a theoretical kind of sense – gimme those promo tracks and gimme them now, say I!

The Idler tackles Albion

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The Idler tackles Albion: it’s that old chestnut ‘English music’ again, though the Idler’s take on it seems a bit stuck in the past. “But in the Eighties, there didn’t seem to be much to connect music to the country. Radio fodder like the Duran Duran opus “Seven And The Ragged Tiger” said little, and even less about UK life.” – oh really? Simon Le Bon’s Diana cut, dumbness and hungry eyes said a hell of a lot more to me about UK life than Van Morrison will ever likely manage.

Am I Cool Or Not?

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Am I Cool Or Not? is back, recovered after its New Year hangover. A new victim and a new judgement for your delight – and thankyou everyone who writes in, too!

This is neither the time nor place

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This is neither the time nor place to have the “Baby One More Time” argument (though I disagree with Ned, whilst admitting that Paul Morley is far too bloated now to have quite that much enthusiasm for young Ms Spears). Two points though, the rock journo they dragged up to despise Brittany based his comments entirely on her – eventually admitting that, okay, the song itself was quite catchy. I’ll admit though that he may not have been using catchy in a good way, malaria is pretty catchy but its no recomendation.

Secondly though, Ned, just because a song can be covered by Travis, does not mean its rubbish. Indeed it puts much of their own stuff into sharp relief showing that even if you do play four to the floor plodrock, if you hide a tune in there it will sound okay. Which is the consternation held by most haters of Travis, Oasis, Coldplay et al. Sometimes they do sneak a half decent melody into a song, which may explain their bizarre success.

Shit. Did I just say that? Still Tom’s doing Thousand – he’ll never notice.

About Morley’s being vexed concerning lack o’ Britney

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About Morley’s being vexed concerning lack o’ Britney — wrong song, frankly, to be worried about. I have no idea what other singles of hers might have hit number one (maybe some, maybe none), but I stand by my belief that “…Baby One More Time” is a terribly overrated song, one I’ve never found memorable. Having only heard her stuff in very small bits and starts, the tracks that worked best were some other tune off that first album (forget the title, though) and “Lucky,” which was big and splashy and fun. “Oops! I Did It Again” is comparatively middling, basically because that is a DUMB-AS-FUCK title. “…Baby One More Time,” meanwhile, was found bland enough to the point where Travis could cover it. Yeurgh. Calling it more effective than “Tainted Love” is A Bad Sign, though they achieved a similar omnipresence.

His general point is a good one, though.


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Now admittedly the entire column could consist of this particular item, but nevertheless it behooves me to scrape away the superficial veneer of dimness which covers most pop stars to discover the imbicile within. And so it is when the bloated, fame starved figure of Jazzie B appeared on our television screens recently to tell us the secret of his success. Success? Don’t make me laugh. Two hit singles – and one of those had a kids choir on it. That said, all my carping on why “Back II Life” will never refer to Soul II Soul’s career (Club Classics Vol 9 anyone – The Rebirth of Fool) will never match the stupidity of this quote:

“Soul II Soul made black music. The band was black, the vinyl the records came out on was black.”

I wonder how much a copy of Kylie’s “I Should Be So Lucky” on apartheid busting black vinyl is worth then? Everyone else has it on Neo-Nazi White Supremacist Vinyl. (Or at least loose stool, yellow-brown colour since Kylie was shit.)


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Inevitable – this would find itself here. So the Top 100 Number Singles in the UK list raises its ugly head. Its already drawn much criticism for its methodology on this very weblog, something that the articles and the television programme were not at pains to explain. John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ at the top makes you heave a huge sigh of sorrow for the British people, especially those who read The Observer and watch Channel 4 (and if you were looking for a relatively elitist audience I might have suggested this as a demographic).

Anyway, look at the list then read Paul Morley’s measured take on it. He describes it as ‘stupid, strange, sad and exhilirating’ which is covering most bases – but I know what he means. He is also equally correct to say that disqualifying ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ (for being on the most hated list) renders the poll worthless.

The television programme accompanying it threw up a few interesting tidbits though. Who knew that Ian Dury ever went out with Jane Horrocks? The Bernard Sumner would eventually look worse than Peter Hook. But highlight of the show was when Bob Geldof recounted Bono’s initial reaction to the line “Tonight thank God its them, instead of you” in the Band Aid single. “Are you sure that’s what you mean?”, Bono asked. “Yes,” Bob said, “Just think about it.”
“I have thought about it,” Bono ominously replied.

As for what Jazzie B said – I believe Tanya may have something to say on that matter.