Posts from 11th December 2001

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Dec 01

Got Your Money Shot

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Got Your Money Shot: sloppy, slippery, disappointing Village Voice piece on Britney (maybe there’s just not much to say about it, and her, any more?) – the increasingly common and cheap e-mail exchange format doesn’t help.

Almost every time co-writer Amy Phillips* says something nice about Britney, she seems to feel she has to back it up with some indie/rock comparison point – PJ Harvey, The Strokes, Nation of Ulysses. She’s not doing it to bait, but to sell her opinions – which is odd in the Voice, the most pro-pop weekly on Earth. By the time you get to a paragraph devoted to the fact that she knows who did “I Love Rock’n’Roll” before Joan Jett did (the Arrows, if you care), you wonder if she’s really doing it for us – to prove to the big cynical boycrit readership that she knows her stuff, that she – just like Britney – can do her chosen profession ‘properly’.

She’s Britney’s age, too (the VV tells us so – presumably it wants to prove its pop reporters are demographically 4 Real). And, like Britney’s new material, her piece ends up a drag because she can do what she wants to do too damn properly.

*There’s another writer who’s only Mandy Moore’s age! But that one I lost when she started fretting about how she could wear a Britney shirt and still “demonstrate the irony”.

Old

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Old – here’s a question I’d like people to answer.

We all get into bands or records or scenes – get excited about them, get passionate about them, live for them. That music becomes you, becomes part of you. There’s not much argument about that. But the first thing I’d say is that the younger you are, the easier this happens. Is that true? And why is it true?

And then, sooner or later – usually after 7-10 years but sometimes sooner, that music stops being part of ‘living memory’, something to be ‘into’, and something happens to it.

Either it vanishes entirely, to live on only in the odd embarrassed cynic-nostalgic reference and then to surface maybe years later as exhumed ‘influence’.

Or it turns into history – you see The Smiths on the cover of Mojo, or ‘YOU KNOW THE SCORE: 40 Hardcore Classix’ in the supermarket, or a big record-straightening tome on K Records.

And my question is – what happens to YOU when that happens to your music? How do you feel about it? About your past? And about yourself now?

Ananova Poll

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Ananova Poll: for mercy’s sake STOP DIDO!

Poor Brian Harvey

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Poor Brian Harvey, just been attacked in Nottingham by YOOFS with a machete. Where does one find machetes in Nottingham, I wonder? How puzzling. Is a machete usually the scalping instrument of choice in the Midlands? Either that or there is a MULTINATIONAL CONSPIRACY (hoo-ha!) against Harvey. Take this demoralising example, when

Harvey suffered an embarrassing moment in October when no-one turned up for a record signing in his native Walthamstow, London. The singer pulled out from the event moments before it was due to start because of a ‘television appearance’.“.

Did no-one turn up because the MAFIA HAD BARRICADED THE RESIDENTS OF WALTHAMSTOW INSIDE??

“Harvey has recently had a top 20 hit”.

Bless. Flowers to Nottingham City Hospital, Brianfans. (NB, this hospital is shaped like a SWASTIKA!!! What is the deal with THAT eh??)