Posts from 19th June 2007

Jun 07

The FreakyTrigger TOP 25 Brands: 20. APPLE RECORDS

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200px-apple_6a_label.jpgThat’s Apple Records. Not Apple Computers. Or indeed Apple Martin-Paltrow. Both a blatant rip-off of Apple records logo etc.

So Apple Records. That is beatle band record label. Why is it so important, its only a record label. Well Apple was one of the very first stabs at a creative entity (the Beatles) owning the means of production and distribution. Being able to set up a stall and rake the money in directly. To ignore THE SUITS and do what the hell they wanted. Of course it was just a shame that what the hell they wanted was Mary Hopkin records and The White Album, but then such is the way with truly innovative ideas. And as a brand Apple was very easy to understand, there was that nice picture of the Granny Smith on the label.


Your Poptimism Podcast needs YOU!

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First of all enormous thanks to Alan for providing us with top tunes over the last year!

The Podcast will be back next week – after the new management return from a certain gathering in Somerset – so now is your chance to submit some superlative songsmithery. Without your contributions the podcast will be 0 seconds long, so please remember to send your mp3s to Cheers!

Pop Open Week 2

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Week 2 of the Pop Open brings us five tracks on the theme of MONEY.


Please DON’T spoil what the tracks are in the comments box, and if you want to join in the voting then you have only to go here (and join the Poptimists community).

Thinking about ABBA

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Here’s my latest Pitchfork column – a piece on ABBA!

I deliberately wrote it as a quite ‘old school’ bit of music criticism – heavy focus on lyrical meaning, artistic themes, privileging of maturity and meaningfulness etc etc.  It was fun to write like that – I constantly fret while writing Popular that I care too much about the lyrics (I can’t help it! Blame Morrissey!) so it was relaxing to let this tendency OFF THE LEASH.

I showed it to Dave Moore of Cure For Bedbugs (see links bar), who had (sort of) requested this column. He picked up on something quite deliberate – no addressing or attempting to convince or slagging off people who hate ABBA. My feeling is that if the rest of the piece is treating ABBA like a band firmly in the rock canon, it should do so in this way too, and assume that the initial question “Why are ABBA worth thinking about?” has already been answered to the satisfaction of every reasonable reader!