Posts from 5th December 2007

Dec 07

Freaky Trigger and the Lollards of Pop – Series 2, Week 4

Lollards Podcast5 comments • 556 views

Featuring: Eli Sessions, Tom Ewing, Dave ‘Avenue’ Queen and Mark Sinker.

BOOGIE. Jimmy Blythe ‘Chicago Stomp’. Taste of Honey ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’. The plight of the wedding and office party DJ. Fat Les ‘Naughty Christmas (Goblin in the Office)’. Tanya’s ‘Scooby Doo’ albums. Milo Twins ‘Truck Driver’s Boogie’. Sam the Sham ‘Wooly Bully’. Boogie and funky, bogarts, bogling and bogies. A halloween list. Slade ‘Pook Hill’. Hot Chocolate ‘Mindless Boogie’. Anna Kaufen (Akufen) ‘Sneak Preview’

Let’s Talk About Let’s Talk About Love

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Good post from Carl Wilson on the 33 1/3 Books blog – his central thought, that what’s “good” about music is “its ecology, its unintended consequences” is obviously one I agree with. I’ll be buying his Celine Dion book too, as will most of the cerebral wing of critland I’d guess!

Thinking about the book gives me a niggling feeling, though, which is odd because it’s a great idea for a book. But reading the blog helped me realise why. The utopian part of me wishes it was coming out as its own thing, not as a 33 1/3 publication. In some senses this is HUGELY unfair since I’ve not read it yet. But whatever the conclusions Wilson himself comes to – and he’s rightly treating them as spoilable material on his own blog, so I don’t know yet – the choice of this book for this series queers the pitch, creates a structural divide between Dion and all other music covered in the series.  These other acts get their albums written about lovingly by fans, Celene’s is written about by a non-fan trying to convert themselves and explore ideas of taste. Celine Dion is a perfect subject for a book like that, and I think it’ll be a terrific book. But it unlevels the 33 1/3 playing field – it makes Celine a special case.

A thought experiment: in a parallel universe, there’s a 33 1/3 which has published a book on Let’s Talk About Love by a fan of Celine Dion, exactly like all the other releases in the series. That universe is doubtless also having resounding and angry conversations about what “good” and “taste” and “classic” means in a pop or rock or publishing context. Maybe less interesting ones than this universe will, maybe more, but starting from a basic assumption of potential common identity between fans of Celine and fans of, say, Neutral Milk Hotel; of, as Frank Kogan (who does enjoy Celine) puts it, “continuity” between Celine and other stuff. Which is what Wilson is talking about in his blog post, of course – so I’m sure his book does share that assumption. It’s just that the publishing context undermines that a little for me.

(I’ll follow up this when I’ve read the book, of course.)

Indie Chicken Watch: Estelle reports from Nude York

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Estelle, do you remember her – 1980 year that g0d made me – Estelle, she’s been singing songs in the Americas with people more famous than her. Though if you ask me calling yourself John “Legend” is trying too hard. It’s spelt “Leg-END”. Anyway, Estelle, despite alleged rumours about drama queen-dom whilst playing student union balls, and alleged rumours that she was the only one that turned up to her cd signings (remember, when she had that record out), she remains a girl after Freaky Trigger’s heart. Dig the following that she told Popjustce: