Dec 01


I Hate Music6 comments • 657 views


I have always been a firm believer in doing the work you love and loving the work you do. That’s why my CV includes spells as a librarian, a sensory deprivation engineer, and a special liason for the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Busker Corpse. But that’s not to say I can’t sympathise with you poor souls trapped in a job you hate, faced every day with the punishing traumas and choices of modern industrial existence. “Hmm, which CD will I put on today – Dido or David Gray?”. Actually, no, I can’t sympathise.

But I sympathise more with you, O oppressed White Ladder listener, than with Roger motherfucking Waters. Roger’s job was to be a rock star. How he’d got the gig was a mystery, given that he looked like the horse from Steptoe And Son – but once he was in ‘the business’ he threw himself into it with the precise opposite of gusto. All of Pink Floyd’s biggest-selling records are about how absolutely shit it is to be a famous musician. “Welcome To The Machine” howls Rog with his customary metaphorical deftness. Yes the business nay LIFE ITSELF is an evil MACHINE that PROCESSES YOU and stops you being FREE it is populated with PIGS (three different kinds, Roger painstakingly points out) who say “HAVE A CIGAR” as they make you sign away your creative SOUL…

Hold on there Roger! The Man did you wrong how exactly? He restricted you to a mere nine parts of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” perhaps? Let’s get this straight. Pink Floyd were at the height of their commercial powers at a time when rock was the most indulged music on the planet. In other words if there is anybody in human artistic history who could done absolutely anything he wanted to do it is Waters, R. It’s not anyone else’s fault that what resulted sounded like Eric Clapton fallen in a tar pit.

Roger should have taken note of his colleagues’ attitudes. You didn’t catch Nick Mason complaining about his job, oh no. He knew a good thing when he saw one – turn up, hit a drum maybe fifteen times per song and then fuck off for the next three years to drive racing cars. (Pink Floyd may have put out A Collection Of Great Dance Songs but their music goes beyond mere BPM – if only because “beats” in the plural would contravene the Trades Descriptions Act.)

But Roger had none of this fair-mindedness. He moaned and moaned and moaned. For goodness’ sake, Rog, I agree with you! The music industry is a pit of cloth-eared snakes favouring product over talent (Evidence A is Pink Floyd but never mind). So why on earth didn’t you just leave and get another job? Very simple, no problems. Just put down the bass, walk out of the door, and forget all about it. You have to conclude that either Roger was just as greedy and venal as the rest of them, or that his blinkered misanthropy and grudge-bearing had made him completely unemployable. Like Dido versus David Gray, readers, it’s a very difficult choice.


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    Crow on 18 Jan 2007 #

    Have you ever tried working as a professional musician? No, forget about that, have you ever tried turning your hand at anything that requires talent, however small? Your small-minded antics and foolish hate-breeding articles simply make me sad — sad that humans such as you exist, who enjoy causing anger and strife, and who publicly attempt to deface monuments of human achievement (of which Pink Floyd is a prominent example). I can only hope that you will remember these words: “fools step in boldly where angels fear to tread.”

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    Comstock Carabinieri on 18 Jan 2007 #

    Pink Floyd maybe would have been better if they hired Pink as lead singer! :) “Get Your Parties Started” is a superior, more accessible song than anything the Pink Floyd has ever written. Fact.

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    oms on 6 Jul 2007 #

    poor tanya is trying to fit a box into an even smaller box. the poor woman most definetly has sand in her vaginal cavity

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    Alan on 6 Jul 2007 #

    take it to the world – anyplace you can find a form with a submit box, let ppl know! more people than you might think find the sand/vagina thing amazingly funny.

    nb, more people than YOU think.

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    oms on 7 Jul 2007 #

    c’mon alan ur overflowing with sand now…why the hell are u defending this dear old librarian anyway? let her justify herself..i know ur in it for sex…pathetic alan…pathetic

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    Alan on 7 Jul 2007 #

    now i’m not sure, but I think you are trying to be funny. unfortunately it’s just powerless and repetitive (and hence boring) but it’s also kind of scary to think what an obsession with sand and vaginas might mean.

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