Posts from 29th April 2002

Apr 02

Pop-Eye Special

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Pop-Eye Special: so huge was this week’s Pop-Eye (a paean to the Sugababes’ awesome “Freak Like Me” single) that it turned into an article in its own right, and joins Sterling’s excellent Tweet review in a new site update.

(NB: the “creating a new audience” bits in the Sugababes piece are vaguely inspired, I’ve just realised, by reading Frank Kogan’s Why Music Sucks zine, a couple of copies of which he very kindly sent me and which have been much thumbed. The phrase stuck in my head, though I’m not using it to describe the activation of completely new audiences, but to discuss a more modest achievement for a pop act – making connections over genre boundaries at a time of relative flux in the pop process. Thanks Frank anyway.)

The Acceptable Face of Rockism

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The Acceptable Face of Rockism: if you spend the odd bored hour at work scanning the Top 5 lists at, you might recognise the name Nate Patrin and his unusually literate contributions. Anyway this is his weblog.

If I can distract you from the current posting spat going on

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If I can distract you from the current posting spat going on – I have sad news. Apparently according to Tim Hopkins “The Ring” is no more. Now it would not surprise us if the Ring – a gem of Southwark – was being spruced up. The previous review of it made note of its somewhat threadbare carpet after all. But the removal of the pub name from outside suggestssomething more sinister. The beautifullocal could well be suffering from its status as the nearest pub to Southwark Tube Station, and that being the nearest station to the Tate Modern. We tremble with fear of what will spring up on this corner site – and raise a pint to the Ring, its boxing prints and its exemplary barman.


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If you ask anyone it the music business about Napalm Death you will invariably get just the one response. “Lovely chaps” – they will say, almost as if they were the Kray Twins. You would expect them to then extoll upon the amount they love their mother. Instead you tend to get a slight rant along the lines that “you would never believe they were Vegans” and a cheery smile and wave. Not one mention of their music. My kind of conversation generally – the kind that does not mention music.

Indeed music, in its most classical tune, melody, lyrics, abject horror sense is pretty much not what you are going to get from ver Death. Well – unfortunately you still get the abject horror of people strapping on instruments, plugging them into amps and then; well then they’ll grunt like pigs for about thirty seconds. Thrash metal is a misunderstood genre, but I understand it perfectly. It sounds crap because it is crap. Its played by people who want to be hard, edgy and scary – but don’t even eat dairy cos it might hurt a wickle cows teat.

If you have ever looked at the lyric sheet on a Napalm Death album you would be surprised to find out the wide ranging political issues that are being touched upon. You would be even more surprised if you listened to one. It is quite possible to bring up the spectre of the global economic crisis caused by 90% of the worlds wealth being concentrated in 10% of the worlds population – but not if you pronounce every word “unnngh”. Napalm Death are just a bunch of softies pretending to be Metal. Without the leather trousers, cos leather (like Napalm and indeed Death) is murder.

Shut it

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Shut it you cockfarmer.


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Hey! Has anyone seen this yet?