It’s War!: Kirk DeGiorgio replies to Simon Reynolds’ attacks on him. “UK dance music journalists neglect the bulk of the influences on House and Techno because they know next to nothing about it. I know about it because unlike my mates at school I didn’t like punk, ska, new wave or indie.”. Ouch! Kirk to thread! Bits of the response are somewhat pompous (“My iTunes software tells me my most played artists at home are Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Sun Ra & Stevie Wonder.”) but it’s nice to get both sides of the story. Especially as both sides I’d guess have some right on their side – the continuity between disco and house is neglected, but some people into dance music now do have a better grip on it than those into it from the beginning. It is just possible after all that after 10 years patrolling this beat Reynolds knows his stuff. Meanwhile for the ‘neutral’ (read: even-handedly ignorant) a tasty spat is in prospect. This comes via Simon’s own blog, a cool development in itself, whose all-too-familiar post-rate so far shows that he fits right into the weblog ‘massive’.