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Time for my yearly rant about rock/pop music and the state of national radio, kids.
So a normal working week for me again. A lot of writing, a fair amount of research, some reading, some playing music and some drinking. I turn the radio on to R3. R3 can be great in the morning but not if it's difficult orchestral stuff blaring away, so over to Radio 4 to find more garbage about the economy and flu. So straight over Radio 2 where the DJ who's depping for another DJ says: " ...and now a band that must be the second best band in the world, after the Beatles." He then puts on the Eagles' New Kid In Town. I mean, for f***'s (please insert password) sake! And on comes this country-mexicali piece of pop mush, which used to make me run over to the radio to turn it off even thirty years ago.
What's wrong with the Eagles, then? Well, they can all play perfectly, their vocals are seamless, their songs are well-crafted, they seem like nice guys...And I feel like I'm going to die of boredom as soon as I get within earshot of them. So it is subjective, you see. I wanted to get to the bottom of this, so in a spare moment today I trawled YouTube to see what it was that makes me so allergic to them. Two vids later, I'm paralysed with boredom and have to wake myself up by finding a 1977 vid of ACDC doing "Problem Child" with Bon Scott on vocals. I can recommend this to anyone who feels as jaded with the rock medium as I sometimes do.
Meanwhile, the radio, when it's not guffing out all the 70s stuff which they played while busy ignoring punk rock, is now churning out Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Keene, loads of bands doing their best to sound like them...or James Blunt and loads of people who are trying to sound like him etc etc etc and indeed blah-de-blah.And the music industry wonders why it's losing money!
I have always thought that pop music should be done quickly, cheaply and imperfectly. Ideally a benevolent government would be one who took all the musicians' expensive gear away, and gave everyone a Watkins Rapier, a Burns bass, a Broadway drumkit and a Bontempi organ instead. Then all the bands should be given 4 weeks in an 8 track studio to come up with two albums and six singles. There should be a stipulation that at least a quarter of the songs should be fast cheerful and summery. And if they couldn't do it, they shouldn't have the job.I mean bloody hell, there's got to be something better than this, hasn't there? Never mind flu outbreaks, we've got to do something about this stuff on the radio. It's killing the human spirit.
Dame school slate.
Complacent Eagles fans, yesterday.