One of the most hateful aspects of modern life is the return to wealth and higher class being seen as virtues. Back when you could be skint but respected for being clever or creative, there was room for those without money or the fortune of birth to make their way and have an identity. I don’t see it now. Newspapers and the media have rather too much reportage on money and wealth, as if it makes you a better or more interesting person. It doesn’t. Eurotrash used to be a term of insult.
I’ve just been sent a link inviting me to have a free copy of Mojo. Recalling that I signed up to “The Word” about 2 copies before it was closed, I fear the worst for our worthy but sometimes rather dull remaining music magazine for persons of a certain age. Maybe it’s all moved on-line now?
Mr Strange has finally passed on, and the ‘Ballet were worthy enough to carry the coffin. I hope the coffin went under in a sea of dry ice and folks singing “it means nothing to me”…
The last place pretty much shared the hate between two bands who evoked maximum insensitivity, Spandau Ballet and Nickelback. I have no pride in finding the former particularly crap with the exception of “Chant No 1” (good because it was probably driven by the funkateers behind the scenes, not ‘the ‘Ballet, Tony Hadley having all the musical wit and grace of David “Flashman” Cameron, and the band desperate wannabes).
But. But. Are there worse bands to compare and contrast?
Don’t hold back. See this as psychotherapy.
This was posted on the Vice website: http://www.vice.com/read/the-nme-is-going-free-the-music-magazine-will-charge-a-cover-price-for-the-last-time-this-week-552
I stopped reading the NME almost 30 years ago, and I don’t know any youngsters who do, but if it was to become a music-fans “Metro”, it might have a function. The US has lots of advertising-funded freesheets acting as independent media guides for their cities, along with specialist music freesheets. So it may not be a disaster.