Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Straight in at number one, this weeks curiously titled filler article goes to the NME’s ‘30 Irrationally Short Tracks That Should Be Way Longer.’

The whole article is completely compromised by the fact that hardly any songs are ‘too short’. None of the songs on the list have that problem. In fact, about half of them are punk/new wave. Why on gods green earth would The Pixies brilliant ‘Broken Face’ benefit from being longer?

This is transparently someone in editorial who needs to fill space cheaply and quickly, “run your iTunes in ascending order of time and choose the typical 30 bands and write tepid copy about them.”

I know this should upset me but it’s just unnecessarily poor.

Even the ‘way’ in the title is makes me sad…


Mans on Road was visibly one of 2013s profound musical inclusions. It considered the most compelling social commentary regarding the nature of community, expenditure and infrastructure. If anything, the stark awareness of its locus manifests in the oversight of its own objective.

It is alluded to that the primary purpose of the campaign is to retrieve an outstanding quantity of money. Usury rules appear neglected in favor of an explicit methodology. The opportunity of conflict although unmentioned is inferred. Therefore, “smoking the finest” will not correctly prepare the protagonist for the inevitable engagement.

It’s a meager held belief, but one that’s developing a following: the reason Kurt Cobain killed himself, is because a copy of the documentary Sound City traveled back through time to him. He watched it and hated himself for bringing Dave Grohl to the world. Kurt was pretty chuffed for releasing a 10m+ selling album that featured tangibly brutal sludge metal on it, and after achieving true subversion, the thought of Grohl pandering to arch monoliths of drowsy mediocrity Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty was more than his stout heart could take.

You have to bear in mind also that Nine Inch Nails and Rage Against the Machine were state of the art in ’94. The actual future of Audioslave and With Teeth – which are also surrogately Cobain’s fault – must have just tipped the poor fellow over the edge.

If only people would look at the horror scenarios of their middle ages, they would act more irresponsibly.

And by the way, speaking from the point of view of an engineer and a musician myself, no one gives a tuppeny fuck about the desk in a studio.

Look at the nick of this years Rolling Stone top 10 albums.

Rolling Stone has always been resentful of the fact it’s not the 70s anymore, but talk about scraping the barrel. 2012 was such a good year for music 2013 was never going to match up, but Vampire Weekend number one?

Prepare to self-harm.

Riot Grrrl

Posted: 01/08/2013 in Opinion
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Riot grrrl is over 20 years old now but has still yet to create a tangible creative legacy. Sure, there’s a concrete ideology and the same old fixture referred to bands: Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear etc but there is a reason you never see and riot girl bands in anyones best of/end of year/greatest albums lists. It’s the sad fact is that the bands just aren’t very good.

There is an admirable enthusiasm and DIY attitude flowing through the scene, and the world is a disgustingly sexist place. But starting a band with beginer musical ability and playing live ASAP actually dilutes the message and only serves to contradict the ‘girls can do it perfectly well themselves’ message. Which is a shame as there is a sore lack of women in bands.

The problem lies in the fact that riot girl is seen as a very cool thing to do, no matter how amateurish the act, the ‘ever so on it’ crowd will stout-heartedly lap it up. This is counter productive. None of the bands will ever get to a standard that people not in the elite will want to listen to them and the bands will remain preaching to the converted.

Most annoyingly though is that most of the bands are quite amiable. Where’s the riot?

Riot Grrrl

20 Best Tracks Of NME’s Lifetime – As Voted By You

Any readers’ best-of list in the NME is going to be predictable, which it is, except for one truly gobsmacking surprise.

At 20 is ‘Bittersweet Symphony’, a song that just doesn’t sit right with itself. The inward looking lyrics are at-odds with the thuggish image and incredibly obnoxious video. Which itself is at-odds with the shoegaze scene they came from. There is a great song lurking there though and they really didn’t deserve the overblown legal attack they got from Andrew Loog Olham.

There follows the usual iconic pre-indie singles – ‘Paint It Black’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ and so on – then ‘Teen Spirit’, ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Love Will tear Us Apart’ and… you know the drill.

Bizarrely ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’ charts higher than ‘How Soon is Now’. Odd, but nice to buck the trend.

‘Last Nite’ is of course present. A far superior song though is the absent Hard to Explain. One of the best singles of the 00s, it always seems to play second fiddle???  This is on a list where ‘Mr Brightside’ is at number 2 you must remember.

The NME formed in 1952 which means that the vast majority of popular music came out in its lifetime. ‘Mr Brightside’ is a brilliant single. But is it the second best single of all time?

And at number one…

Amy Winehouse – ‘Rehab’.

Wow! Seeing as her entire career was a regurgitation of Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Phil Spector, Nina Simone etc. all of whom were active in the NME era this does seem outrageous to the point of being unfair.

Not sure how Amy Winehouse fits in with the NME demographic either? She’s the only artist on the list that isn’t guitar-led and, disappointingly, along with Meg White the only women.  Also, doesn’t it seem in bad taste given how undignified her death was to keep playing ‘Rehab’?

So, on the whole a worthy if uninspiring list and it’s good to see ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ at number 6. Which will be 5 next time as Rehab will be long gone.