Thursday, April 28, 2005
A music psychologist writes:
"Eclectic selection mixing pop classics with pretentious obscurantist tracks. Obviously someone seeking both approval from mainstream society (see the choice of the Steps track), but also a hat tip from the hipsters (picking a few tracks from the 1979 Earcom compilations.)
Thinks he is being knowingly ironic in some of his more hit parade selections (again see the choice of Steps and the Desireless track), but it just belies the fact that he is a pop kid at heart. Picks mainstream artists from the eighties such as Yazoo, Human League and Simple Minds but goes for the little known tracks from their early days, claiming this was when they were interesting musically and lyrically (in the case of Human League), soulful (in the case of Yazoo) and under 250 pounds in weight (in the case of Jim Kerr of Simple Minds). He's just being pretentious again - he can't help that atavistic behaviour.
In conclusion, a recommendation that he takes out a subscription to Filter magazine, and watches the Amp music channel rather than 'We Love the Eighties' all-weekender. Throwing in an Interpol track doesn't fool anyone. The chap is locked in the past - 1890s politics, 1980s music and 1990s dress sense only confirms that. He must also try to snap out of writing about himself in the third person. That really is fucking annoying."
*Copyright - Manny Shinwell (Labour fakir Passim)
Monday, April 25, 2005
"I went to see a documentary about Morrissey fans last week. The film started with the idea that there was a "window" in your life in which songs really were able to change your life; that window closes after a while, and doesn't open again. " (My emphasis)