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Music Business Rant – Just wind me up and let me go!

In the beginning there was Music.

DJ’s then came along, because we needed someone to play the records, but they were just frustrated musicians, wanting to be famous, yet possessing no musical skill. then the unthinkable happening, DJ’s began m-m-m-messing about with r-r-r-records, and people who couldn’t sing started talking on those r-r-r-records and suddenly DJ’s were MORE FAMOUS THAN MUSICIANS!!
Then to compound the problem, Karaoke went viral. Suddenly your Auntie Mabel, drunk on last years Christmas sherry was singing I Will Survive to a note perfect backing track and she actually believed, through her drunken stupor , that “I’m as good as Gloria Gaynor”

Then, Simon Cowell happened. If ever a ‘last straw’ could manifest itself in human form, then this was he. The man who inflicted “Mr Blobby” on the world realized that if he fed the psychosis of all these talentless wannabes, he could siphon off huge wads of cash from a frankly blinkered, force-fed public and inflict garbage music on the world at the same time. Ugly Scottish women became global superstars. Stupid airhead male blond twins without a braincell between them but sharing a collective name became famous for being nondescript.
Then, as a final nail in the coffin, the computer geeks designed a game that seduced the last remaining proper music fans into thinking that THEY TOO were rock stars.

All the while, the real musicians had fallen into a coma of depression. Because, when the world has had its fill of Carrie Underwood, Susan Boyle, Jedward and all that goes with it, who will be left to write and perform real, new music? Are we to be condemned to the entire unappetizing universe of underage talentless dross releasing their own album of Swing classics, or appearing live with a 100 year old ex superstar to “add credibility”? Music business? Dog business more like.

I suppose music is a very subjective er….subject. But really, have we been even remotely close to being shown the teenage talent of a band like Free in the last 40-odd years? No. I remember Ash being lauded as an ‘amazing young band’ – yet, when they appeared on Jools’ ‘Later’, they couldn’t even keep time or stay in tune with the one-note jam at the beginning, for Christ’s sake! Have we really set the bar so low that the only genuine talent we are likely to witness would be a limbo dancer?

But the problem lies in the Large record companies failure to recognize the need for change, and consequently, having relied too heavily on a back catalogue that people are now cheerfully downloading for nothing, (for “file-sharing”, read “property theft”) they are strapped for cash to develop new , upcoming artists. This may, just may, have a similar effect to punk, whereby all new bands effectively become their own little cottage industries, building a fanbase from the ground up. But this is an infintessimally small chink of light at the end of a very long tunnel, as sales of their music, such as they are, will be miniscule, and incapable of helping the band to develop to the next level. Music, (not disneyfied, American idol pap) will in fact be doomed to become an eternal hobby, or a plaything for the already rich.

Well that’s all from me. I’m off out to buy the Susan Boyle ‘metalhead’ add-on for Guitar Hero.

Kev Moore

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June 25, 2010 - Posted by | Music, Recording, Rock, Thoughts | , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I love your rants!

    Totally agree – and the ‘business’ is now totally relying on regurgitating old material in box sets, re-issues in new formats and whatever excuse they can get away with for foisting old stuff on fans who have already got it on vinyl/8-track/CD etc.

    This all means that no-one is encouraged to be interested in the real lifeblood of the contemporary music industry i.e. new bands/songwriters creating original, interesting material. For years now, the current crop of ‘stars’ like Gaga et al have had to incorporate samples of well known old beats/riffs etc in their singles so that the (supposedly sheep like) public hear something on the radio they are instantly familiar with. The plan being that they will all rush off to iTunes to download the whole album instantly.

    It is an ever decreasing circle – if the new blood and new ideas aren’t being championed. We will continue to be fed a diet of yesterday’s warmed over slops in one form or another, and the real music will be driven underground without any mainstream outlets.

    Depressing isn’t it?

    Comment by Stef | June 28, 2010

  2. It sure is, mate! -and don’t get me started on re-hashing old stuff:

    Allsaints ripped off Steely Dan
    MC Hammer ripped off Rick James
    Sugababes ripped off Gary Numan
    Coldplay ripped off Joe Satriani
    PM Dawn ripped off Spandua Ballet
    and some nondescript eurojockey committed a crime that should be punishable by death: chopping up the gorgeous Toto ballad “I won’t hold you back” and setting to some drum’n’bass, innit?

    I don’t know what’s scarier, this state of affairs, or if they happened to muster an original thought between them.

    Comment by kevmoore | June 28, 2010

  3. Kevin,
    If translation was quite hard for me, I think I understood and I share what you wrote : at home, I have a typical exemple with my young daughter who appreciate these “re-mixed” songs in the same time she denies originals !

    I remember something : some (long) years ago, I was in charge in Calais Youth Center to make discovering classical music. Hard job ! I made some experiences : listen classical music through modern versions. For example, “Poem on the 7th” sung by J.Halliday. Lyrics were sung on original Beethoven music, without arrangement. It was a disaster ! Young boys and girls refused Beethoven…
    I suppose they are now parents of those who appreciate ripped off music… Question of generation !

    Comment by Joël | June 28, 2010

  4. Joel: I remember my old music teacher trying to use comparisons of the Kinks “You really got me” riff with some of Beethovens classical ones. It worked for me!

    Comment by kevmoore | June 28, 2010


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