A Rush and a Push and The Land Is Ours 29/11/2007
Firstly, apologies for the massive gap in-between blogs. A mixture of me being on holiday for a couple of weekends and extra staff being introduced here at Sentric means I’ve been a rather busy bunny. So, lets kick off shall we?
Morrissey; he’s a racist! That is of course if you believe everything you read (which of course you shouldn’t unless it is written by either a) Charlie Brooker or b) Stephen Fry). The Smiths front man’s lawyers have demanded a written apology from the New Musical Express for misquoting the mozfather in a way that if an idiot read the piece, they might mistake him for a BNP member:
“Although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears. So the price is enormous.” “If you travel to Germany, it’s still absolutely Germany. If you travel to Sweden, it still has a Swedish identity. But travel to England and you have no idea where you are,”
Now Mozza (I’m running out of nicknames for him now) may never have even said this but even if he did, I personally wouldn’t see it as racist (and please don’t email me calling me a racist, I don’t read the Daily Mail ). National Cultural Identity is an important factor in a nation’s agenda, but this doesn’t mean we should be white, eating fish and chips and going on holiday to Skegness. Look at New York, its own (State) Cultural Identity is the fact that it is so culturally diverse with pretty much every colour and creed having at least one representative living there (remember the documentary Jungle 2 Jungle?).
Anyway, off the point there a tad. As it stands the NME missed its deadline Stephen’s lawyers set them to apologise so what do we all reckon is going to happen next? Will the NME never report about Morrissey again? Will Morrissey care if they don’t? Will the readers of NME get the face on if they don’t report about their favourite depressive? In essence they both work on a mutually beneficial level: Morrissey is big enough to sell copies of the NME and the NME is big enough to increase Morrissey’s sales if they give him a good review. A good friend of mine has bagged himself a 2 week internship at the NME so it’ll be interesting to discover what he thinks of the place…
Lets face it, the NME is THE music magazine in this country. It genuinely has the power to make or break bands (although it’s not the be all and end all if you do get a bad review – take the Darkness. The NME hated them from the day they saw them support Def Leppard in somewhere like Bradford, but the voice of the nation was to be heard and the Darkness became massive with their debut (and rather good) album ‘Permission to Land’. The NME tried to swallow their pride but Justin Hawkins rather brilliantly said he’d only do an interview with them is they changed the name of the magazine to MEN for one week so it’d be mistaken for homosexual literature. Marvellous.) If the NME like you and keep constantly putting you on their front cover and throw superlatives around when describing your music and basically drive the hyperbole train at full speed towards the town of overnight fame then you can enter the chart with doing little other promotion. So is it a good thing to always have the press on your side?
I personally don’t like the NME any more. I used to do when I was a naive youngster but the more I learnt about music, the industry in general, reading other publications, writing for other publications etc, the more I realised how sloppy the journalism within the NME can be. Its got to the point now that I believe if you walked into the NME office then the first thing you’d see would be a massive pinboard that is divided into 2, one side stating ‘BANDS WE LIKE’ and the other, ‘’BANDS WE DON’T LIKE’ and if you write for the NME you have to abide to the ‘pinboard of truth’. Despite this fact, if the NME approached me and said “we think Sentric’s service is really cool and benefits our core readership of unsigned/independent artists and we’d like to do a piece on you” then I’d jump at the chance! Does that make me a contradictory swine? Or a shrewd businessman? Answers on a post card…
All in all I’d suggest it’s a good idea to keep the press and media on your side and try not to piss them off too much, especially for bands at an unsigned/independent level. A band I know have a close relationship with a local radio station and that has helped them received a valuable amount of radio exposure which is hard for your average unsigned/independent artist to obtain. Then there is another side of this. When being interviewed; don’t make a prick of yourself. There is nothing wrong with a bit of controversy now and again, but if you go to far then you’ll just shoot yourself in the foot. It seems a common thing to do to be noticed in the music industry is to slag off other artists that are more established then you. Try it. Next time you’re being interviewed by Look North tell them that you think The Sugababes are all cheap strippers and that you agree with Morrissey that all the ethnics should be deported…
Or even better, do a Lee Ryan (remember him? Of course not) who majestically said “Who gives a f**k about 9/11 when there’s dolphins dying in trawler nets?” No wonder Blue never ‘broke’ the states eh?
What I’ve been reading this week: Ian Britts blog and you remember my post about being cool? I suggested Josh Homme is one of the coolest people in the industry and I received many objections. Well read this and then disagree.