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here. I don't understand how people can look at the world around them and then think about playing , let alone listening to, this music.
but this is the worst thing ever right?
that is an awesoeme song
I think Gareth will just be happy that Swells knows who he is.
but he's part of the old guard of the British music press, so really being slagged by him is just a rite of passage.
but it's still a terrible, terrible arcticle, and i hate twee music
going well so far
he must have been once...maybe...
oh yes i remember
it's when you're 13 and swear words is big and clever lols.
"an exercise in reverse engineered paedophilia". Brilliant.
the mekon was from venus, not mars. you cunt.
in no way anal people who run the The Quietus rather than Swells himself.
In Paragraph three LC! are referred to as a 14 legged abortion but in his penultimate paragraph he's sneaking into the home of all 8 members to place razor blades in their teddy bears.
Does this mean that two members of LC! are missing a leg OR is one member entirely legless??
I'm not entirely sure this isn't the first time he's written a "I hate Los Campesinos!, me, look, look, me" piece because I have vague memories of Gareth claiming he knew his band had made it when Wells slagged them off. Well done, Steven. Have a biscuit. Christ, half this forum hates Los Campesinos!, it's hardly revolutionary thought. He's the only man in Britain who believes liking Girls Aloud constitutes a counter-cultural act.
He wrote more or less the same article for the Guardian a couple of months ago.
genuinely completely fucking terrible. does his stuff even get subbed?
also, presumably username theQuietus is john doran? why are you quoted as saying that they're in their late twenties? they barely look like theyre in their early twenties what they are
Was the last great NME writer. Fact. His piece auditioning for Popstars was perhaps the greatest thing ever written. His books are also immense. Not a popular view it seems.
really loved. but that is one fucking terrible piece of writing. repetitive, unstructured, pointless and unfunny
that Doran has denied on another message board that The Quietus is connected to DiS, as you can clearly see here.
But he doesn't half rehash his material. Next week he'll be telling us Sonic Youth are shit again.
TheQuietus slags off Los Campesinos
DiS users defend Los Campesinos
world continues to turn
it's more that DiS users are saying how awful the article is. Rather than blindly defending LC!.
we need you more than ever.
but this: "twee is a way to make dull, uninteresting and suburban people feel good about themselves"
and this: "a drained-of-all-ideology, passive-aggressive, un-analysed and hideously ill-defined porridge of cringe-worthy pederasty, noxious nostalgia, oblique poetastery, tuneless fax-pop, bourgeois arrogance (posturing as DIY separatism) and right-wing anti-proletarian middle-class smugness (posturing as anti-macho anti-sexism)"
are both points that i'm glad somebody has raised.
I read that whilst trying to eat a baguette, but I didn't really understand the whole "paedo" thing he's banging on about.
he means when people who are old enough to know better are capering shouting "yay!" and wearing "cute" clothes etc. as if they had the brain of a child. it's not that far a leap from wanting to behave like a child to lusting after a child (if you're trying to write a controversial article, that is).
in the NME about 15 years ago. What a pathetic, sad little man?
I find it depressing that he still exists. Especially the fact that he still seems to exist in the eighties.
I get the impression Swells is just giving his editor what he wants. He's become a caricature of old-skool British alt-rock music hacks.
is getting old?
has sprung into existence somewhere around the year 1989. I could write most of their articles in my sleep just by stringing together angry old post-punk cliches.
also i haven't read get in the van but how much of it comprises of people getting their asses kicked?
Sarah will surely be first. Then Fortuna Pop!
Sean: "so i dunno this site's meant to be for people who still think they're trendy but are too old for DiS. Who are young and trendy on DiS that we can use to differentiate this new site nobody reads from the old site... we need to make a statement, now"
a major international incident ? what's with all the references to being on the brink of World War 3 ?
...that the Quietus articla may be shit but the Guardian article is fantastic, and a reminder of how good Swells used to be, and apparently still can be when he sticks to the correct targets.
An impassioned statement of something the writer believes in.
His whole objective is to try and wind people up. In particular that article is designed for the Guardian's blog pageswhere he is normally published. If you've read the blogs for any amount of time you know that article is pushing all the right buttons for the readers there. Seems that The Guardian has got cold feet though and left it as an article.
does not necessarily makes good writing. This Guardian article (much like the Quietus one) reads like the ramblings of a bitter old man lost in the modern world.
I'm no fan of LC, but what a dogshit sandwich piece of writing. It is like the man coughed and hocked and spat and some words come out and went onto the page.
The Quietus one was a bit daft, even if I agree with the sentiment.
a hopeless broken-record, one-joke novelty act no more worthy of serious consideration than mr agreeable.
there are some excellent writers currently contributing to theQuietus, but the general tone taken by its editorial team makes them sound like a bunch of reactionary pub bores hankering after some mythical late-80s golden era. it's embarrassing.
sloppy, boring piece of writing. Fish in a barrel.
We all peak then trough.
I did last Thursday.