InMe – Well apart from the fucking obvious Kurt Cobain worship, can you still be cool if your favourite band sounds like Silverchair? Didn’t think so. See also Reuben, Vex Red.
Miss Black America – Again by now you should have all alphabetically arranged your Manic Street Preachers records and written some really deep poetry when Joe Strummer died. File with Kinesis, Smother and pretty much every band out of Cambridge.
The Cooper Temple Clause – It has nothing to do with Warp Records and everything to do with Sonic Youth and Jesus and the bloody Mary Chain.
Interpol – Joy Division were miserable because they came from Manchester, Interpol are miserable because one of their brothers is an NME staffer.
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – David Yow was in a band called the Jesus Lizard. This is what they would sound like if they were deaf. And you thought the word ‘psychosis’ was cool.
The Coral – Frank Zappa didn’t come from Liverpool. Thank god.
Hundred Reasons – Why on earth when you aspire to sound like Braid, Cap n Jazz, Dag Nasty and Texas Is The Reason, do you end up sounding like this? Is it because those nasty, baseball cap wearing, =emo= kids made fun of your sub Jade Tree, Deep Elm, Vagrant squandering nonsense?
Cat On Form – For god’s sake they sound like Fugazi. Call Dischord and ask for the catalogue back.
Winnebago Deal – Mudhoney were cool. Back in 1989.
Colour of Fire – When you play jagged guitar pop, it’s cool to say you like Sonic Youth. You don’t. You liked Idlewild’s ‘Captain’. And Brian Molko’s hairdresser.
The list is endless…
Please feel free to add your own where applicable. Remember this is not to patronise, just to help you when the great big world is splurging the same crap to a different generation. And it’ll keep happening until someone stands up and says excuse me mister boss man, can I have my quarter back because you peddled this same rubbish to me last week. Music is not about reinventing the wheel, it’s about ignoring the bloody thing and coming up with something that is sooo much better that people will be forced to stop selling you the same model. First one to do so gets a high five.