If people who like them want to see them and pay to see them, then there's really nothing wrong with that at all.
It might be a wider cultural problem that not many bands from recent history have reached the size where they can generate the level of excitement that that this reunion has, but that's really a separate issue, and I'm not sure it's caused by a bunch of forty something gatekeepers refusing to listen to anything new...
If you are wondering why there's near universal praise of the reunion, (so far) it's fairly simple. A LOT OF PEOPLE LOVED THEM. There wasn't too much division about them at the time. They had five tracks in John Peels festive 50 in 1989. The indie kids loved them, the ravers loved them, They actually unified people, - fools gold crashed two scenes together, crossed over and became a mainstream hit.
Creating a vacuum by tearing them down, or acting like you aren't excited isn't going to magic new exciting bands into existence. If I thought it would, I'd pretend not to like them.
There's no genius single, but it's a very solid album.
I mean, a pretty major band with worldwide past success - and they give them that much space?
but this is a great interview, and i find myself nodding in agreement with the "Under New Labour, Britain became a giant call centre really..." soundbite.
It did perfectly well in relationship to it's budget (30 million dollars) The issue there was the hype gave people expectations that it would be a 100 million dollar plus hit at the box office, which it wasn't ever going to be.. The expectations created the perception of a bomb.
Both movies will do great on DVD/Blu but Scott Pilgrim has to do a LOT better than Kick Ass because it's budget was so high...
it's budget was 85million dollars (including marketing) it's taken about 15million back worldwide, Box office receipts are not profit though. Unless DVD sales are ridiculously incredibly stellar, it's unlikely to turn a profit and thus MAKE money...
why is her head on backwards?
LOTP it is for me then...
interesting counter argument, however i can't help but feel we were discussing people being offended by profanity and not Deities being offend by it..
God does not have to exist for people to have the experience that something is a profanity. However this experience happens only in their mind not because something IS profane but rather that they interpret it as being profane. The IDEA of god might need to exist in their brain for them to have that internal experience, but not god him/herself.
IF you want to argue about what god would find profane at which point we might have to imagine an omnipotent, omniscient being who is also, a bit touchy about what people say about him/her, which frankly, i find a little absurd.
no, no it really can't. It needs someone to mentally interpret it as profanity and that interpretation "exists" only in the mind of the person interpreting it as such.
In this case, the person is you.
Just because lots of people might interpret something as being "profanity" doesn't mean the intrinsic qualities of the thing they are interpreting change.
I do not interpret this phrase that way. Thus to me the phrase "Rubbing shit in god's eyes" does not register as profanity. I am not offended.
For the sake of a mental experiment. let's say I hold fast to the similar premise "holiness can exist as an entity in itself" Let's also use the same stimulus.. The headline of this piece.
Indeed on first reading, this title reminded me of the medically unsound biblical story of jesus mixing his saliva with dirt (which probably contained some kind of animal droppings back then) and rubbing it into the eyes of a blind man which had the result of giving the man his sight back.. The act of rubbing shit into gods eyes by a music critic could therefore be metaphorically a holy act enabling god to greater see the glory of his creation, the same way that people can be good christians yet on sundays they have to SHOW god they are good christians by going to church. *
Given the evidence, i conclude- The phrase "rubbing shit into god's eyes" is holy, and this holiness exists as an entity regardless of the existence of anything else.
It turns out that even if i had held fast to this interpretation of the phrase, and believed the words "rubbing shit in gods eyes" to be holy .
Reading the article that follows, i would learn i was incorrect,that the meaning i ascribed to the words was not the one intended and given the context, not what they mean at all,
Still, the entity i identified them as - "holy" was not actually the entity they are at all. Would this essential quality change because I learnt something new? were they really "holy" to begin with??
The idea that these words were ever intrinsically holy, would just be a meaning created by me, in my head. Just as the idea that this is profanity and that profanity exists regardless of someone to make it profanity is one created by you in your head.
There are no entities existing by themselves here, just people hallucinating that there are and seemingly some who're aware it's a hallucination.
*Music writing/criticism as praise/elevation of god's creation to a level where it's more godly?- what have i said?
what i meant to say is, it's offensive?
It's a shame a good chunk of the interesting music writing has shifted to the internet because now, there's nothing to read in the toilet.
and there's a spot at glastonbury unannounced still...
could it be?
Where it's at.. was the precursor to After skool klub. Going Underground was the precursor to Trash.
I understand your confusion though, they all shared a huge crossover in clientele, dj's and ethos.
interesting article and a weird blast from my past- thanks.
yes, it bloody well is. except with added "lady in red".
This is spectacularly derivative. Given the right push, it'll be huge. Personally, it makes me feel ill.
it would be nice if it was good, but honestly, i am thinking it's gonna be "free as a bird."
i saw him 13 times (plus aftershows) last year, i hope for all the people going he decides to just play a greatest hits because then coachella won't know what hit it. And Kraftwerk playing too? i must admit, i am seriously jealous.