Monday, October 15, 2007

hello, britain?

this guardian article swings and misses, but those making comments seem to have struck the issue.

the brits no longer make good music. it's all north america.

a quick search through my iTunes reveal that i've bought three UK albums this year, (art brut, radiohead and electrelane). i also bought the editors second album but i've listened to that all of one and a half times.

ten years ago three-quarts of what i'd probably be buying would be british: blur, pulp, belle and sebastian, suede, massive attack, radiohead, &c. &c. now, it's all so bland: bloc party (i just heard their 'sparkle you with my wit' song on rrr this morning, DO IT, don't tell me you will), arctic monkeys, killers, hard fi... yawn.

is this part of a general cultural malaise? is london's material comfort curbing their artistic ways? (w. apologies to the thrills) maybe it's the fact that their sports teams win occasionally?

i'm not sure, as i know zilch about these things, but it's idea i'm willing to throw out for the sake of digital discussion and the potential for an inflated ego when i can say 'you read it here/there/at bici first'.

3 Comments:

Blogger timboy said...

I think it is because they're sports teams are winning, and because they eat too much junk food and it hass rotted their brains.

4:24 PM  
Blogger larson_b said...

all day i've been thinking that i should have listened to more north american music in high school:

pavement, weezer, ween, sloan

the 1990s were a golden period all around i think.

5:55 PM  
Blogger C-MAC said...

Ween: once of the most underrated bands of the past 15 years.

10:15 AM  

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