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    Walking, chopping wood and staying out of trouble.

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  1. These were entirely my point. You could add Jet, The Thrills, etc but it was all a bit meh. Arctic Monkeys & Doves - great. The others were 90's bands. Re: The Q about current excellent female artists... Janelle Monae, Lizzo, Aldous Harding, Brittany Howard, Daughter, Nadine Shah, HoneyBlood, Little Simz, Kae Tempest, Jenny Beth, Flock of Dimes, Marika Hackman, Laura Marling, Sigrid, Sylvan Esso, Lorde, Stealing Sheep, Anna Calvi, Róisín Murphy, Self Esteem, should keep you going for a while.
  2. Bib1 Not many Brits in there (1?), so stand by it. Bib2 Plenty of great female artists these days railing against what's important to them.
  3. And one more from the Queen of filth. 2002.
  4. Could be worse. Cardi B could be advocating drink driving, speeding while smashed and taking advantage of poor girls.
  5. Interview with Doves on their new album, after a fair few years out.... https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/doves-interview-new-album-universal-want-review-b421027.html “Putting out my own record, these days you have to give them everything, that’s what I learnt,” says Goodwin. “Sleeve, free videos, all paid for by yours truly. I was in charge of every decision, it was back to nuts and bolts album-making and I’ve got no one else to blame. Out of your comfort zone. It’s nope - still swearinging hard out there, man.” It’s what new artists coming through have to do these days, and Doves got a shock. “It’s really tough for new bands,” says Andy. “The odds are so stacked against you. We were lucky, we caught the tail end of an industry.” My point is 'Mainstream/Pop' costs money. Bands still do it for the love of it and there's loads of great music around. Early 2000's, perhaps not, but I think it's back on track now. I was young in the 90's. Great energy and excitement, some good music, but bands like Menswear were getting big contracts on the back of a couple of singles. They looked the part, but really? There's no way that would happen now. Number 2 in the Album charts atm are Sports Team. They all went to Cambridge. Are working class bands going to get there when their first priority is paying personal bills, before stumping up for videos, promotion, tours, crew? Probably not on the whole, so they bobble along under the radar, just making good tunes.
  6. Yeah, it was a bit of a starwars sunset, but they never come out on the phone.
  7. I was chatting to our mates 16 year old daughter the other week, asking about her playlist and telling her about some new albums we'd bought. She said 'bought?, nobody pays for music anymore'. She uses her Dad's Spotify account. Spotify is great for searching out new music. When I've found what I like, I try to buy the album, or go and see them. Many won't, so what's in it for the artists? Without promoters, management, etc, they won't make the mainstream, unless they get lucky. No surprise that artists/bands that do make it these days are from middle class backgrounds and will be seen as dull, but there's still plenty going on aside from that.
  8. There was much more money about in 99 and the years proceeding it. That's why you get so many one man/woman bands these days. Being in a band just doesn't pay, until you're playing the big venues. I was reading an article the other week about one of the members of Wild Beasts, who's gone out on his own and just couldn't make touring pay. I think he's got a job now. There's still plenty going on, but it's not mainstream. One aspect that I do like these days is the different projects that artists get into. Perhaps because they have to? I like a US Band called Wye Oak. Jenn Wasner is fantastically talented. Does her own thing as Flock of Dimes, tours with Bon Iver. Appeared on Future Islands recent single. Getting going as a producer. That might be one of the good things to come out of the mess that we're in at the moment. Hopefully shed loads of pent up creativity to come, when bands can get back out promoting and touring.
  9. It was utter filth. Loved it.
  10. The Knack - My Sharona was a single.
  11. Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch. 1999. Edit : The Discovery Channel one....
  12. Pop music has been cr*p for decades. That's why it's pop music. Same reason fast food is popular. Marketing, saturation, but ultimately it's not good for you. We don't have kids, but I definately wouldn't want my 12 year listening to The Stones - Under my thumb. It's down to me The difference in the clothes she wears Down to me, the change has come She's under my thumb And ain't it the truth babe? Under my thumb It's a squirmin' dog who's just had her day Under my thumb A girl who has just changed her ways Or The Beatles - Run for your Life Well, I'd rather see you dead, little girl Than to be with another man You better keep your head, little girl Or I won't know where I am You better run for your life if you can, little girl Hide your head in the sand, little girl Catch you with another man That's the end, little girl Well, you know that I'm a wicked guy And I was born with a jealous mind And I can't spend my whole life Trying just to make you toe the line Horrible. and if she asked me what 'Swipe your nose like a credit card' meant, I'd be in stitches.
  13. Lovely out earlier. OH met her mates in Hedge End last night. She said they had a bit of rain. Nothing up here. I'm sure it'll be fine, but you couldn't make this up....
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