• Tuesday Ten: Biting The Hand That Feeds

    29 jui. 2008, 18h25m par amodelofcontrol

    This week, it's time to turn inward a little - and look at songs written about the music industry. Needless to say, this kind of song is almost always written in a negative light (I can't think of any positive examples - if you can, I'd love to hear from you), and here are ten examples of this very craft. Any other suggestions - this list was a bloody hard one to collate - welcome as always.

    The Smiths
    Paint a Vulgar Picture

    Quite possibly the ultimate song about the music industry, almost every single lyric in this track holds true today, over twenty years on. Based around the idea of a record label dealing with the death of one of their artists, their first reaction isn't mourning, but instead how it will boost their bottom line:

    Re-issue! Re-package! Re-package!
    Re-evaluate the songs
    Double-pack with a photograph
    Extra Track (and a tacky badge)



  • "Since I lost the power to pretend that there could ever be a happy ending"

    24 mars 2006, 12h40m par catwank

    Why does The Juliet Letters make me weep every bloody time I hear it? Why do I smell humid spring dew when I hear Tears Before Bedtime? Why do I still see him glancing up from the strings to meet my eyes during Beyond Belief?

    It's harsh. I can't listen but in small doses anymore. It's back in the literary magazine office with Cleo, screeching the the middle eight of Radio Radio just to irritate Redzilla, it's arguing with Julia because surely she's heard Every Day I Write the Book, what, does she live in a cave or is she just pretending in order to guilt me, it's me scribbling he stands to be insulted and he pays for the privelege on my art portfolio.

    I love his voice. It has this wonderful creak to it that reminds me of polished wood and fine wine. I love the way it trembles as it booms. And I love the sneer in his words, the bite of his lyrics. It is because of his influence that I feel Flowers in the Dirt is McCartney's best solo work ever. …