Robert Wyatt received an honourary doctorate from the University of Kent. This took place in a graduation ceremony today, a day after my graduation ceremony! I missed the chance to meet him. This is patently unfair as I obviously, out of all the graduates, I'm his biggest fan. (Rock Bottom is my favourite record of all time.) I doubt whether any of the graduates have ever heard of him!
Yes, shocking indeed. Of course I have no problem with someone having a contrary opinion, but claiming that someone is a snob just because they like one album more than another - even in jest, which I'm sure it was - is pretty silly, especially when we are talking about an artist that's made a handful of stellar albums.
Anyone who says Rock Bottom isn't his masterpiece and suggests another of his recordings is his masterpiece is a show off and a snob. .. I Havent immersed myself in the post Rock Bottom phase completely, but so far the music he made in the 80s & 90's amounts to nothing more than a giant snooooze fest. Even that Ruth/Richard album does nothing for me.. Not everyone shares the same opinion guys, what a shocker!
V Haha! Well, let's just say that I think the competition up that end of the Wyatt scale is stiff. He is, after all, a MASTER|MUSICIAN so why can't he have a number of masterpieces? I have listened to a lot of his music over the years and much outside of the context of the Rock Bottom years. I'm not a snob or a show off when It comes to his music, merely a very enthusiastic fan who's immersed himself in Wyatt's music and formed his own opinions. That's quite understandable, right? Isn't that what we keen listeners do, who keep last.fm accounts, listen extensively, beyond the "recommended" territory of artists like Robert Wyatt and populate shoutboxes like this one with our highly "informed opinions"? Actually, come to think it, I am a very discriminating listener, a snob if you will! Just not in the way you imagine, Mr. Chap.
Before hearing something from Wyatt I read some reviews and some guys said that they didn't like his voice. Now I've listened to him I have to say they were completely wrong. Probably one of the most interesting voices in rock history music. Also his level of creativity is unique. I love Robert Wyatt's music.
Thanks for the suggestion. But "The Animals Film" doesn't sound like Robert Wyatt; it sounds like a bunch of Robert Wyatt techno remixes. As for his voice, it's definitely unique, but I just don't dig it. I guess I just prefer instrumental music...
V What?! His voice is "so unique and beautiful" and at least as praised and admired as his music is. His soundtrack to Victor Schonfield's animal liberation documentary called; The Animals Film, is virtually an instrumental album if you are interested.