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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Do Music Stars need to Change their Approach?
After Tiger Woods, It's Time Liam Gallagher Learned To Be More Honest
Last week in an interview with The Quietus, Frank Black of Pixies fame came out and said what had been obvious to many after the continuing success of his band’s Doolittle 20th Anniversary Tour: “The reunion shows are more about the money now”. As if to further dispel any further notions of creative grandeur from the minds of Pixies fans, Black went on to explicitly state: “I did the arty farty part. Now it's time to talk about the money.”
To some this may have come as a dent in the credibility of their favourite 90s alt-rock band. To myself this was a welcome breeze of honesty in a world where a po-faced Iggy Pop can denounce his appearance in a Swift Cover advert as “embarrassing” in one instance and then sign on to a second set of promos featuring a ‘Little Iggy’ who is mauled on the side of a golf course by a blood thirsty alligator. In fact, as a record buying public it would serve well to encourage this kind of behaviour in our usually more coy musicians.
Take for instance Liam Gallagher’s ‘controversial’ acceptance speech at the Brit Awards for the Best Album of 30 Years. It was almost expected that the lesser talented Gallagher would come out with a false show of bravado to detract from the fact he has a solo album coming out soon and a songwriting career of which the highlight is 'Songbird'. Would it not have been much better if he’d shown a bit of humility and thanked Noel for his work on 'Morning Glory' whilst conceding that his own forthcoming LP would do well to live up the sturdy competition of Phil Collins’ 'No Jacket Required'?
It would be wise not to limit this idea to awards acceptance speeches either.
When Damon Albarn in Gorillaz guise is handing out his track by track guide to 'Plastic Beach' it would be far more interesting for him to dish the dirty on what an old fart Lou Reed was rather than lavish praising upon his roster of special guests. Alternately when festival organisers announce their line up posters to a fervent public they could do so with additional annotations for each act such “piss and pint break” next to James Blunt’s early evening Pyramid Stage slot.
The possibilities for a more frank approach to music and marketing are virtually limitless so let’s all put on our thinking caps, bust some chops and most importantly lavish praise upon Frank Blank for stepping out of a wilderness of untruths into a veritable paradise of candid conversation. Afterall, it's worked for Tiger Woods.
via L4e / gigwise.com
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