Who Guards the Guardianistas?

“…We’re not so much a reaction against what’s going on – it’s more down to the music that we’re into – but in terms of guitar music there hasn’t been much in terms of louder groups.” – Bored of cookie-cutter conformity in music?, The Guardian, 6/iii/ 2014.


Elsewhere other-posted:

Ex-term-in-ate!

2 thoughts on “Who Guards the Guardianistas?

  1. That sentence nearly reaches ITO critical mass.

    Are there any writers for the Guardian that you actually like? I read Alexis Petridis (who is a music critic, of all things), who’s wordy but has an unfailing ability to poke fun at the ridiculous. All his columns have at least one great part.

    http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/sep/25/robin-thicke-itunes-festival-review

    “I’ve got a big dick for you,” he sings while patting his crotch, as if to clarify that said big dick isn’t sprouting out of his elbow

    http://www.theguardian.com/music/2005/mar/11/popandrock.shopping6

    Jackson is no big shakes as a rapper, but as a lyricist he’s a disaster. He can’t even insult people properly. For all the controversy, Piggy Bank’s slurs are witless. He calls Fat Joe fat, which, given that he already calls himself fat, seems unlikely to sting the very core of his being.

    Unfortunately, a music critic is still a music critic, and sometimes he reverts to type.

    http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jan/30/young-fathers-dead-review

    This Edinburgh-based trio stir up a globalised, magpie-ish stew of hip-hop, electronica and leftfield pop

    • Are there any writers for the Guardian that you actually like?

      Steven Wells was in the Socialist Workers Party and was a big mate of Stewart Home. He was also one of the funniest and most verbally inventive writers I’ve ever read (see e.g. For the Love of Blog and Rooney: a snap judgment). But he seemed to know nothing about science and genetics and, as a SWPer/Guardianista, he couldn’t joke about things that need joking about, like anti-racism, feminism and bum-banditry. I also wish he could have experienced a society run by the SWP, just for a bit. But we are getting there.

      I read Alexis Petridis (who is a music critic, of all things), who’s wordy but has an unfailing ability to poke fun at the ridiculous.

      I like him and Anna Pickard’s ideo-aesthetic engagement with November Rain almost makes Guns’n’Roses worth it. But again, Petridis and Pickard can’t joke about certain sacred topics.

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