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Why do indie bands feel the need to start ‘feuds’?

Coventry’s Jam-clone hobbits the Enemy are apparently locked in a feud with stunningly average Manchester Oasis-copyists the Courteeners. It is unlikely, I’ll grant you, that we’ll need to send Henry Kissinger in to mediate on this dispute, but by God its tiresome. You cannot open the NME these days without seeing some band slagging some other band (with the exception of the Ting Tings, because every other band secretly wants to shag them.) Why do they feel the need to do this? Does it lead to real aggro? Do these bands stand outside each others rehearsal studios inviting the others to come down for a scrap?

I just don’t reckon this would have happened in the 60’s. Can you imagine Brian Wilson listening to Sgt. Pepper and saying ‘right McCartney you cunt, me and you outside NOW!’? What is the point of it? Is it that all working class bands have to ape Oasis and find their own Blur to try to build up rivalries? It’s pitiful, almost as pitiful as the Enemy’s new single (note to Tom Clarke for future videos; you can’t do ‘smouldering.’ You look like a confused potato. Stick to riotous shouting like  ‘Away From Here’, suits you much better. Also, you can always tell when a record label are milking an album. ‘This Song Is About You’ should have been kept as an album track.)

Recently the Enemy were involved in a public spat with the bemusingly pointless Horrors. Stop it! It’s so dull. And there is no point to it. The Enemy are moving into arena territory. The Horrors would struggle to fill a toilet cubicle. (As an aside, I saw the Horrors supporting the View and genuinely thought it was a joke. If it isn’t, seriously guys, just stop. You know it makes sense.)

So c’mon. It’s time to wrap this juvenile shit and get back to making great music. Music should bring people together, contemporary bands should encourage and spur each other on to new heights, new dimensions, new achievements. Pissing contests about who is the hardest? Playground bullshit we neither need nor want.


9 Responses

  1. You cannot open the NME these days without…

    Might one be so bold as to suggest that herein lies the cause of your problem???!!!

    I read this one – Plan B. A bit arty in some of the writing, but pure alternative and no bullshit

    Coventry’s Jam-clone hobbits


    Bunch of other good points in there as always.

  2. Looks good, thanks for the tip Logman!

    I admit, I’m a magazine junkie – I read ’em all! Though I treat the NME more like an upstart teenage cousin these days, bless its little cotton socks.

    I’d also recommend Word Magazine.

  3. I can’t hack Plan B. Almost unreadable… Word’s alright, but for a mag about words, it’s laughable that the book reviews only cover two pages.

    I like a good feud. Nothing like it. I’m constantly trying to get into feuds with rival blogs but nobody accepts the thrown gauntlet.

  4. I love Private Eye’s Book reviews – I genuinely do not recall them ever liking a book, ever.

    Swineshead – I can understand the lack of trophies, but by Christ do your mob look special when they play well. Next season maybe?

  5. We live in hope.

  6. I totally agree with your view. I made some very similar point on them too.
    No, not convinced about the hype!

    The Courteeners exclusive live-on-stage B&W pics on liveon35mm.com

    you also have the enemy, the ting tings and loads more.


  7. I feel the need to contribute. Indie bands. Why? Without trying to sound like an old person, true “indie” died with the collapse of the Rough Trade/ Cartel distribution network. All the bands who claim/declare indie status are generally record company patsys like The View (no fucking songs, incidentally), Hard Fi and those twats Kasabian. Do you think that Mayo Thompson or The Pop Group would have considered these knobends “indie”? Ok, I’m an old person, I admit it.

  8. The View are great, HW. ‘Superstar Tradesman’ is a simply magnificent manifesto for a young band, and for a Dundde band to describe being asked to ignore this rock star thing and do an apprenticeship because ‘you’ll get a house in the Ferry’ is genius.

    That said, I do agree with the bastardisation of the word ‘indie’. I use it reluctantly because, as you say, these bands aren’t indie, not proper old school indie. I just struggle to find another term so descriptive! I can’t use ‘alternative’ because, frankly, they aren’t!

    So readers, what should we call it? I’ll kick of with ‘palerock’.

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