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Con-fusion – BBC and collaborations

Sex changes are an odd thing, aren’t they? People who are convinced they’ve been born into the wrong sex. Even though, clearly, they have no frame of reference for being the other way round and carrying the opposing type of equipment. Progress being what it is and all, we are now able to take a boy and make a girl with more precision than with a cauterized cleaver. But it does beg a host of ethical questions. You could speculate on whether it is, in fact, such a good idea. Just because we can do something doesn’t mean that we should.

This is a notion I wish someone would tell the BBC. Now, a lot of people slag off the Beeb, but you won’t see that here. Well, not much of it anyway. The BBC provide a fantastic service that no commercial outlet would. Especially in radio, where they seem willing to cater for people with an IQ in double digits. But sister stations Radio 2 and 6 Music have a little bee in their bonnet at the moment about ‘unique’ collaborations.

Now, artist collaboration can be good. When you get two artists coming together filled with enthusiasm, pushing each other creatively, the results can be spectacular. This, however, is not that. This, essentially, is taking two artists that you would not normally expect to hear together and, well, telling them to get on with it. One is ‘an up and comer’ and the other a legendary artist to give them that legendary kudos, they anointed seal of approval. So they play live, a mix of each others songs and a few covers.

And who do we have in this latest one? La Roux and Heaven 17. Come on Beeb, no-one is interested in that bar Heaven 17’s bank manager. And to class them as legends really is pushing it. Previously we had Gary Numan and Little Boots. Hmmmnn. Surely this series woyuld be better and more honestly titled ‘ropey past-it Electro pioneers and flavour of the months reto acts’?

Fusing two artists really isn’t as simple as picking a common trait and telling them to go for it. Genuine musical innovation can often come from celebrating the differences as much as the similarities. What next? Madonna and Lady GaGa?  John Cooper Clark and the Arctic Monkeys? Editors and Marillion?

Music needs innovation, but this isn’t it.


4 Responses

  1. Classix Nouveaux and La Roux?
    Carcass and Keane?
    Morbid Angel and JLS?

  2. Status Quo and Oasis. Gotta happen.

    Oh, i forgot, only one of thoser is a current, happening band 🙂

  3. Gary Glitter and the St Winifred’s School Choir?
    Maybe not……

  4. Oasis and……oh , the list`s too big.

    Beyonce and Bin Laden……” Jihad me at hello ” ?

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