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Mardy Bum – Morrissey claims he can’t get a record deal

Morrissey has revealed he is currently without a record deal, complaining that no labels have sought him out. “There’s not much I can do about it,” he said. “You assume that anyone who wants you will come and get you” he claimed, whilst wearing a t-shirt saying ‘come and get me’ and ringing his bell.

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These things take time – Cold War Kids

Things change in music. There’s a commonly held theory about U2 which illustrates this beautifully. Many feel that if the record industry had been the same when they emerged as it is now that they’d have been dropped around about the time of October. Oh sure, they’d have signed to Factory or Rough Trade  and released a few more post-punk singles, but there’d have been no Live Aid, no Joshua Tree, no Bono-as-world-leader-pretend. I didn’t say it was always a good thing.
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Guitar music – dead again?

Guitar music is dead again, apparently. What do you mean you didn’t know? Well, it’s your fault for not noticing.

Yes, as utterly ludicrous as it seems following the year when Kings of Leon sold 18 trillion albums and you couldn’t get a ticket to see Mumford and Sons without a hundred quid or the willingness to blow a shifty Scouse tout out the back of the venue, guitar music is yet again being given the last rites. This is being hyped before the return of White Lies, who follow up their rather enjoyable debut ‘To Lose My Life’ later this year.

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The Songs That Saved Your Life – The 00s: What Now?

ColdplayIn the final part of our look at decade-defining works, we shift gears slightly and look at what the current era will be remembered for musically. Frankly, we’re gutted John and Edward won’t release a record before the qualifying period ends.

So, the 00s, or the noughties, or whatever you chose to call them. What will they be remembered for? Iraq? Black President? Economic catastrophe? ‘Jenny from the Block’? Continue reading

The Live Experience – The music vs the show

ColdplayOur intrepid reporter Mrs.Morrissey attended last nights Coldplay show at Hampden in Glasgow. We’re not carrying a review because it’s Coldplay and it doesn’t count. You know what Coldplay sound like and, in simplistic terms, you’ll know whether you would have enjoyed it or you wouldn’t have. They are Coldplay. They played all the Coldplay hits, and 50,000 people ohwoahwoahed to that one which sounds like ‘Walking on Broken Glass.’ Coldplay remain, like Snow Patrol, not as risible as Razorlight but still not worth actually listening to.

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The Monday Meh! – U2

Iu2f ever a band divided opinion, it’s U2. Some see them as the ultimate modern rock band, able to channel their obvious passion into classic songwriting. A band who connect with their audience and always seem to be able to fit into the prevailing mood in music. Others see them as clumsy practitioners of vapid, cliché-strewn bombast and recoil from their preachy value-pushing and ham-fisted worldliness.

No matter which side of the debate people find themselves on, they generally agree on one thing though; Bono is a twat.

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‘A Bloke in the Pub Told Me’….Facts!

GerbilA steadfast and indisputable truth of the Universe is that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Similarly, anything a bloke tells you in a pub is gospel. Once you realise this, it opens up a plethora of facts and figures which, while sharing the common factor of being singularly useless, are nonetheless mildly interesting. Many of these pass into folklore, becoming almost the defining characteristic of the individual. For example, if I say the words ‘Richard Gere’ to you, chances are you won’t immediately think ‘star of such films as ‘An Officer and A Gentleman’ and ‘Pretty Woman”. No, chances are your mind will conjure up an image of a small mammal of the order Rodentia. Is it true? Doesn’t matter. If a bloke in the pub told you, it’s beyond your mortal mind to contradict.

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