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Mon, 03 Dec 2007

Creative Shambles

A while ago I had a few uncomplimentary words to say about the last Babyshambles album and having just heard the latest one, I thought I'd give you an update: it's better - not love it to bits, can't do without it better, but better all the same with some nice dirty guitar and some original-sounding songs.

The reason I mention them at all is just to highlight the problem of being original and having something to say, both musically and lyrically. There are plenty of bands who don't aspire to this at all - they tack themselves onto a genre, and away they go, hoping to get laid a lot and maybe even get a buck or two... until they grow up, when they'll get real jobs. I'm not sneering at them at all but my interest generally lies elsewhere.

Do the BS (sorry, couldn't resist it) belong in this grouping? I think they're groping to get out of the grouping and maybe when they're Teenshambles, they'll have found a voice. The fact that they're looking and groping commends them a little.

In contrast to this are people who hardly seem able to do the commonplace. They stand up and sing, or whatever, and many people don't have a clue what the hell they're talking about - that's the downside (in commercial terms anyway). The trick, of course, is to have a few accessibility handles that people can catch onto. Mstation interviews one such this month, Jessie Evans who, amongst other things, finds interesting places to put her sax playing - including artpunk bands.

The good news for all of us is that there's actually quite a lot of this sort of thing out there. You need to find it, and then you need to lack the need for hype to say it's alright to like it. In other words, thinking for yourself is good, even though it can be time-consuming.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Peace and Love, dude/tte. (thunderfinger)

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