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Monday, June 30, 2008

Too Long In The Tooth

I spent a portion of this morning watching bits and pieces of the Glastonbury festival courtesy of the BBC’s iPlayer. Mostly I find myself feeling indifferent to most of the music presented on the show, which is how Noel Gallagher apparently felt about certain aspects of the concert programming. I have to confess I’d never heard of Jay-Z (I mean not even remotely heard of Jay-Z) prior to seeing the highlights.

His retort to Gallagher (playing karaoke to "Wonderwall" might have seemed like a good idea but did you actually hear the guy singing? Flat as a proverbial pancake - but then maybe it was deliberate; a clever jibe at what Jay-Z perceives to be the inadeqacies of the Gallagher oeuvre . Or maybe he just can't sing a decent tune for toffee?

And then, maybe I'm just too long in the tooth for what passes as both today's pop music and irony?

2 comments:

Hazy Dave said...

Defending the validity (or something - perhaps the popular appeal) of live hip-hop music, the editor of an 'urban music' magazine says, "Gone are the days when a guy would turn up with a microphone and grab himself while wandering around mumbling." Published next to a photo of Jay-Z grabbing himself. Hah.

Will said...

I don't think Jay-Z ever claimed to be a singer and I put his terrible attempt down to nerves (how naive am I?) But I loved his set. Oasis would have had the crowd singing along I'm sure but, for me, the Jay-Z set was always going to be more interesting. If only because Oasis seem to produce a homogenized mush of music that doesn't seem to even aspire to greatness. You're right though - why is there so much boring music? I'd like to think that's a challenge to the younger creative community.

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