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11 November, 2005

Casual disdain

Last month I suggested that the 'internet revolution' of bands like the Arctic Monkeys achieving prominence through web-based self-promotion rather than via the manipulation of major record labels is nothing new – Marillion pioneered several major developments years ago.

In the Guardian, Alexis "Aren't I witty?" Petridis seems to address the point:

Selling music via a website became the province not of hip new bands, but old stagers considered defunct by their labels: Simply Red, Level 42, legions of wizened prog rockers. They were making a living, but the whole business still carried a slight taint, the modern equivalent of flogging your records from a car boot.
Ah well; Petridis was never a friend of Marillion, so one can't expect the courtesy of due credit.
Comments

In defence of Mr Petridis he is a Hefner fan (or was when he posted about them in 1999), and thus a higher form of being due only deference from Marillion fans :-)

Posted by Jan B at November 11, 2005 04:25 PM

Er, no. ;)

More seriously, it's not about being a Marillion or Hefner fan (I like most of their music, but wouldn't call myself a Marillion 'fan'), it's more about basis respect for innovation, irrespective of personal taste, and about smart-arse Petridis taking cheap shots at easy targets. I've frequently thought his writing betrays greater concern for a snappy turn-of-phrase and sense of 'pop journo cool' than genuine substance.

Posted by NRT at November 11, 2005 04:42 PM

I've frequently thought his writing betrays greater concern for a snappy turn-of-phrase and sense of 'pop journo cool' than genuine substance.

Doesn't that reflect the sorts of music the likes of Petridis champions? i.e. the sorts of bands PT's 'Four Chords That Made A Million' was about.

Posted by Tim Hall at November 11, 2005 11:04 PM

BTW, are you going to Marillion in Manchester next Sunday?

Posted by Tim Hall at November 11, 2005 11:11 PM

'Fraid not; double-booked! I'm confident I'll hear it later, though. ;)

Actually, Tim makes an excellent additional point in his response to this entry: internet-based self-promotion doesn't only bypass record labels, but metrocentric arbiters of popular taste like... Petridis.

Personally, I wouldn't credit music journalists with the cunning to rubbish those artists developing a new(ish) market which might diminish their influence I think it's just an automatic "too cool for the geeky internet" response but maybe Petridis does feel threatened by loss of 'ownership'.

Posted by NRT at November 12, 2005 12:21 AM
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