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Where we leave art for tart

I just posted this massively off-topic rant on a mailing list I’m on. It’s a variation on something I’ve been banging on about for ages; the deification of celebrity. I doubt it’ll be the last time you hear from me on this topic.

I considered since it was a largley off-topic ramble that I should repost it elsewhere as people in the original mailing list will probably just sigh and skip to the next post.


On 26/03/2008, xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> i recall the amount of new recording labels erupting at the time,
> releasing 12″ with moronic music and a “hot” girl doing “vocals”.
> Anyone with a girl that wasn’t too afraid to come on a microphone had
> a record out then.

Hasn’t it always been like that? Someone does something
interesting/novelty and makes a few quid, suddenly everyone is onto it
and a craze starts. If there was anything artistic in what started it,
it’s trampled underfoot in the rush for quick profits.

Everyone wants to be a star, you see all these kids in schools now
who’s main goal in life is to be a star, and they get convinced of it
because “people just like them” “made it”.

Most of them have no real talent, at least in the area they are
heading in. I watched a TV show last week with this local girl in it
who was going to be a huge famous singer. She kinda looked cute which
was the only reason, I think, that the two bit record producer took
her on board I feel. She sings, therefore she has talent… seems to
be the belief. She might be shocked to find that a lot of her
school-friends could sing as well as she can with a bit of coaching.
It’s just that singing is no longer a passtime for most people. It’s
seen as the reserve of “pop stars” and wannabees, rather than an
ancient form of expression that is open to all.

This girl won’t make it because she’s not an exceptional singer. The
market for teen hotties who can sing is stale and I can’t see there
being room for anyone new until she’s too old to be accepted. She’ll
fail, and she’ll have put al her hopes in this and will see herself as
a failure for the rest of her life because of it. Any taken she had in
any other field will likely be overlooked.

I’m off topic now, but this is something that really bothers me. I
think the internet and the craze of these fucking Pop Idols-type
programs have given a lot of kids false hopes and wrong directions in
life which will leads to lots of young people with no hope and
shattered dreams and a worse future for all of us.

Why would a young person struggle to be a “normal” person, in a
“normal” job like shoe sales, plumbing, design, PC maintenence, car
repair etc etc… when there is a chance you could be a star?

For many being a star is all that matters in life, anything else is
deemed as a second rate life.

Here the road to the downfall of humanity begins, or at least turns
from a meandering lane into a highway.

I know that most of them time I’d rather have a good plumber than
another Britney Spears.

Because at the end of the day stars are of no practical use, they just
sit in the sky looking pretty and distract us from the real issues on
the ground.

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Following serious email interest from a couple of people since my post on the grief list on the subject I should elaborate on my TGDVD recording session stick-puppet theatre video offer:

This video will feature the FULL TGDVD session as it appears on the bootleg mp3s I downloaded and the full concert film played out imaginitively by myself using handmade paper-dollies of the band mounted on lolly-pop sticks, augmented by choice FX from some old BBC Radiophonic Workshop LPs. This will be filmed in traditional SVHS handicam format lovingly distorted by bad focus and over-caffinated operation. The video itself will come specially wrapped in black dyed surgical stocking with the TG logo hand-drawn on it in red crayon, this will be contained in an old seventies style ladies shopping bag bought in the local branch of WarOnWant (the style of the individual bags may differ according to supply) along with a certificate of ownership and five glossy printed cards showing screenshots of random websites about riverside wildlife. Each package will be individually numbered from 1 to… whatever number it goes up to.

Each set will be hand-crafted to order and may contain individual quirks that will add unique charm to this special piece of historical importance.

I’m offering this video free of charge to all of those who wanted to see TG over the past year but couldn’t because they wanted to wait to see if anyone else they knew was going or for their tax rebate to come through. There will be a modest administration/handling charge of £400 payable in used notes in a brown paper bag left in the back-seat of an abandoned Ford Fiesta beside the line coming into Norwich train station. Please remember to leave your address and phone number along with the names of your children and what school they go to.

This is a once in a lifetime offer (unless it comes up again later).

Look out for my forthcoming Genesis P-Orridge paperdoll. Recreate Genesis P-Orridge in the comfort of your own home (or somebody elses). The first in my Put Some Bloody Clothes On! series of paperdolls for shameless exhibitionists with poor taste.

This notice is intended for satirical purposes only and is not to be taken anyway other than lightly.

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Special Offer

Officially Unnofficial Throbbing Gristle DVD recording session stick puppet recreation.

Following serious email interest from a couple of people since my post on the grief list on the subject I should elaborate on my TGDVD recording session stick-puppet theatre video offer:

This video will feature the FULL TGDVD session as it appears on the bootleg mp3s I downloaded and the full concert film played out imaginitively by myself using handmade paper-dollies of the band mounted on lolly-pop sticks, augmented by choice FX from some old BBC Radiophonic Workshop LPs. This will be filmed in traditional SVHS handicam format lovingly distorted by bad focus and over-caffinated operation. The video itself will come specially wrapped in black dyed surgical stocking with the TG logo hand-drawn on it in red crayon, this will be contained in an old seventies style ladies shopping bag bought in the local branch of WarOnWant (the style of the individual bags may differ according to supply) along with a certificate of ownership and five glossy printed cards showing screenshots of random websites about riverside wildlife. Each package will be individually numbered from 1 to… whatever number it goes up to.

Each set will be hand-crafted to order and may contain individual quirks that will add unique charm to this special piece of historical importance.

I’m offering this video free of charge to all of those who wanted to see TG over the past year but couldn’t because they wanted to wait to see if anyone else they knew was going or for their tax rebate to come through. There will be a modest administration/handling charge of £400 payable in used notes in a brown paper bag left in the back-seat of an abandoned Ford Fiesta beside the line coming into Norwich train station. Please remember to leave your address and phone number along with the names of your children and what school they go to.

This is a once in a lifetime offer (unless it comes up again later).

Look out for my forthcoming Genesis P-Orridge paperdoll. Recreate Genesis P-Orridge in the comfort of your own home (or somebody elses). The first in my Put Some Bloody Clothes On! series of paperdolls for shameless exhibitionists with poor taste.

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…in the not too distant future…

BREAKING NEWS: MUSIC POLICE MAKE MAJOR RAID

by Our Legal Entertainment Correspondent, Frampton Bulbous-Fish

Yesterday the music police confirmed that they had made a major bust on a warehouse outside the city where they found thousands of illegal CDs featuring bootleg artists. Seven people were arrested at the warehouse and another five at a simultaneous swoop at the home of an unlicensed artist where police found an illegal recording studio and many unlicensed instruments and recording equipment. EMI-AOL-TimeWarner spokesman Dr Tim Warner claimed it was a major victory against illegal music recording: “We had been after this gang for some time. the market share of some of our artists have been damaged by their illegal distribution of criminally produced ‘sound’, I refuse to even describe it as music as it is not music in the eyes of the law, and the rights of many of our artists have been violated by the potential loss in exposure these criminals have no doubt caused.”

Moronic riffs…

“Every criminal that makes, distributes and promotes unlicensed music is stealing the food from the mouths of our legal and law abiding artists. These laws exist to protect artists and ensure their hard work is not violated by people recording without a license, and to protect the consumer, and especially kids, from dangerous and subversive music that for years corrupted kids and drove them to alcohol and drug abuse, crime, rape and other depraved and disturbed activities… some claimed that the licensing of music production restricts freedom of expression… well what about the freedom of our artists to produce music unhampered by the promotion and theft of audience by subversive and so-called ‘independent’ artists? Not to mention the drop in exposure to dangerous and pornographic forms of music as were produced prior to the restrictions being put in place? Statistics show that the rise in crime has been slowed quite substantially by the licensing laws. Criminal gangs are still promoting the illegal creation and performance of so-called music but I think today has been a major blow against their organization and tied in with the raids on underground clubs and concerts is sounding the death knell for the illegal production of music. I’d say this is the best thing that has happened since we successfully restricted access to the internet to AOL v37 users only and eliminated filesharing and the unlawful distribution of copyrighted materials that had blighted and almost destroyed the industry that our livelyhoods depend on.”

Unimaginative garbage…

Unlicensed British musician Terry Hall, formerly of pre-license bands The Selector & Fun Boy Three, toured the west coast here with his independent band “Dearth Of Art” also featuring fellow veteran british old-tyme rockers Ian Broudie & Billy Bragg on an anti-licensing ticket last year. From his prison cell he told us “The fact that people can no longer freely create music without an expensive license from a corporate multinational monopoly that with their power over the western governments has set itself up as the be-all and end-all of the art of music is a testament to how decadent, apathetic and stale of thought the human race has finally become. I and those of my generation never thought we’d see such a time come as this which is like George Orwell’s worst dreams come true. I see no real hope left, maybe subsequent generations will stand up and regain their freedom of expression before money became the most important thing in the world. Frankly I’m looking forward to my execution. If only I didn’t have to wait until 2017. If only they hadn’t confiscated my belt…”

Terry Hall is 57