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Wednesday, September 15


Popjustice recently opined delightfully on the idiocy of Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand being derisive of "marketed" pop music and suggesting that due to Idol and similar, people are turning out of sheer disgust to "proper" music that probably has no dancing in its videos and has not been in any way "marketed".

This led to an astonishing number of rockists offering up scathing comments (in the "comments") about how Popjustice has "got it wrong" and there being a "dip" in the quality of Popjustice articles recently. That such views exist is far from surprising, but what IS surprising is that such people are reading Popjustice in the first place. Frankly, if you're persisting with the offensive notion that there is more artistic merit in pop music written by its performers than pop music that is written by a third party, you should not be going anywhere NEAR Popjustice, or any of the other blogs Fop likes.

Look here, at this, from the aptly-monikered "Stupid and shallow":

"...suddenly your Franz Ferdinand light goes from green to red and they turn from vaguely brilliant pop band to "cocks". Now we're all "supposed" to dislike them because the lead singer sounded like Kelly Jones for about two sentences. Right you are, time to burn the albums."

Well, YES! Frankly, Popjustice is ALLOWED to be flippant and capricious. It's one of the things we like, you see, about it. And it's reflective, too, of the nature of pop. One day you're lauding something's high quality, the next you're horrified by it.

In summary, it's as though SOME PEOPLE thought that Popjustice was "meant for them", when perhaps there are some ideological oppositions in place that are just going to result in the comment sections being clogged with musings that miss the point of the entire Popjustice enterprise, as these ones seem to. Those people should, in our view, SHOVE OFF!


At 12:42 pm, Blogger Jess said...

In any case, Popjustice never said that Franz Ferdinand's music was shite. They just said that Alex the singer sounded like a cock - which he did. The the ol' die hard fans can't BEAR to hear ANYTHING said against their heroes and someone have turned Mr Popjustice's blog entry from "Look at this daft man, going all pretentious and 'I'm Too Good For Pop'. Naughty!" into "Franz Ferdinand are the DEVIL! Only LOSERS listen to them! Their music is trite and lame and they're SO three months ago"

I completely get where Mr Popjustice is coming from - it was a similar comment from a similar (erm, ish) band that inspired my Pop VS Real Music article. Snow Patrol apparently opened their Sydney concert with a "Just been watching Australian Idol, how crap and manufactured blah blah blah feel the wrath of my mighty guitar!"

And I was really disappointed because I like Snow Patrol (what I've heard anyways), I thought they were above pop-snobbery (ie they brilliantly covered Crazy In Love) and it was just such patheticly regurgitated student bar tripe. Seriously, aren't we all a little beyond the pop witch hunt? Can't we all just love music that kicks arse regardless of genre?

Sniffle. I'm such a stinking hippy music wise.

Peace, love and mungbeans

Jess xxx

At 12:44 pm, Blogger Jess said...

"The the"

Well written, Jess !

*slaps self*

I think I meant "But the" - in any case, I'm sure there are tonnes more mistakes so allow me to beg your forgiveness now, Will!

At 2:26 pm, Blogger blurton1 said...

MIA: Fop.

At 2:13 pm, Blogger Jess said...

I miss him. But now he's practically my new neighbour so life will be grand again!

At 2:16 pm, Blogger Mel said...


At 5:42 pm, Blogger Darp said...

Franz Ferdinand sound like Blur with cheaper guitars.

At 8:52 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come back! We miss you! And Chanel needs your support!



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