Monday, 15 September 2008

Sorry Andrew Botterill and Phil Teer

Am I the only one to think that the new band out of Glasgow, GlasVEGAS, are complete turd? Not only do they have a shocking name but their music is about as creative and inspiring as my no frills tesco ham sandwiches that ive got for lunch.

I first came into contact with these miserable whiny five some, who all look as theyve had one too many deep fried mars bars on the JUles Holland show, during which they were completely overshadowed by the likes of The Raconteurs. Thinking theyd never grace the airwaves ever again, they have since been dubbed as the new Oasis! rubbish.

Another case of effective music marketing and PR forcing crap tunes into our ears. Thoughts, comments, feelings would be welcome .


14 comments:

Phil said...

Anonymous, I agree with you about Glasvegas. They were hyped by NME and Alan McGee and compared to the Jesus and Mary Chain - which is an utterly bizarre comparison. Big Country or Arcade Fire with their bland stadium rock aspirations would be more accurate. Or maybe by new Oasis theyn meant a new old oasis.

However, I think you should stick your deep fried mars bar comment where the sun don't shine.

www.stlukes.co.uk said...

Phil, please see amended blog post.

No hard feelings?

www.stlukes.co.uk said...

i was only joking.


anyway, having now watched the vid I can see why people originally thought they were like the mary chain. however, i saw them twice at Glastonbury this year and they sound nothing like that.

the real problem is people like NME being too desperate to claim they spotted the next big thing.

Phil said...

The last comment was me :)

www.stlukes.co.uk said...

completely agree with your comment re: NME, they are completely unindependent and just support bands that they have a vested interest in.

www.stlukes.co.uk said...

wasn't a founding principle of the blog "keep it positive?"

www.stlukes.co.uk said...

wasn't a founding principle of the blog "keep it positive?"

Becs said...

It points to a rather sad predicament for our society I think. With the dawn of myspace and web 2.0, we're supposed to be in an age where the musicians, the real artists, can wrestle back control from the bean counting record labels. Yet here we are with more an more of the same old manufactured sound, from bands that all look the same. Maybe it has given bands independence, but maybe its also meant that they don't have to work as hard, to be as original or different, in order to get noticed. Yes, its more democratic, but isn't it all a bit X factor. You might argue that this is great - that more people have the opportunity to realise their dreams. Or you could argue that because the bar has been lowered to such a degree, anyone can now be a rock star. I read an article the other day about how lots of kids aren't working at school these days, because the life of a footballer or a rock star seems so easily within their grasp. Why should they bother dreaming about being a doctor or a nurse when they can just audition for the X factor and get instant fame and wealth.
So it might seem miles away from the point, but I don't think it is. Rubbish bands hitting the big time is like big brother and X factor - it encourages our kids to think they sit on their bottoms and do nothing, and still get the trappings of success.

Phil said...

i don't think Glasvegas are THAT bad. They're not a boy band. It's just that they're not that good either. In saying that, they will probably turn out to be bigger than U2.

The relevance of this debate is hype, surely.

emily said...

I agree, hype is the problem. Fashion and Music seem to be the places where nothing sticks - it's just an endless, exhausting tumble dryer of "new hot thing" after "new hot thing". It's all about a quick sale and on to the next thing, whether that be Glasvegas or 'the new tartan'. The naughties epidemic seems to be a rehashing of everything that's been before in ever and ever faster circles with the press making us feel guilty about not knowing about whatever new hot thing happens to be in that week. No wonder the music industry is f*cked. I don't care about any of these bands, so I'm gonna retreat to the land of folk where things are built to last.

kathryn said...

agree - all about hype

surely the nme has always been guilty of jumping on the hype machine though - or ever since I read it.

it packages and names movements with a different hook just to sell more copies. brit pop...nu rave etc, all nme concoctions

at the end of the day, nme is a business (and a sinking one at that).

Daniel said...

what have you started Tim R???

phil said...

isn't folk the new rock and rol?

emily said...

oh yes, it's all about the folk. I'm completely emerged in the beard-wielding world of americana/engl.trad folk. Mix a little bit of northern folk songs with a bit of cowboy and a lot of bob dylan and I'm all yours.