Trailers are, like the medium they are representing, both audio and visual in nature. While we may watch trailers for the snippets of the feature to come, it is the music that is often most successful in setting the tone. ...Read More »
Streaming music has us divided
How relevant is the singles chart these days? [*Note: The numbers used in this article refer to UK sales/streams only.] Now that streaming is counted along with sales (which is currently 150 streams to equal one ‘sale’), the charts have ...Read More »
Sing Street: You’re in a band?
Ah, the coming of age drama. Such a staple and yet so often botched. Do it well and you can tell a tale of universal appeal. Do it poorly and your film will surely be a hive of insipid sentimentalism ...Read More »
Arguments for a shared experience: Does what the artist intended matter?
I recently found myself in a heated argument with a friend about an author’s intentions and whether readers should respect them in always reading the book in the way it was intended to be read: from start to finish. The ...Read More »
Miles Ahead: Come at it with some attitude
The musician biopic has sadly become a staid and generic entity. Since Walk the Line, the format has been refined to a soulless template, mapping out predictable plot points to be applied tritely at well-edited points in the musician’s life. ...Read More »
AC/DC: Rose or Bust?
‘Are you deaf? You wanna hear some more?’ – ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution’, AC/DC (1980) Who plays bass for AC/DC? I’ll give you a minute. Then we’ll get to the question of who their vocalist is. There are bands ...Read More »
Science fiction and fantasy TV theme songs: An assault on the ears
Theme songs are important. They set the mood and make fans immediately think of their favourite shows. Unfortunately, science fiction and fantasy television have been consistently appalling at picking a good song for the job. Why is that? When Star ...Read More »
‘Name Says’ Songs: A Lou Reed Writing Thread
‘He said, “How many songs did you write?” I’d written zero; I’d lie and say ten. “You won’t be young forever. You should have written 15. It’s work.”‘ – ‘Work’, Lou Reed & John Cale In the later years of ...Read More »
There is a House from New Orleans: The new punk of Corrections House
‘Poetry doesn’t mean flowers and trees and bunnies and stuff’ – Mike IX Williams Punk is an approach, not a destination. It’s an ethos rather than a rulebook. But that’s an ideological debate that’s been present almost since its inception. ...Read More »
It Ain’t Trickin’ If You Got It: Music-Making For The Money
In the well-thumbed compendium of music interview clichés, there’s a particularly dog-eared page for the dictum ‘We make the music for ourselves – if anyone else likes it, that’s a bonus!’ Musicians are supposed to only care about the music ...Read More »