Bands; Those Funny Little Plans (That Never Turn Out Right)

By: Nick Southall

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Posted 11/08/2005 - 11:20:27 AM by evanw60:
 Brilliant. Thanks for that!
Posted 11/08/2005 - 11:26:38 AM by :
 re culture as nature, been reading Hebidge? cuz i have
Posted 11/08/2005 - 11:39:11 AM by NickSouthall:
 Not read Hebdige in a long, long, long time... But the idea's from there. Him and Barthes.
Posted 11/08/2005 - 12:40:56 PM by J_R_K_:
 any article mentioning Manic Street Preachers and KLF has to be by Nick Southall, and by association, awesome. This sort of reminds me of the thesis Conrad Keely of Trail of Dead wrote about Robert Plant and other classic rock stars obsessed with greek mythology and being "golden gods" or whatever.
Posted 11/08/2005 - 04:59:35 PM by darinfic:
 these just keep getting better.
Posted 11/08/2005 - 07:07:29 PM by joeyjeremiah:
 Mmm that was really great. It's interesting that such a substantial part of music journalism deals with the story (myth) and cultural context of a band and not the music itself, and that it can affect the evaluation of the music's merit in either direction.
Posted 11/08/2005 - 10:28:05 PM by adentice:
 I find a big part of the whole "myth" thing with bands has to do with behaviour at live shows and interviews. The bands who chat away happily/make jokes during their sets really lose something of their mythical 'haze' for me. It's the whole idea of suspension of disbelief. A band who play intense shows, don't say a thing on stage, aren't accessable for interviews and won't explain the meanings behind their lyrics allows you to invent a mythology for them based on their music and image alone, which is cool. I think Interpol do that quite well. By the way, really enjoyed the article, but i have to quibble with the use of the crossed-out-word as grammatical aid. You Stylus people do it quite a bit, and while it's cute, it's a bit lazy. Make a choice! Sorry, the article was anything but lazy, but you know...