Pop Playground
Stylus Sells Out...

By: Nick Southall

Posted 03/04/2004 - 01:42:22 AM by IanMathers:
 To paraphrase George Carlin: "To people who don't want me to 'sell out' and do ads I have one thing to say: pay my mortgage."
Posted 03/04/2004 - 02:52:14 AM by scottmckeating:
 RE: its not so much who he appeals to or 'what he stands for' that fills me with fear but the fact that his voice is like old mouldy bread.
Posted 03/04/2004 - 03:58:16 AM by NickSouthall:
 Who's voice is like mouldy bread, you lunatic? Carlin? Where've you bought these similies you're using lately from?
Posted 03/04/2004 - 04:15:10 AM by scottmckeating:
 Cullum's voice to me is like mouldy bread in that it’s chewy. He sounds to me like he’s chewing something small and soft (perhaps Gnocchi) while he’s singing and not enunciating very well, I suspect this is due to the fact that he seems to be using a ‘jazz/lounge voice ™’. Another similarity to mouldy bread is that once tasted (or in Cullum’s case heard), I find it easy to regurgitate (or in Cullum’s case, its easy to do a impression of a British fellow doing transatlantic jazz dude voice as its quite a common thing). As for the similes? I'm channneling a 10 year old.
Posted 03/05/2004 - 01:47:00 PM by petebromaghim:
 People love pop, but people also love innovation... Is appreciating Big Star and the Velvets is elitist because fewer people know them? No, their records are pop music. It's likeable. And their experimentation within the pop sphere cannot be passed off as a exercise in frustration at the music world. As the Beatles and countless others, wealthy and poor, can attest, one can and should get fairly tired of playing the same brand of guitar pop. If not very popular (Chilton, Velvets) a change in sound is labeled "rebellion", while if one is already commercially successful (see Radiohead, Blur, Pearl Jam) it's a "success-sabotaging risk"? I don't think so. The so-called "shunning of success," with the exception of Pearl Jam's musical politics, is equated throughout the article with changing one's sound. When living, breathing pen name Courtney Love claims that Radiohead "let her down," she's really saying they changed the path to commercial success. Damn them for breaking allegiance to that one and only pop sound that she knows and likes! Radiohead laughs last-- the impetus behind the next record's "new sound" is just as much a selling tool as the consistency to the previous one. Having altered the path once, showing their prowess and changing people's expectations, now they can take any musical route they choose, a freedom that's pretty attractive to any musician.