OFF: The Weller/Kilmister controversy
tim at KALYR.COM
Thu Nov 30 13:29:53 EST 2006
Stephen Swann wrote:
>>Whatever Paul Wellers faults, dismissing his work out
>>of hand is just crass. The best of The Jam stands up
>>well against anything else of its era, and as for the
>>current crop of guitar bands, more of them sound like
>>XTC wannabes or bad Joy Division copyists than sound
>>like Jam tribute acts.
XTC are another one of those critic-friendly bands that I've never
really 'got'. But as a fan of old-school prog rock and metal, I've never
liked cared for most of the 80s new-wave scene, much of which sounds
rather musically shallow to my ears. (I'm on this list as a BOC fan
rather than an HW fan)
> I agree that dismissing The Jam's work out of hand is
> just ridiculous, but I think the original poster was
> right - a lot of bands these days do sound like they've
> got their nose up Paul Weller's ass.
I never intended to dismiss The Jam out of hand; I do think consider
Paul Weller overrated, especially his rather dull recent solo stuff,
which seems to be treated with a reverence it doesn't really deserve.
IMO, The Jam were were more of a 'lyrics' band than a 'music' band; tune
out Weller's lyrics and a lot of their hits start sounding very, very samey.
OTOH, you *could* say the same about Lemmy ;)
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