The Public Gets What the Public Wants

By: Nick Southall

Posted 08/07/2006 - 10:37:08 AM by Zarklephaser:
 Probably only 10% of the people involved in making a record, producing it, publicising it, designing the sleeve, getting it on shelves and on the radio, actually give a shit about the music on that record. Including the band.

I just read this thought in your article, Nick, and I fear that the rest will not live up to it. Very well stated. And true.
Posted 08/07/2006 - 10:41:51 AM by Zarklephaser:
 Great piece regardless.
Posted 08/07/2006 - 12:28:14 PM by Carumba:
 Surely 'The Public Gets What the Public Deserves' - for better or worse. On the bright side, this allows a feeling of superiorty. Alternatively communism is an option. Enjoyed the piece...
Posted 08/07/2006 - 01:53:26 PM by tom1977:
 nick, pleeaze write an article without using the word "Compression"... we've got your point!
Posted 08/07/2006 - 02:30:56 PM by darinfic:
 heading underground, are you?
Posted 08/07/2006 - 04:07:04 PM by :
 I don't care how compressed it is, I want to hear "Hot in Herre" like a million times. Or "In da Club". I don't care if the bitrate sucks, the radio botches the signals all to hell. I love those songs.

Mediation is here to stay. Look into transhumanism. We're way beyond ideas of personhood that include "soul", as some abstraction of human consciousness (that, of course, presupposes its primacy). Bemes. Look into them. Read Agamben, too. "The Coming Community." Debord is yesterday.

Maybe you've made yourself remote from the sort of thing that allows one to fully enjoy a song like "In da Club." Maybe it doesn't matter what anyone wants, and never has. Don't try to tell me people don't like music anymore. They buy in record numbers. Maybe the reasons why people like music have changed. Maybe they've changed back to what they were on that steppe in Africa from which we all evolved originally. A social activity. A sense of belonging. A rite. Something as ephemeral as any other force of nature. Not something reliant on the sexually frustrated SWM aged 18-35 (with his guitar). Something bigger if not "better".

Posted 08/07/2006 - 04:13:35 PM by :
 The fact that people would rather download songs is a function of no one having time to physically schlepp to whatever store to pay ten times what iTunes is shilling for.