Ive been watching the TV series on BBC 2 “Im in a Rock and Roll band”.
It was entertaining fluff for a saturday night and I suppose if your
12 or an elderly person on the edge of death an insightful look at the
workings of a rock and roll band.
However as per the usual BBC/Guardian reading leftie peace and
vegetable rights left wing bias, the Guitarist episode was the kind of
cultural reworking chairman Mao would have been proud of.
From Hendrix to Blackmore to Lynrd Skynrd, the 70’s were lumped into
one big pot, no mention of fusion or the 70’s Jazz rock boom that
predated punk. No mention of Grunge either.
The entire school of Classic rock guitar post 1978 was referred to as
“American”. Of course guitar solo’s were seen as bad and male and
homoerotic in a wrong sinister kind of way by the BBC. Something male
and primal and… wrong…. but the best selling guitars of the 1980’s
world wide were Superstrat types beloved of guitarists who played
Then theres the music, after punk lots of 80′s hit singles had guitar
solo’s on. Punk didn’t kill that as Mark Radcliffes salty voiceover seems to imply.
Michael Jacksons biggest records “Beat It” and “Dirty Diana” had
guitar work by Steve Lukather, Edward Van Halen, Steve Stevens etc. No
mention of the guitar solo’s popularity in 80’s music, long after punk
had died. Lionel Richies two biggest 80’s hits have guitar solo’s too.
The sole champion and arbiter of taste in all this anti guitar soloing
propoganda is yet again Johnny Marr!!!! No mention of other creative
guitarists of the time such as John McGeoch or Lu Edmonds or Jamie
West-Oram (who Johnny Marr rips of big style on the Modest Mouse
album), or even Billy Duffy, who started off as a post punk hero and
then went into the rock & roll cliche and enjoyed every minute of it.
How dare he, I imagine for the controller of the BBC it would be like
watching a gay man turn straight!
Perhaps the most sinister element of this programme is that you can
vote for your favourite musician as selected by the usual suspects. So
in effect, if you think your favourite guitar player is James from the
Manics, or favourite bass player is Bernard Edwards from Chic…..errr
Im sorry your not allowed to have a voice. Your allowed to vote for
Alex James from Blur (even though he stole his bass playing style from
John Taylor of Duran Duran who stole it from Bernard Edwards) and now
makes er cheese.
The biggest problem with British music and its lack of ambition in
recent years is the London centric cultural dominance of a few
journalists and DJ’s who have tightened the reign of what is
“acceptable” to be included in British music to such an extent, they
have strangled it. Thrown out the baby with the bathwater. Thats why
we ended up with the noughties genre of “landfill indie” and thats why
aside from heavy metal, the average british indie band guitarist plays
with the skill of a parapeliegic in a coma. These “industry experts”,
know nothing of passion, nothing of joy and the sooner this country
has a cultural purge of these individuals the better. I don’t need
Stuart Maconie or Mark Radcliffe to tell me about Rock guitar, the
fact that the BBC want them to tell me speaks volumes about its
agenda to close down debate on what is good, what is bad and what is
music. That for me is deeply sinister.