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Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 01:58 pm
Recordings received whilst world-wandering

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Sparkachu Maelworth
Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)

I was thinking about that this morning-- I mean, most American music today isn't that great to begin with. That goes for British "indie" music as well. It's like the bands are pretending that they're something they're not, instead of sticking to their roots. I understand if they want to have a musical sound like some of their influences, but adopting an accent not of their own seems a little odd.


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Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)

Setting aside qualitative judgments on current Anglo-American music, Roots schmoots. I'm grinning friendly-like here: We're all of us uprooted, entirely. What are my roots, then? I grew up listening to classical music with my parents, going to see Gilbert & Sullivan productions, with occasional touches on the Beatles & Dylan they had left over from their youth. Most of the bands that had the greatest influence on me later on were broken up by the time I discovered them - I was a late adopter of a lot of what I love now. Does sticking to one's roots mean sticking to what one heard as a child, or was brought up listening to? Or is it adopting what music you think that culturally ought to be yours - as an American, shouldn't I be mining Harry Smith for my inspiration, chuck out the amps and grow out my beard like Sam Beam? Should I be singing patter songs in Lennon-McCartney harmonies?

I guess I think influences may have replaced roots.


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Sparkachu Maelworth
Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)

Oh no, what I meant was that American bands all have influences, may it be British, Japanese, etc. It's the same with British bands. What I meant by roots was sticking to their accents. Yes, you may have grown up on the Beatles, the Doors, et al, and you can adopt many of their styles (take some of the Beatles' sound, mix it with some of Jim Morrison). It's just that I find it odd that a lot of musicians today don't stick with their accents, or simply just go with what's hip in the music world, thus sounding all the same.


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Fri, Oct. 26th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)

Hmm. I think Pollard's adoption of a British accent in some of his earlier work comes from a conviction that it just sounded better for the kind of rock he wanted to do. As he got more secure in his writing and performing, he mostly dropped that.

With the pop that kumakouji linked to up (down?) there, I think the decision is strictly economic: the biggest market for English language dancepop is going to be America, and the cowardly marketing approach will be to assume that the American public will find a British accent odd and won't buy it.

Of course, what with the current xenophobic turn hereabouts, that might not be too far off at that.


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