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A recording diary - click opera
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Wed, Dec. 17th, 2008 01:35 am
A recording diary

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imomus
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imomus
Wed, Dec. 17th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)

There's a wider picture that emerges from this diary, combined with hindsight, a picture of how politics and culture dovetailed, or rather how Britain went thattaway in the 90s and I went t'other.

What's clear here, both in and out of the studio, is that I'm attuned to non-white Britain. Outside the studio, the people I notice are wearing African robes. I bristle with hostility towards white people who seem dismissive of blacks. Inside the studio, I'm excited by french pop, sure, but also a new crop of 90s bands like Galliano, the Dream Warriors, Massive Attack, Soul II Soul. These are mixed-race bands on new labels like Talkin' Loud. They're making distinctively 90s forms of fusion music, acid jazz and trip hop.

So, although my own label Creation is about to take white indie guitar rock massively mainstream with Oasis (who fuse Status Quo, the Pistols and The Beatles, basically), and although grunge is about to be a worldwide white rock phenomenon, I'm far, far away from those developments. It's as if I feel there's a connection between all that stuff and the racist cabbie who alienates me so much. I'd much rather be a marginal figure like Rob Gallagher from Galliano -- a man with Celtic roots who lives out a romantic bohemian vision of black subculture, especially jazz culture.

It's not so surprising, given these feelings, that I'll shortly marry a British Bangladeshi woman and leave the UK. I won't be around for Britpop, and all those union jacks. That stuff rubs me up the wrong way.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Dec. 17th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
The end of Altermodern has already happened

I think I read too much into Britpop. I saw it, essentially, as post-altermodern. We'd had hybridisation, creolization - the chicken tikka masala effect (Glaswegian diners obviously years ahead of dutiful, authentic, by-the-book French intellectuals) (although Bourriaud admits he is no philosopher) that Britpop was a way to reassess legacy cultures (even nationalism) in light of grass roots change.


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