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Sun, Nov. 8th, 2009 12:28 pm
Everything you know isn't a panda

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(Anonymous)
Tue, Nov. 10th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)

I think there's been a constant re-focussing of elements which existed already. UK rock is standing still - are the Arctic Monkeys a quantum leap from Supergrass, are the Cribs a world away from the Stereophonics?


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kineticfactory
kineticfactory
this is not your sawtooth wave
Wed, Nov. 11th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)

The lowest common denominator, the commercial mainstream (which includes what is commonly known as "indie" in the UK today) moves more slowly than the avant-garde, or its numerous after-echoes, because it is a moving average of them (much like a low-pass filter), cutting out the weirdness and collecting the more marketable elements in a streamlined, dumbed-down form. It also imposes a delay; it took a quarter of a century for the Gang Of Four to make it to the mainstream (minus the Marxism and situationism, all of which were replaced by a sexualised narcissism marketable to cocaine-using bourgeois bohemians), in the form of Franz Ferdinand.


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