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Thu, Feb. 4th, 2010 02:01 am
Regal Zonophone

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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Thu, Feb. 4th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)

I have to agree completely here. This has been my experience as well. Except for a few of the mega artists (stones, madonna, beatles, michael etc.) you almost never heard anglo saxon artists on the radio or in the record stores. There would be rare exceptions. I remember that Queen were huge in Ecuador. But that was because they toured SA extensively in the late 80s. Also, the Ramones (rah-moan-ez) were bigger in Brazil than they ever were in the states, getting mobbed liked the beatles whenever they toured there. It makes me wonder if these lastfm stats are the result of college educated american and european IT workers being stationed in different countries?

This article gives a much better idea about the "art" being produced by china for foreign markets.


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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Thu, Feb. 4th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)

counterpoint: the caymans in the 70s and 80s had one radio station and no tv. The radio would play caribbean flavored easy listening mixed with yacht rock and the occasional american country track from the 60s like don williams or charlie pride during the day, punctuated by bbc world service news on the hour. At night there would be an hour long religious broadcast from 8 to 9 (light organ music beneath low key sermons and scripture reading in that lovely sing song patois, and news of deaths and births on the island) and from 9 on there would be reggae shows (the old stuff from the 60s and 70s, not dancehall). By the early 90s, satellite dishes began sprouting in every yard which meant ameican tv, and there was another radio station modeled on the worst of american radio (K92 - playing the power hits!). A Hard Rock cafe was built in georgetown and at night, you would hear cars driving by with the dull thud of american rap boom booming from the trunk. Teens began wearing Tupac tee shirts.

To see the worst of american monoculture take over in the space of a few short years was sickening. I remember talking to a man who ran a dive shop who's family had been living there since 1960 who told me that his brother wouldn't even visit. That it wasn't his island anymore.

I guess I could be accused of conservative golden age-ism, and there is probably some truth to that, but I was there, and I miss the old Caymans. It really was special.


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milky_eyes
milky_eyes
milky_eyes
Thu, Feb. 4th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)

I forgot what an interesting life you've had...
You've been all over the place.

Indiana Jones.


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