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- You Can't Judge A Book… by The Strypes
1/10 Scott Customer review, 22nd November 2013
For what it's worth, I'm a huge enthusiast of this type of music. The Action, Syndicats, Yardbirds, Downliners Sect, Pretty Things...all great bands who deserve their place in musical history, but
1/ FIFTY YEARS AGO! That's when it would have been a good time to be a bunch of white kids doing Bo Diddley covers. Ride the wave of RNB hooliganism in '64, bit of facemelting freakbeat in '66, psych the hell out in '67/8, become pensive and proggy, split up. How do I know these schmucks are going to be peddling exactly the same flavour of rubbish ten years from now.
2/ Major label! SOOOO cynical and lazy. Why bother taking a chance on something new when you can go on about how young these guys are, and know you'll sell X number of copies with the right marketing campaign. Safe, boring, lazy, yuck.
3/ There are hundreds, thousands of bands doing this type of music, who are decent enough to confine themselves to their own scene...dirty water club etc, where I don't have to see them and be annoyed at their unoriginality. Why bang on about these guys, Uncut, Mojo, NME etc? Because they are on a major label and presumably have huge amounts of backing. SOO lazy.
This kind of thing is the music industry at it's absolute worst. Reminds me of Alan Partridge coming up with desperate tv ideas "BUNCH OF IRISH TEENAGERS IN FANCY DRESS AS THE GALLAGHERS DOING OLD TIMEY MUSIC"
Anyone who's written a note about these guys should question their vocation, the label who've released their material should sack all their staff and start again. The Strypes should change their group name, drop the goddamn attitudes and be happy with their lot as a (possibly) cult act who can play aging mods birthday parties and sell a few seven inches afterwards,
1/10 kell Customer review, 22nd November 2013
Scott's review is probably my second favourite record review ever (first was a guardian weekend review that said an Ocean Colour Scene smelled of evil and death).
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