Wednesday, June 20, 2007

ALL THIS AND THERE'S THE WAR, TOO

"Apparently Rolling Stone is hemorrhaging, I mean hemorrhaging money, and it's only being kept alive because it's Jann Wenner's pet project and because Men's Health is doing so well, all that money goes back into Rolling Stone"- Mark Prindle- 2007

"Rolling Stone Magazine, another fabulous institution, we won't let those institutions ruin us!"- 2005

"In the future rock n roll will become whatever we let it become".- John Lennon- 1970

And so, here we are in 2007 (though its something like 9050 on the Jewish Calendar [and since theyre the chosen people, why dont we follow their numbers]), and some childish people who somehow become influential and powerful are stupider and sadder than ever.

Rolling Stone was founded by Jann Wenner. Among its many crimes against the music it alleges to celebrate (Kids In The Hall reference), the firing of Lester Bangs, the dismissal of The Velvet Underground, the hostility towards the Stooges, reducing all of my generation down to boring ol Kurt Cobain's depressionisms, and a few years back literally copping every single content and formatting idea from Q.

Jann Wenner is also a big wheel at that GREAT rock n roll hall of shame. I've done a few posts previously detailing who they havent inducted, theres plenty of info on the web about the record company politics about who gets in, (ok, one more time, no Stooges or Troggs but yes Fleetwood Mac & David Crosby???) not to mention a lot of it has to do with---->

Jann! At some point around 1968, Our Man in San Fran decided that HE is rock n roll (despite never having created anything) and his definition of who is and who isnt of whats great and what isnt stands sadly to this day. Even though the public has largely abandoned his idiotic confines. Even though disco, heavy metal and most importantly punk blew his favorites to bits. Even though he has essentially ignored all music made after 1974 (except for some rap to prove he loves negroes).

So yes, Jann found out that last year someone nominated the Monkees for the HALL. Jann is attempting to enforce some kinda 1919 Black Sox permanent ban on the boys. Cuz the rolling stones (for instance) allowed themselves to be groomed and primped by a manager, allowed their albums to get fucked up by the record company, hopped around cultural trends they did not originate for as long as they could, totally copped the beatles, oh and in 1964 when they werent raking int he $$$ did a fucking RICE KRISPIES commercial! Cuz bob dylan has...(do i really need to detail dylans prostitution of himself? we all know about his englebert humperdinck-like need to devalue and disgrace his talents, do what he's told, and absolutely follow the crowd [even though he might fuss and complain about it]) well you get the idea.

the point is the monkees are as authentic or talented as bob, mick, jack white or gloria gaynor or rob halford. which means plenty talented. And kinda fulla showbiz bullshit. just a question of what yr willing to accept. and I accept the boys with open arms. cuz their songs, presentation, content and ideas were stunning. They were and are true originals. Thier music holds up much better through the decades than some of the accepted "legends" or "genuises" journalists and fans alike feel obligated to champion.

So, while i normally dont care about the R&RHOS, I went ahead and signed a petition to LET THE MONKEES IN! Their hall of fame isnt the mark of integrity. it shouldnt be a building to honor Jann's grudges. leadbelly was a prostitute. his version of goodnight irene was good though. if you really have integrity yr someone like Ian Mackeye, Mirah, Jello, Greg Ginn etc and work totally outside the system. Otherwise, as they said in Wall Street, you cant get a little bit pregnant.

Jann Wenner and his mag arent rock and roll. We are as important to rock and roll as Keith Richards or anyone else. We're (the audience, the people, whoever) have done more for rock n roll than Jann has. He cant create. All he can do is react. His judgement is a joke.

You know, one final thought- the public vots with their feet and the monkees have sold 65 million albums. thats more people than have bought rolling stone magazine and david crosby or grateful dead records combined. power to the people who actually listen to music to decide what their music and attitudes and loves should reflect.

The link for the petition is here. Sign it if you feel inclined.

26 comments:

D said...

No one fucks with my precious Nez. Thanks for the link, Rich.

Richard said...

My pleasure D.

One more thing, i make it look like i dont think the monkees had integrity. I would argue they have more integrity than virtually any of the platinum superstars of the world. they fought corportae machine every step of the way. they were totally bold and fearless. they did creatviely charged things other bands would never have dreamed of. you seen Head lately?

and lets say they are whores, what, whores cant play rock n roll? chuck berry never shuts up about how he started writing songs cuz it paid more than painting houses. is chuck berry an artist as well? yes obviously, of the highest order. picasso was a whore. and a noble artiste.

and why all these rules? why these regulations? what is this, a SPORTS league???

oh and the monkees could sit around strumming guitars and play songs they wrote. the supremes couldnt do that. neither could the temptations. the beach boys could barely pull that off. so whos valid and who aint?

and fuck peter tork played on george harisons wonderwall. thats fuckin cool

Jackie said...

uh, i've never seen Head, so perhaps we should watch it when i come to visit.

and, marge simpson likes the monkees, so that's pretty cool. ok, i know she's a cartoon but it's my favorite show and i like to pretend they are real people, haha.

Richard said...

i think everyone pretends theyre real people- haha.

i used to imagine bugs bunny was a person and he somehow transmitted into cartoon form.

and yeah you MUST see Head

D said...

Okay, I just wrote a comment and lost it because our internet is fukkked today.

But I had posted a link to an article that I'm not going to repost; I'm just going to requote what I originally quoted because it's so fucking true. From a Guardian UK article about "overrated" albums:

Arcade Fire The Neon Bible
Nominated by Green Gartside of Scritti Politti

People who enjoy this album may think I'm cloth-eared and unperceptive, and I accept it's the result of my personal shortcomings, but what I hear in Arcade Fire is an agglomeration of mannerisms, cliches and devices. I find it solidly unattractive, texturally nasty, a bit harmonically and melodically dull, bombastic and melodramatic, and the rhythms are pedestrian. It's monotonous in its textures and in the old-fashioned, nasty, clunky 80s rhythms and eighth-note basslines. It isn't, as people are suggesting, richly rewarding and inventive. The melodies stick too closely to the chord changes. Win Butler's voice uses certain stylistic devices - it goes wobbly and shouty, then whispery - and I guess people like wobbly and shouty going to whispery, they think it signifies real feeling. It's some people's idea of unmediated emotion. I can imagine Jeremy Clarkson liking it; it's for people in cars. It's rather flat and unlovely. The album and the response to it represent a bunch of beliefs about expression and truth that I don't share. The battle against unreconstructed rock music continues.


Amen, brother, amen.

D said...

And I also mentioned how much I adore Head, both film and soundtrack. It's almost shocking how much, as much as I adore ol' Nilsson, the Monkees' version of "Daddy's Song" absolutely trounces Nilsson's. Or perhaps not so shocking, because they were so incredible. I'm pretty sure that's my favorite vocal performance of Davy's, aside from "Stepping Stone."

Richard said...

thats a bit rich coming the scritti politti guy. have you ever heard them? imagine haircut 100 and kajagoogoo cutting their dicks off and playing the recorder witht heir notes all while the great LINN DRUM bashes away Miami Vice style. in fact heres a better description of that long forgotten scritti sound...

People who enjoy scritti may think I'm cloth-eared and unperceptive, and I accept it's the result of my personal shortcomings, but what I hear in politti is an agglomeration of mannerisms, cliches and devices. I find it solidly unattractive, texturally nasty, a bit harmonically and melodically dull, bombastic and melodramatic, and the rhythms are pedestrian. It's monotonous in its textures and in the old-fashioned, nasty, clunky 80s rhythms and eighth-note basslines. It isn't, as people are suggesting, richly rewarding and inventive. The melodies stick too closely to the chord changes on the yamaha synthesizer. Scritti (or is it Politti's) voice uses certain stylistic devices - it goes wobbly and shouty, then whispery - and I guess people like wobbly and shouty going to whispery, they think it signifies real feeling. In a kinda Simon LeBon gone tardly way. It's some people's idea of unmediated emotion. It's rather flat and unlovely. Scritti's idiotic songs like "I Got What The Girls Like" represent a bunch of beliefs about expression and truth that I don't share. The battle against unreconstructed rock music continues. Especially on Vh-1 Classic's Big 80's wekeends, or Bands Reunited.

ok, that was fun, even though i agree with scritti about the arcade fire. but yeah, a turd cant call piss "puke". Right?

Richard said...

Deanna dear, Micky sang stepping stone!

D said...

Well, don't I suck? Hahaha. Okay, so "Stepping Stone" is no longer in competition with "Daddy's Song." Yay!

And Rich, think of the Arcade Fire thing this way: It takes one to know one, pot kettle black, etc.

Richard said...

thats a good point d

D said...

So I notice, Rich, that you haven't commented on a particular album by a particular band yet...

Richard said...

You're right, kiddo. And let me be the first to say Young Machetes by the Blood Brothers is a wild hyperimaginitive assault. It's renewed my faith in the possibilities of rock and roll even though the one singer totally pinches Guy's singing style. Who cares, theyre fantastic.

D said...

I still haven't heard them yet. I keep meaning to check them out.

Richard said...

yeah theyre really good. i dont know if theyre the second coming or anything, but i like them

D said...

Wow, the Village Voice totally ripped Icky Thump a new asshole...or at least they tried to. It's really amusing how almost-violent their reaction is. Oh well.

Richard said...

Hi all

D said...

Hello. How is everyone?

Today has been totally lame so far. Jesus.

Richard said...

Yes it has. super duper lame. and inexplicably loud. why do people have to broadcast all the trite crap that pops into their little nasty minds?

Jackie said...

hey rich, my friend cancelled on me (yesss!) and i'm online if you are bored.

i'm half assed looking for a job.

"Zil" said...

Have You Seen Me?

"Mit" said...

Have You Seen Me?

Richard said...

Jackie neither the mee-bo or the AIm is working so just be paitent, i'll get there.

D said...

Oh my god, Rich, "Triad" is playing on my Pandora RIGHT NOW!!!!!! I'm trying so hard not to lose it.

Richard said...

what in the hell is a pandora?

D said...

This is a Pandora.

Krup said...

if The Righteous Brothers (singers of other people's songs -- their biggest hit, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' was written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann and,Cynthia Weil) can be accepted into the Hall of Fame then certainly The Monkees have every right to stake their claim in Rock 'n' Roll history. Their first 4 albums went to #1 in the U.S. By their third album (Headquarters), The Monkees began playing their own instruments. They should get extra props for having Jimi Hendrix open for them on tour. And the soundtrack to Head is one trippy album (certainly as good as The Rolling Stones attempt at psychedelia, "Their Satanic Majesties Request").

Maybe Jann has a bug up his ass about The Monkees because his good buddy Stephen Stills was turned down for a role in the show for looking too old for the part.