A recap on the blogging week. Well, despite yesterday’s post being a bit short and lame, it did have some music linked to it, and it did mean that I got through a week without missing a day’s update. I don’t do Saturday or Sunday posts because I’m in the music bizz, and that means that my weekends are filled with the glamourous and verging-on-illegal activities that fuel the bacchanalian carnival of excess that you expect of me. Awards ceremonies, driving cars into swimming pools, ‘pleasuring’ the ladies with live fish, etc.
So, what ‘appened? EMI looked like they were going bust, then announced that they’re selling Abbey Road studios. There were genuinely upset reactions from cultural commentators on the social networks who, once they saw that the public felt the same poignant regret about the issue as they did, instantly launched the backlash. So now Abbey Road is being hailed as ‘well, apart from one or two albums, not really that significant’ after all. If twitter has one useful function, it’s that the flock mentality of critics and columnists is so very visible and easy to monitor. It’s something I alluded to in one of last week’s posts – the very desperation of an instantly-networked bunch of tastemakers, most of whom are terrified of being the one who makes a bad recommendation and thereby lose their ‘cred’ status – is creating a situation whereby the ‘buzz’ that is generated around any act, band or cause they choose to champion is subject to a backlash that is getting swifter and swifter. This is happening to the point that their authority on any subject is being eroded, and the drift away from traditional sources of opinion or recommendation is getting more and more pronounced. It will soon be the case that the merest mention of interest in a band by the NME or Drowned in Sound will send people running in the opposite direction, so badly have the culprits squandered their powers of recommendation. All because they want to be in with the cool crowd. Acceptable in a schoolyard, less so in the international press. There have been a lot of complimentary things written in the past week about Dizee Rascal, Jay-Z, Lady GaGa and Florence and the Machine. Put yourselves on alert now, let’s track the backlash. Should be arriving in Sunday’s papers.