THE WILDHEARTS Frontman Offers His Take On Current State Of Rock Music

THE WILDHEARTS frontman Ginger has posted the following message on the group's web site:

"If, like me, you are old enough to remember music before NIRVANA, or ways of finding out about bands without the aid of the internet, or waiting to seeing 'how your favourite group moves on-stage' without having the dream shattered by MTV showing 'how your favourite group mimes on video', then you will see this current wave of interest in rock music as nothing more than an example of fashion running out of ideas. Again.

"It has chased the past for ideas under the banner of 'retro' (or Nu-Retro, as some shlong swallowers will no doubt name it), until it has ran into its own anus.

"Those without original idea have caught up with themselves in their tireless search for something to rip off.

"Plunder without incrimination until someone finds out, they say, which would hopefully be ages away, giving them time enough to think up something original.

"Surely?

"Of course, as stated on these very pages in the past (go check), Rock was always going to come back into fashion. Rock music has always represented quality, in sound, presentation and performance, and trends will always level out in the presence of quality, the 'retro' that will always be hardest to move on from.

"Fashion was destined to meet rock and a marriage in both Heaven and Hell was inevitably going to take place.

"HEAVEN: The whole image and sound being a gold-mine of ideas for a gaggle of new designers/musicians to plunder the endless depths of.

"HELL: Rock has been around for longer than any other genre of contemporary music/dress. Where the fuck are you going to go when THAT well has dried up?

"And drying up it most certainly is. Great news for us 'older' people for whom rock music has ultimately paid most handsomely anyway. Feels good to back a winning horse, right?

"Gloating aside... (nah, fuck it, there's always time for a little more gloating when it means seeing clueless opportunists squirm in discomfort...)

"Okay, gloating NOW aside... let's take a look at how desperate the art of eking has been made to look since Rock left it's underground haven and came unto the light of mass public acceptance." Read the rest of Ginger's posting at this location.

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