Friday 18 October 2013

I don’t know what’s more sad, a 46-year-old commenting on what should be played on Radio 1 or a 35-year-old reading about it on the NME website. Actually I am pretty sure it is the former.

Criticising that Radio 1 doesn’t play music you like when you’re  in your 40s is like having people aren’t talking about mortgages on Radio 1 or moaning that DJs aren’t asking listeners to text in about how comfortable shoes make a difference when you’re on your feet all day. Gallagher knows there is 6Music and Xfm etc championing the less accessible indie shit he likes to champion to show he’s with it.

If you haven’t heard of the bands to which Gallagher refers, you’ll be amazed to learn that Jagwar Ma sound like a band from post-Stone Roses 1990 British indie music and The Temples sound like some late 60s psychedelic LSD-melody pop. Get out of town. I can’t believe that they’re both not all over Radio 1 pushing whoever Radio 1 plays (Rizzle Kicks/London Grammar?)

I deal with a man in his mid-forties who uses word like cool in proper work emails. He thinks nothing of saying chilling out as a means of saying he is waiting for something in an email about something – sent to people he doesn’t know. He also signs off emails with emoticons. He doesn’t know me and is not my friend and is aware that I am not his teenage relative but signs off emails with a colon and a bracket symbol. He would almost certainly nod his head at Gallagher’s proclamation and wonder why Stereophonic’s latest number 62 hit single wasn’t on the A-playlist for a radio station with a demographic of 11 – 16 year olds.

Likewise a man in my video conference today said “no biggie” when asked to amend his plan. No biggie indeed, is it no biggie that he has to admit that he listens to Radio 2 in order to hear the bland indie music he counts as a badge of honour? How can it not be cool? Chris Evans says it’s cool (when he talks over half of it, saying how much he likes the bit he is talking over).

There’s a difference between not being someone who gives up on any ideas of being anything other than a middle of the road adult who likes broad comedy and goes to the cinemas to watch films that are sequels of films they didn’t really like (but had a good review in Heat), and being someone who is trying to be the same as a 14-year-old.

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