Category: Opinion

Manifesto of Musical Intellectualism


Why all girls should listen to X-Ray Spex

If I was President of the world I would make sure all girls owned a copy of ‘Oh bondage, up yours!’, X-Ray Spex’s debut single from 1977. “Why?” you might ask. “and why only girls?” The answer is simple, elementary, and reveals itself in the first 30 seconds of this iconic Punk song. First Poly…


(Be an) Exile on Main St.

Most albums I instantly like or dislike. Some artists I have to get used to. Enter exhibit one: Leonard Cohen. I failed to appreciate Mr. Cohen for a very long time. I liked cover versions of his songs (‘Avalanche’ in the version of Nick Cave, ‘I can’t forget’ in the version of The Pixies), but…


Cheerful songs, shiny happy normal people

Loud music calms me down Somber music cheers me up Happy music is just…happy music If you listen to cheerful music no one ever asks questions. It is as normal as being in a stable, heterosexual relationship, having a bank account or owning a car. No one will question your sanity, even though it is…


As I watch my old self take over!

Recently, I have started hating people on the streets. Random people. Everyday people. Normal people who just happen to stare at a smartphone screen, or do groceries on a Saturday afternoon, or have a bit louder conversation. It comes with lower motivation to go out myself and meet people. I have no desire to go…


What’s wrong with Japan?

I love Japan. The band. Brilliant bastard child of New York Dolls and early Roxy music. On the intellectual side of the musical spectrum. Clearly from an age before the Internet, before social media and before the age of pornification. I wanted a picture of their first album, Adolescent Sex. Searching for band and album…


Predicting the past

The life of a trend watcher is pretty amazing. No matter how wrong your predictions, you are still right. Like a doomsday prophet you can always explain away wrong predictions, or twist facts in such a way the prediction was right after all. Move on to the next round, the next year, and all will…


It’s all in the movies

How many people knew about Jesus & Mary Chain before the release of Lost in Translation? Not a lot. What made ‘Don’t You (forget about me)’ such a massive hit for Simple Minds: the song’s quality or its presence in The Breakfast Club? Posing the question is answering it. Sometimes the soundtrack of a movie…


Observations of a luddite

Some words have a near-perfect harmony of sound, form and meaning. One of those words is Luddite. The word refers to people who are resistant to (particular) new technologies and is derived from a 19th century movement, the Luddites, a group of English textile workers who destroyed weaving machinery as a form of protest. The…


Pushing against boundaries: create your own art!

All governments want to control art. They either use public funding to support the arts, but dictate terms in the process of doing so, or they push it out to the market, in the hope that only commercially viable art will see the light of day. I agree. I think government should stay far away…


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