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“An opportunity for Gary to take cheap shots at a band he doesn’t like and sneak in a mention for one he does”

Jon Bon Jovi reckons Steve Jobs has killed the music business. Sometimes I love my job.

By a happy coincidence, I reckon Jon Bon Jovi represents everything that’s wrong with the music business. I think there’s a reason why Bon Jovi albums don’t sell like they used to.

It’s because they’re rubbish.

And thanks to technology, they can’t get away with it any more.


9 replies on ““An opportunity for Gary to take cheap shots at a band he doesn’t like and sneak in a mention for one he does””

I love albums, specifically because of the way a good one is one giant work of art rather than a mere collection of songs. I love the way “Change Or Die” by Sunscreem and “Movement In Still Life” by BT are seamlessly mixed into one long DJ set, and the way “6” by Mansun is just one idea after another rather than conventional songs, and the way “Together Alone” by Crowded House has that underlying sense of oppressive tension running through the whole thing, and the way “X” by The Beloved is an exercise in applying one very consistent sound to a collection of songs, and the way “April” by Vast was recorded in one take. But there do seem to be far too few musicians who ever really appreciated the potential like those guys did. Filler is all the more annoying because of how great albums can be. I’ll be glad to see record companies get a right kicking for spending thirty years conning us into buying albums full of shite, but I’ll really miss good albums if the format does die.

Mind you, “The Defamation Of Strickland Banks” has been doling pretty well, so there’s hope.

I think when it’s done well, the album is great – just as when it’s done well, the packaging around an album can enhance the experience. I’m not sure giving us the option to choose the tracks we want and skip the ones we don’t is a bad thing, however.

I spend more on music now than I ever did. Can’t recall the last time I bought a CD. Probably an Eels one.

I don’t even have an Itunes account. Still waiting for an MP3 player that I actually like.

I think that boat may have sailed already. iPods etc have started the long slow decline into obsolescence, I think.

Yep. The market isn’t dead but it’s pretty stagnant, and it’s starting to decline – why carry two devices when you can carry one? I suspect that means there’s not going to be much innovation in the sector either.

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