How does Jo Whiley get away with it?

I’m talking about that incredible ability to back so much dross, while retaining an aura of musical credibility (indeed going so far as share that aura with Radio 1’s daytime schedule). Jo Whiley heavily pushed The Darkness whose inevitable quick descent is now well underway and the Streets, whose façade will collapse very soon.

What’s wound me up is the weird support for new band Easyworld’s cover of Candi Staton’s 1976 hit Young Hearts Run Free; dreariness masquerading as melancholy (‘Now they’ve slowed it down you can really hear the meaningful lyrics’). It’s just wrong.

But that’s not all. Pet sound this week is Fatboy Slim’s Slash Dot Slash, which is in danger of exposing him as one trick pony. I don’t intend this ironically: it’s just sooo ’90s (and I’d have liked it then, but hey, I’ve heard it now, where’re we going?). Look what he did for Cornershop, turning Brimful of Asha into the first Asian cross-over track. Now it looks like the Bhangra thing might just happen without him.
A flash of Darkness……Even Christina Aguilera outsmarts The Streets……Integrity of Top of the Pops

23 thoughts on “How does Jo Whiley get away with it?

  1. She’s thick and pathetic.

    She deludes herself that her largely terrible taste in music is in fact good. It’s not. It’s rubbish.

    She championed David Gray.

  2. I reckon her hair might actually be a hat under which she keeps a dusty old NME back catalogue in case somebody ever asks her a question.
    Not being mean or nothin, she just gets on my tits. xx

  3. Worst of all she’s a scab.
    She worked thorugh the BBC anti-cuts strike in 2005.
    Having said that I quite like the Darkness – I just happened to be at their breakthough performance when they opened Glasto.
    I always think they are the Anti-Nowhere League of Glam metal – a magnificent pastiche of themselves.
    The League do the same for punk. And weirdly I was at their breakthrough performance too – when they blew The Damned off the stage at Manchester University in – I think – 1981.
    And – even more weirdly – I blogged about them this morning! At Pearce the punk

  4. Looks like I was wrong about Bhangra. Weird how a post almost three years old suddenly gets a rash of comments, some of which I’ve deleted, offended by the abuse: no need!

  5. I blame her soley for The Atomatic (going back a bit I know, but they were really bad) .
    Record of the week, always on the bloody show, and whos their manager?
    Whiley’s husband

  6. I cannot stand the woman!
    Serious switch off stuff when she comes on
    “er ya, yeah so erm yeah so what rocks, what sucks er text in yeah great ya”.
    What’s that all about?
    She’s an ittitating, ugly dog.

  7. Just saw her co-presenter talking about Who at Glastonbury and asking her about who’d be in her top 10 rock tracks – she didn’t know!!

    All she mentioned all night is how bands “looked” – duh, I thought it was about the music.

    She clearly doesn’t like music, and knows sod all about it. Sack her, dull cow.

  8. I would just like to say that she is a fake, band wagon jumping, materialistic, daft old mummy who is NOT A STUDENT!!!!!!!!!

    YOU ARE NOT YOUNG!!!!!!!!

    YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO CLUE WHO ANY OF THE GOOD BANDS NEW BANDS ARE!!!!!!!!

    YOU SAID THE LINE ‘PURE GENIUS BY THE KOOKS’!!!!!!!!!

    YOUR ASS IS MADE OF MARSIPAN!!!!!!!

    I WANT TO SMASH YOU NECK IN WITH MY OWN SHIN THAT IVE SNAPPED OFF AND LEAVE YOU WRAPPED IN PLASTIC LIKE LAURA PALMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YOU ARE THE RUINER OF EVERYTHING GOOD THAT ROCKS IN THIS WORLD….THE ONLY WAY YOUR SOUL WILL BE SAVED IS IF YOU KILL YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Jo Whiley would kick your ass if you tried to hit her in the neck with your shin. She’s untouchable.

  10. Did jo whiley write 13,14,15 as they say good things about her. The only person who would say nice things about her is herself as she has her head so far up her own fucking arse. she is shit!!!!!!!!!

  11. Simon Amstell got it spot on when he ripped on her on Buzzcocks.

    She definitely knows shit all about music.

  12. i just saw her on MTV and googled “jo whiley ugly” because she’s quite ugly and shit, I don’t understand why she is on MTV.

  13. jo whiley is nothing but a know nothing shitcunt. she arselicks artists and her taste in music is is fucking appaling if you played her a car alarm shed probably have it has her pet sound the fucking ugly slag.I mean the ting tings for fuck sake

  14. Arggggh! Apart from sharing every frickin’ detail of her pregnancy with us every morning (Newsflash: you’re not the first R1 DJ, let alone the first woman, ever to have a baby), she now namechecks ‘her’ bands in her dreams: “had such a weird dream last night, yak yak yak, The Hoosiers were divebombing the swimming pool, blah blah blah, Robbie Williams was there, gibber gibber gibber – oh I’m just thinking about my job too much, what with the R1 Big Weekend, blah blah blah…”
    Oh so it’s just another plug for a R1 product then, Jo?

    What a shamelessly boring cunt she is.

  15. How can you be soooo rude about one person. (to all the people that have made awful comments above) I guess you don’t have feeling yourselves. I am a 38 yr old mother of 2 and yes it is possible to be a mum and like Music!! I think Jo Whiley is an inspiration and prob worth a 1000 of you lot. If you don’t like her don’t listen to her, but don’t be so horrible!!

  16. Anonymous – I think you’re being over-sensitive and have taken our collective, and specifically-aimed, dislike too personally!
    I quite agree that is possible to be a 38 yr old mum and like music, as I am a 40 yr old dad and like music… No one here has questioned anyone’s ability to multi-task in this way!
    I just totally object to someone such as Jo Whiley shamelessly tooting her own horn, whilst professing to be such an innovative influence on ‘new’ music. There is nothing inspirational or original about her. For example, she raved on and on about Hot Chip as if they were her discovery… I’d been listening to Hot Chip for at least a year at this point. I, and many like me, don’t need to be told what to listen to – we usually find it for ourselves.

    She may well be worth “a 1000 of you lot” – although unlikely – but at least that would mean she would be worth at least 100,000 of Edith “mah-gic/amaaaazing/brill-yunt” Bowman… Don’t get me started…!

  17. Whiley is a shitfuckcuntwankboredulldimdirescotesack and i hate her kids and her inane life.
    Fuck Off Whiley