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