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Toure and Diabate are better than Oasis - it's official!

PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 9:11 am
by howard male
Oh Joy of joys! Today I got the lead live review in the Independent over...go on have a guess. You give up?....Oasis!

But don't misunderstand me. This isn't a vanity thing, it's a world-music thing. If I'd seen these two reviews on the same page written by any writers - with twice as much space being given over to the world-music review, as to the - once centre of our shabby British rock culture review - I'd have inwardly jumped for joy.

And there is added poetic justice. I have always absolutely loathed Oasis, with an irrational, and possibly harmful to my own health, intensity. Ever since the night I was woken at 3.00am by the sound of their stale, snide, derivative, plodding version of rock music, coming from the next door house. This wasn't a case of being slowly pulled out of sleep, I physically jumped awake, thinking someone had switched on my own Hi Fi. I remember eventually having to pick up one of my exercise weights to bang on the wall with it. I'm sure to this day it's indentation can still be seen on the wall of that Herne Hill bedsitting room.

Although they never played Oasis again at that same volume, I did hear them many, many times over the next few months - I really think it was the only album those bastard students owned. So I've developed a kind of allergic reaction to Oasis ever since. They came to represent everything that was dumb and tragic about mainstream British culture - as they did for many of us I imagine.

And now here they are, tucked in the corner of the page, with a measly 3 stars to Toure and Diabate's 5 stars! Perhaps the tide is finally turning (though how many times have you heard that before folks?)

Re: Toure and Diabate are better than Oasis - it's official!

PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 9:23 am
by NormanD
howard male wrote:But don't misunderstand me. This isn't a vanity thing
Oh Howard, how could I ever?

Norman
(who is not Bette Davies, but has her eyes)

PS Friday is an expensive day for us lot, we should be buying a lot of newspapers.

You Canute be Serious

PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 10:00 am
by Con Murphy
Not sure about the tide turning (the buzz amongst my colleagues is between those who saw U2 last week and those who are going to see REM next) but I'm delighted at that news. Can't wait to read the review.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 10:30 am
by jayne
I thought I would spare Howard's modesty and post his review from The Independent to the forum, but what the heck's going on with its website?

Sorry, but I just can't make the link. I've had this problem with the Indie before. Perhaps they are cheapskates who retard morning online viewing.

Regards,
JB

No Independent witnesses

PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 10:36 am
by Con Murphy
Yes, I've been trying to get to the site as well today to read and link to the review. Looks like I'm not only going to have to get on and do some work instead, but also buy the newspaper at lunchtime as well. How irritating.

Howard, how about posting the unexpurgated version?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2005 10:42 am
by howard male
OK guys, don't panic. I'll post it under gig reviews now. And yes, it will be the unexpurgated version, complete with what I thought was a vaguely amusing reference to my seat number!

I was, as a matter of form, going to leave it until tomorrow, but I'm sure it won't be a problem.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 7:29 pm
by Paul
'In the Heart of the Moon'is also the lead CD review in the new Mojo. which is encouraging. Also - possibly ome week late! - Later with Jools will be an all African edition this coming Friday night.