Thursday, August 02, 2007

Elton John is pissing me off

So, Elton John said this about the Internet and blogging:

“The internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other, creating stuff. Instead they sit at home and make their own records, which is sometimes OK but it doesn’t bode well for long-term artistic vision. It’s just a means to an end. We’re talking about things that are going to change the world and change the way people listen to music and that’s not going to happen with people blogging on the internet. I mean, get out there - communicate. Hopefully the next movement in music will tear down the internet. Let’s get out in the streets and march and protest instead of sitting at home and blogging. I do think it would be an incredible experiment to shut down the whole internet for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span. There’s too much technology available. I’m sure, as far as music goes, it would be much more interesting than it is today. I don’t have a mobile phone or an iPod or anything. I am such a Luddite when it comes to making music. All I can do is write at the piano. In the early Seventies there were at least ten albums released every week that were fantastic. Now you’re lucky to find ten albums a year of that quality. And there are more albums released each week now than there were then.”

Wrong. Just because you're not face-to-face doesn't mean you're not communicating. Struggling musicians can't afford studio time -- our computers are the only way we have to get our music out there. Perhaps the reason all the records in the early 70s seemed better was that only the established groups with the backing of major labels and professional producers could get a record out.

But what's your excuse Elton? If you're such an anti-technical luddite why do your records suck so terribly bad these days compared to the 70s?

I swear I've seen this hypocrite in an iPod/phone commercial where he's walking around with headphones on embracing technology. I just can't remember what the commercial was for.
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