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Random Ramblings (1) [Nov. 20th, 2011|03:32 pm]
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[music |London Calling - The Clash(now that's how to hold a guitar)]

This thought has been sluggishly stirring at the back of what passes for my brain for quite a while now, and watching a Jools Holland Later compilation in a flu-befuddled stupor has finally forced it to emerge, blinking, into the half light of an Autumn afternoon... Has anyone else noticed that the higher up the body a band or solo artist holds their guitars, the more likely they are to sound like utter wank? There are honourable exceptions (Anna Calvi). But on the whole, I stand by the assertion. The likes of The Vaccines - who seem like a nice bunch of lads and whose spirited performances have, in the past, reminded me of a litter of labrador pups in a Bonio advert with a Ramones soundtrack - should beware adopting the 80s referencing affectation. Their spot on the programme was disconcertingly lacklustre and I'm sure this was linked to the fact that their guitars were being wielded like bloody ukeleles! We all know where this sort of thing leads : Haircut 100 and Kajaflippingoogoo, that's where. A guitar, and especially a bass guitar, should be positioned around the solar plexus at least. Even lower, if you covet real cool. Yes, it's bad for the back and probably results in crippling arthritis and chiropractors bills. But if it's the only thing standing between us and 'Love Plus One Redux' then surely that's a price worth paying?

[User Picture]From: ms_siobhan
2011-11-20 04:59 pm (UTC)
I think the reason I like Fall basslines is because at their best they sound like they are breaking open your ribcage and squeezing your heart.

At the risk of sounding very old indeed - most modern guitary music I've seen on the tv falls into my category of 'why did you even bother - you like and sound like you really couldn't be arsed' - kind of heavy sighing music.
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[User Picture]From: puritypersimmon
2011-11-20 07:46 pm (UTC)
That's a brilliant description of Fall music :-)

I suppose I like old school rock/indie at heart, where the band all look too cool for school and all the guitars are dangling somewhere around their knees...What I dislike (and did in the 80s too, when it reared its perkily grotesque head) is jolly, chiming guitar chords and jaunty rhythms that sound as though they might degenerate into jazz funk or afro-beat at any moment. If I was in charge, the likes of Vampire Weekend would have their instruments confiscated and be banished to the naughty step until they bucked their ideas up a bit!
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