I'm gonna keep this short because, to be honest, it's too difficult for me to express in words at the moment.
Yesterday we gave a final send off to our beloved friend Marie. Beautiful service...for our beautiful friend. Huge turnout of people. Marie was obviously known and loved by many, many people and I think I can speak for all of those who attended when I say that there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
A very very sad day...
But also a wonderful day of celebration, laughter, tears and a day I'll never forget.
It's a shame you weren't there Marie ( although, of course, you probably were ) at 5:30 in the afternoon, in the upstairs room of the pub where we were all having a sing-along, the sun decided to show it's face for the first time after many, many months of a dark long winter and completely lit up the room.
Was that you dear?
It reminded me of your smile
You brought us the first day of Summer kid, you really did, but hey! That was just you all over.
Anyway I'm gonna stop now cos I'm finding it too difficult to carry on.
7. Pop Idol ( or any programme remotely of that format) 8. Brick wall mastering 9. Genre assimilation ( i.e. that single sold so lets copy it just to sell a million units ) 10. Squeaky clean song writing 11.Old school record marketing 12. Radio ( pay us money and we'll play your record ) marketing /pay to play 13. Back scratching 14. Assumption that good looking people can make fabulous records 15. Stupid A&R people 16. Fixed award ceremonies 17. Dropping artists after their second album doesn't sell as well as the first 18. Rejection of ( and suing of ) free downloading by people who wouldn't have bought the fucking record in the first place? Read: Building up a fan base 19. The single as a sub marketing ploy for an album ( Pink Floyd didn't need it, Led zeppelin didn't need it, Radiohead don't need it ) 20. The [lack of] accepting of anything ( marketing wise ) that goes against the grain. 21. Ripping off artist ( who make you the money in the first fucking place ) 22. Assumption that music always = money 23. Annyalation of Simon Cowell ( + his cronies ) and his capitalist music format 24. Major record labels 25. ( One sided) record contracts 26. The practice of remixing a perfectly good tune for the dance floor by giving it to some DJ who then basically slaps a 4/4 beat underneath and charges £5000 for the privilege ( which the artist then pays for from his/her royalties ) This can be done as much as 6-8 times on an artists record = £40,000 off the top before you even get paid. 27. Charging artist for all the meals/nights out/cocaine/sundry expenses that an A&R man will accumulate ( supposedly ) in the interests of your band. 28. Street teams [this is a big no no in my book] : The practice of paying children ( usually in the form of a couple of free Cd's a month ) to rig phone-in quiz shows, websites, forums, award voting systems in favour of one particular band. 29. Chart fixing 30. Seasonal trend fixing i.e. ruining the [once exciting] Christmas Charts. Read: Simon Cowell ) Again!! 31. External producers: Bringing a producer into the fold ( who once probably had a bit of success in the 80's/90's ) to basically charge [you] a fortune whilst sitting at the back of the studio ruining your pride and joy with his pathetic suggestions of how your record could ( and will ) be better. 32. Stifling artists: The art of signing an artist ( usually the competition ) then holding them under contract and never releasing any of their work for the benefit of another artists music. 33. Brick wall mastering ( have I said that already? Well I'm saying it again ) Brick wall mastering Brick wall mastering Brick wall mastering Brick wall mastering Brick wall mastering Brick wall mastering Brick wall mastering Brick wall mastering??? 34. Thinking that a suit can fix your label. EMI and Guy hands have just spectacularly fucked up on this count to the point that [I predict] EMI will be no more in say five years time. Any artist who actually signs to EMI in it's present state resides in: No. 101 Stupid Cottage, Stupid Lane, Stupid Town, County Stupid, Stupidland SA1 ROFL.