Friday, September 16, 2005


Curious little campaign they're running to try and promote the new Jamie Cullum CD: they're sending promotional packs to the head girls of every all girl's school in the UK. Universal Records seem to think that head girls are seen as some sort of arbiter of taste and cool - maybe they are, but in our day the head girl or boy was seen more as a cross between teacher's pet and enthusiastic member of the Hitler Youth: as a reward for three years of sucking up, you get given twelve months to inform on your former friends and dish out cruel punishments.

And forcing kids to listen to Cullum's pissjazz, now we come to think of it, might be a fitting punishment. Universal might have come up with a duff idea to push a duff act, but they might, inadvertently, instill a bit of discipline in our schools.