Thursday, January 11, 2007

Can you please crawl out your window?

Seemingly tiring of hurling hackneyed abuse at people who want to sing, Simon Cowell has moved on to treating the vast bulk of Western popular culture as if it was part of the shambling Pop Idol audition queue. He believes Kelly Clarkson has more talent than Bob Dylan:

“I’ve never bought a Dylan record. A singing poet? It just bores me to tears.”

Now, we're the first to admit that Bob Dylan is not without his faults. But for the bloke who launched both Robson and Jerome and Gareth Gates (with the same bloody song each time) to feel comfortable about criticising music which strives to do more than seek a window display in Woolworths seems a little rich. You've never bought a Dylan record, Simes? Have you ever even listened to one?