Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Stuck On Repeat 2009: March

"If I can shoot rabbits, then I can shoot fascists" . The BNP tried to argue the Manics If You Tolerate This can be "interpreted" in lots of different ways, after streaming a video using the song. Apparently they were also interpreting copyright law in a surprising way.

Andy Burrows became the latest person to have had enough of Johnny Borrell. Trouble was, being in a band with him, Burrows had no choice but to quit Razorlight. PRS - fresh from trying to make horses buy licences - stamped its little feet, claiming YouTube was ripping off musicians. Okay, said Google, we'll take music videos off the site. Nobody was pleased. Leon Jackson was dropped but we can't even remember who he was.

The CIA once wanted Gloria Estefan to spy for America. At least they got the right one; a fake Toni Braxton caused a riot in Suriname. To avoid any unpleasantness in Beijing, China refused to let Oasis in. Scotland probably would have let Barbara Dickson back in for the year's big Homecoming event, but forgot to ask her.

Lars Ulrich started downloading himself; he hasn't yet called for his internet to be cut off but James Hetfield did end up in hospital shortly afterwards. Miley Cyrus threw a strop when Thom Yorke didn't care who she was. Wayne Coyne knows who the Arcade Fire are, he just doesn't like them.

Quite-good online music video home Fabchannel.com switched itself off. The grandaddy of UK men's monthlies Arena closed down while US Maxim spin-off Blender also went. Terra Firma wrote off ridiculous sums as it turned out owning EMI wasn't quite so much fun. The American version of the Britannia Music Club sold its last CD with six free - but at least you couldn't blame online service Spiralfrog, as that closed, too. One bright spark: HMV reopened Croydon's old Virgin. Like having an American flag floating over the Kremlin.

The closure of Selectadisc was very bad news for all lovers of spending hours flicking through plastic boxes of records.

Westwood brought us up to date with his breakfast, filling the gap where Top Of The Pops used to be. It's not coming back. The pops, not the breakfast.

Stars turned out to be scalping their own gig tickets while Ringo Starr was flogging insurance. Roger Daltrey stuck up for him and Iggy, though. U2 weren't selling records in anything like U2-sized numbers but The Edge was still able to pull a crowd. A crowd of angry neighbours pissed-off by his property development, but a crowd nevertheless. Having made himself look foolish, Elton John dropped his libel action against a Guardian joke.

In an awkward bit of pre-emption, the promoters started putting up posters for Michael Jackson's comeback gigs before they'd been announced. Pete Waterman bet that Jacko wouldn't make it past 12 of the 50 planned dates.

[Part of the month by month reviews from Stuck On Repeat 2009]

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