Saturday, February 26, 2011

What the pop papers say: Not what the musician said

There's misquoting and then there's making stuff up. The NME's rather strange editing of Gareth Los Campesinos' words from a couple of weeks back seems to be the latter.

Gareth offers a compare-and-contrast.

What he wrote (about Becoming a Jackal):

HIS NAME IS CONOR AND HE SOUNDS LIKE BRIGHT EYES!!! Yes, but Cristiano turned out every bit as good as Fat Ronaldo, right? Decent song, thumbs up.
What the NME published:
HIS NAME IS CONOR AND HE SOUNDS LIKE BRIGHT EYES!!! Yes, but Cristiano turned out every bit as good as Fat Ronaldo, right? Liam Fray turned out to be every bit as good as... ah, this argument seems to have lost its way somewhat. Well, it's a decent song, whatever (even on its second release around), so thumbs up.
I think that adding a reference to it being a second release is fair enough - although perhaps slightly less clunky wording could have been found - but adding in a totally unrelated insult aimed at a third party under a writer's byline? That feels like a liberty too far, surely.


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