Friday, June 11, 2004

I'D SAY THAT WAS A RATHER RADICAL INTERPRETATION: We're ninety-five percent certain that Nick Cattuci has his tongue in his cheek when he worries that "genuine" acts like Britney Spears are losing market share to "joke" acts like Franz Ferdinand and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but there's still five per cent doubt that he really means it:

But what is more real--more tangible--than bad costumes, truckloads of lights, shrieking fans, and astounding sums paid to songwriters and beatmakers? And what's faker than kids who form a band to be cool?

We're not sure a man who can't see any difference between electroclash and Franz Ferdinand can be trusted. And can anyone be taken seriously if they write this:

"There's also a part where he fantasizes about being interviewed on BBC2 by Terry Wogan, whoever the fuck that is, and Wogan kisses his ass."

I've spent a good part of the last five years sighing quietly, and saying "actually, Americans do understand irony." It seems I might have been wrong.

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