Friday, July 01, 2005

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTS OF SORTS

It's funny that the Brits and the Grammys choose to give their lifetime prizes to bands who've had hugely successful careers, although we'd say that once Elton had made his first million, he was in a position where he could wander along quite comfortably with no need to worry about commercial considerations. The real lifetime achievements, it seems to us, are made by those people who continue with musical careers often in the face of widespread public indifference and without the cosy back-up of a couple of houses and a stack of cash-money. That's why, even though we didn't care for their They Might Be Giants style whimsy, we're heartened to hear that The Frank and Walters are still going. It'll never make us love that record about people eating soup with a fork or whatever it was, but it gives us renewed respect for them as people.

Next week: Sultans of Ping found alive in Bolton.