a little rant about “indie”

heres a little rant i posted on a forum i use. i was replying to someone having a go at indie music (i sortof agree with them. its more their definition of indie than anything…)
the current crop of “indie” bands arent remotely indie anyway.

people class coldplay/keane/stereophics as indie. pretty much everything the NME or jo whiley says is great is automatically placed on the shitheap. (whiley goes for the coldplay end of the spectrum, nme go for the babyshambles route. both are equally as shit)

theres plenty of good indie still out there. just as there was 10/15 years ago.

britpop killed indie (and the NME) as we know it.

lets have a quick scan through my recent mp3 folders.

to me, this is indie…..

A.R.E. Weapons, buck 65, the pipettes, the delgados, ooberman, jim noir, carina round, belle and sebastian, euros childs, simian, stars, rilo kiley, hot chip, adem, roger manning jr, mew, tv on the radio, guitar, eels, flaming lips, super furries, badly drawn boy, mc lars and gerling.

at leeds last week, there were some people camped nearby with a stereo. without exception the songs they had on were everything i despise about current “indie” music. some of the songs… when taken on their own, i can live with. but in the context of all the other songs played, it was enough to make me want to kill.

they played….

Kaiser Chiefs
Franz Ferdinand
The Automatic
Maximo Park
The Futureheads
Arctic Monkeys

which is your basic nme/jo whiley definition of the current greatest indie compilations cd in the world ever (part 4)

and without doubt, the nastiest, most corporate dogshit possible.

these bands all play the V festival. theres some ACE stuff at V. moreso for me than leeds (this year at least) but there is no way i would set foot in the V arena. it will be populated by wankers. wankers who like “indie”. wankers who 5 years ago were generally known as “trendies” who went to yates’ and started fights in town centres.

these days, its cool to be into indie/rock/metal/etc. and not cool to be into pop. its just the marketing people telling you what to do, just as they were doing 5 years ago.

people need to do what i do. realise that the killers are a shit shed 7 tribute act, that the kaiser chiefs are shit (they are the menswe@r of the 2000s) and that the only thing to do is avoid these publications/people and actually go listen to WHAT YOU WANT. dont dismiss something because it doesnt fit into genres. so what if its pop? i would rather have busted’s album on my shelf than franz fucking ferdinand. take sandi thom for example. she is the perfect example of marketing gone bad. yet people still bought into it. these people are idiots. whereas someone like nerina pallot has been doing the rounds for 5 years now, and only just starting to get the recognition she deserves (a year and a half after her second album was actually released, no less!)

stop buying into a style because “its cool”. its not. follow your heart. stop trying to fit in. do/wear/listen to something because YOU like it. not because some style guide tells you to.

but most of all, stop buying the NME. hit them where it hurts.

oops. i kinda went off on one, didnt i?