Actually, I have something to confess to you. I have not heard even one note of the Arctic Monkeys' music. For all I know, it could be a respectable pop record. It's probably far better than Kelly Clarkson or Gwen Stefani or Ciara or anything in the top 40. It's just that I am skeptical that a band that just put out a record in JANUARY, for Christ's sake, has already gained this much hype. One of the things I respect about Modest Mouse - although, if you were to ask me, I would say their music has gone downhill with Good News - is that their success is fairly-earned. Simply put, they WORKED for their success.
And now... [drum roll] a short history of good British bands that respect is due to:
- Wire. I've overlooked Pink Flag, which has been sitting on my CD rack for a year unlistened. I have no idea why. Wire is considered late punk/early new wave - they had a synth player, if I recall. Pink Flag is fast-paced, uptempo, hook-a-minute stuff. I have NO IDEA why the early Wire records appear to be out of print - I was looking for Chairs Missing on Amazon and it only comes up with the used records section.
- The Fall. There's nothing I can say here. Simply listen to this band. Take this advice: wouldn't you rather want to hear the music yourself than hear some semi-educated lunatic rant mindlessly about it?
I'm trying not to include overtly mainstream stuff like Radiohead and Bloc Party and The Clash, so it looks like we end here.
Part 2 will be the obligatory, "You've discussed the music, now where IS the music?" part. Maybe. Maybe not. We will see.