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Re: PAYOLA [was: HOUSE CONCERTS]
A decent rant, amigo.
> [Original Message]
> From: Stephen Goodman <email@example.com>
> To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
> Date: 2/18/2006 10:00:38 AM
> Subject: Re: PAYOLA [was: HOUSE CONCERTS]
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bill Fox" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
> Sent: Saturday, 18 February, 2006 02:59 AM
> Subject: PAYOLA [was: HOUSE CONCERTS]
> > loop.pool wrote:
> >> Things like this are never big money makers, they are labors of love
> >> very necessary labors of love as new and emerging
> >> artistry is crowded out of this culture's venues.
> > ...as evidenced by the report 20/20 did on Thursday night on Payola in
> > radio. Still going strong. Still keeps all the airplay for the big
> > budget labels, to hell with the rest of us. I have nothing against
> > business and making a profit. In fact, I insist that musicians make a
> > profit. But the Payola system is just greed; greed on the part of
> > commercial radio and greed on the part of major labels not wanting to
> > share the airwaves with little niche markets like where we loopers
> > Thank goodness for non-commercial FM radio and the internet.
> Warning! Rant follows! (some would say what else is new, eh?)
> Indeed! It's interesting to me - and a little discouraging at times -
> business deals that would otherwise be labeled "collusion",
> "anti-competitive", or to use the actual legal phrase "in restraint of
> trade", have been allowed to be made over the past 15 or so years. AOL
> buying their only competitor CompuServe, for example, if not also their
> assimilation act with Time-Warner. I'm sorry that 20/20 doesn't appear
> in the UK - but then such a program as described above would most likely
> ignored by the British TV-licensed public, who would be surprised that
> anyone would object to payola, anti-competitive groups like Clear
> or government control of the media.
> While I used to despair at the state of LA radio in the post-KROQ world,
> least there were occasional blips of independent radio before they were
> bought up by Clear Channel and turned into a piece of the Big Tapioca
> Machine. A listen to a range of stations in the UK - we've had various
> groups of workmen in the house here since 2003 - makes one wish for more
> than bloody revolution, frankly. UK radio is not much more than an
> extension of the Sales departments of the Big Five, with exceptions like
> Juice FM and a few rasta pirate stations that pop up only on Saturday
> for instance... and one gets a strong impression that what is thought of
> elsewhere as an entertainment medium is more of an employment medium. It
> as if a bunch of civil servants, middlemen, cigar-chompers and
> have thought up the idea to maintain a kind of funnel leading to the
> Marketing Pipeline, in order to catch large numbers of aspiring or
> acts, with the supposedly-best finding their way into the Pipeline.
> What does one get when you're on the consumer end of such a Pipeline?
> awful lot of barely-infringingly-duplicated, tone-corrected rubbish that
> sounds like there aren't any songwriters anymore, just performers of
> peoples' material (cut up, resampled, slightly rearranged to have a
> over-bass hip-hop beat slapped on top of it). James Blunt? Are you
> me? What's darkly hilarious at times is that such pablum is played
> in juxtaposition to Led Zeppelin, which even if you hate Zep still makes
> New Crop (er, Crap) sound even less interesting. On the depressing side
> presents a reality that doesn't exist - one where there are no more real
> songwriters, just committees and promo execs that approve what you'll be
> allowed to hear.
> Most of us on this list know there are songwriting musicians out there,
> that they either cannot bear the idea of dealing with the civil
> middlemen, cigar-chompers and accountants, or believe that if they did
> they'd just get pimped and robbed, and their material stolen and
> by one of the new breed of Tone Corrected Celebrities. Robert Fripp
> recently said in his diary that he'd "rather be dragged around England by
> left testicle" than deal with record execs etc.
> The Internet is the Next Frontier. We all know this. The Big Five
> anticipated CDs, CDs on computers, P2P, and they just barely got their
> anti-competitive paws on DVDs. Unfortunately the DVD cat has also been
> of the bag for some time, and even non-moving-parts items like USB
> are out of their reach. There is a future for people like us, one that
> still doesn't involve us crawling across some cigar-chomper's carpet just
> have the right to record our work.
> And now back to cleaning up after yesterday's workmen dust (Fripp calls
> 'workmen's pollen'), and clearing out my Mum-in-law's cupboards for the
> Happy Washington's Birthday too. Yipes.
> Stephen Goodman
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