Ol' Pal D is Right.

Read it even though I was scared of being hurt. Guy's right.

He's right.

I should have defined what an "ad" is. I think that's what it comes down to. I'm talkin' why help Microsoft or Cokey Cola for a shekel fifty. They wouldn't pull your ass out of a burning building.

Of course people should have a right to make a buck off their shit. The only reason I have any right to bitch about commerce is that I spent a generation tryin' to get on the Crap Train to no avail. Hopefully I don't come off like I'm trying to obscure that. Pisses me off no end to be so good and so talented and so completely without any sort of artistic future. Completely. I couldn't move a unit if it came with a fucking 8-ball. God damn it. And I don't think these pages would reveal an overpreponderance of self-love to any but the most casual observer.

Guy's all right to drop th' tone, dodge the thrust and make his (good) point. I reckon we're both bigger for it. Reckon he thought my attack was maybe more focused and directed than it was.




Blogger XTCfan said...

For the folks looking for the exchange between Ol' Pal D and Bobby, you can find it here.

Pretty damn good exchange, if I do say. And good on you for stepping up, Bob-o. I must admit it's tempting to simply say Fuck the Man and poop-pooh all attempts to reasonably combine art and commerce, but OPD has a good point ... while difficult, it is possible. And necessary.

(Tee-hee. My word-verification word is "woxofm" ... WOXO Raydeeoooohh!)

2:55 PM  
Blogger Pinko Punko said...

Right on bruthas.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Nobody said...

Funny, I thought indie music was stronger than ever. There's a tonne of great little labels out there putting out fantastic music if you just dig hard enough.

And as for 'experimental group based music' - if anything that's the new big thing in the independent world, collectives like the Arcade Fire, the Hidden Cameras, Broken Social Scene and the New Pornographers to name four differing examples are doing pretty damn well for themselves, (though admittedly the New Pornographers are a collective who make Bubblegum, which in 2005 I consider pretty damn experimental). Interestingly enough, all are Canadian.

The concept of ads on blogs to me means the possibility of self-censorship by writers to guarantee further income.

And when Bobby has been in the position where he's been told to 'dumb down' or 'underwrite' his *absolutely stunning* music to fit the needs of commercial advertising interests on the radio, I can completely support his anger and position. Read his post about 'Writing a 3' and imagine how that would feel.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Bobby Lightfoot said...

Good point, Simon-

Now that Pal and I are at the making out stage I'm realizing he thought I was taking issue with people promoting their own blogs, as opposed to selling 'em out to Exxon. Promotion good. Every penny you make from your blig is one you don't have to suck Cheney off for.


5:20 PM  
Blogger Bobby Lightfoot said...


dude, what's the big deal with woxofm? It'll happen again 11,546,567,121 times down the road.

10.29! Music Changes!!!

5:23 PM  
Blogger XTCfan said...

10.29 ... or 29.10, given your preference. HarridansRAYDEEOH...

5:51 PM  
Blogger Neddie said...

Ahhhhh, it does my heart good to see this outcome. Bobby and Pal D (although they didn't know it while they were comparing pee-pees) are two of my favorite people in both cyber- and meatspace, and I'd sure hate to think they were on the outs.

Now then: When do we start our all-out media blitz to get a bigger audience for the Harridans at Jay's than McCartney will get at RFK?

My Secret Word: ZFWOW! which couldn't have been done better if it had been typed by Dave Barry.

7:30 PM  

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