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Upsetting Mammon. Rolling Stones style

In my younger days we used to see Rock and Roll as something of a subversive art-form and to my mind that is one of the most clever and devious half truths of any commercial enterprise because it has almost always been the case that it is a way to make serious money and to commercially exploit the punters. After all what is not to like about the energy of our biological imperative being exploited in the service of Mammon? Who among you does not have a favourite popular music tune associated with  the quest for your significant other?  Who out there does not get stirrings in the loins when they here their song on the radio? Sadly for the Rolling Stones it seems that their “licence to print money” reputation has reached its use-by date as they discover that their fans will no longer max out their credit cards for the transient pleasure of hearing them play while Mick Jagger prances around on his zimmer frame.

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The expected reward for hubris is of course public humiliation as even Mammon does not smile upon being taken for granted and being expected to endorse the vanity of the Rolling Stones. It sort of makes me think that there is a very good argument for bowing out with some style and dignity rather than milking the fans for every possible penny for as long as they can.

Cheers Comrades


“False advertising”, or “The curse of a bad miming job”

A week ago I went to see the talent night put together by the students and teachers at my daughters school. It was , as theses thing so often are, a mix of the very good and the truly dreadful but as the performers were all (collectively) our kids the audience was more than satisfied. Even the kid strumming random notes on a blue guitar was given a rousing ovation from the audience. One group of children even performed a song that they had written and choreographed themselves which was very good.
We were happy because we got precisely what we expected from the evening. On the other side of the continent the audience was very dissatisfied for the simple reason that they did not get what the bargained for at all. Who can blame concert goers for being pissed off at paying an outrageous price for what can only be described as a “Milli Vanilli” moment from BRITNEY Spears?

Britney Spears fails to whip the crowd into a frenzy at her first Australian concert. Source: Herald Sun

BRITNEY Spears’ Australian tour is in turmoil, with angry fans demanding their money back over a “boring”, “stiff” and lip-synched first concert in Perth on Friday night.

As the controversial popstar hid in her hotel on Saturday, her Circus tour – which will include shows in Melbourne on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday- threatened to descend into farce.

Hundreds of fans, who paid up to $1500 a ticket, stormed out of the Burswood Dome concert.

Herald Sun

Pop music is all about style surpassing substance and frankly fakers singers like Spears make even the most vapid and vacuous performers look good by comparison. Who knows if this will be the death-knell of an already failing “career”. Already having fame for  her lack of underwear suggests that maybe the next step for the blighted Ms Spears may just be a career in Porn.

Cheers Comrades


About bloody time!

If ever a TV program had out lived it’s welcome Big Brother surely has. The problem for me has been that the format is essentially boring and the people chosen have nothing to do but talk about themselves. At least on the Dutch version of the show  they actually have sex ….

AFTER eight years of endless drama, including the latest “insider trading”-style betting scandal, Channel 10’s reality show Big Brother is no more.

Australia’s most controversial fly-on-the-wall reality show has been dropped by Channel 10.

It’s understood staff at the production company Endemol Southern Star, the company that owns the franchise, were handed their notice yesterday after Network Ten brass made the decision that the current season would be their last.

Good riddance to bad rubbish Comrades

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