Friday, 23 March 2012

THANKLESS TASKS

I'm late in mentioning this, but do check out The Worst Songs Project, an attempt to delineate the worst 200 pop records of all time. Tom May, David Lichfield, John Gibson, Robin Carmody and myself voted, and there are comments by four of us on most of the entries (note the ineptitude of my comments in comparison with the shock eloquence of the other three lads).

I think Florence and the Machine's "You've Got the Love" is up next week, which I'm very much looking forward to.

Speaking of which, I've got a putative idea for a book of essays (maybe a Zero thing) called something like Against the New Bloomsbury, about how modernism and the historical avant-garde generally is being turned into a bourgeois commodity in a privatised higher education system. Any takers?

6 comments:

Phil Knight said...

I sort of amazed myself in reading that piece, in that there wasn't a single one that I had ever knowingly heard - I mean there's bound to be some of them I've heard ambiently loads of times, but it's a funny thing - if you don't know who's performing it, you really aren't listening to it, are you?

Tom May said...

Sounds a potentially fascinating book. I'd be interested in contributing; maybe something on developments in education or television... Will have a good think!

Lindsay - juegos gratis said...

I agree with you ... very good post. thanks

Rhian Jones said...

I realise I'm late to this, but just wanted to register my interest in the book - not sure I'd have anything to contribute myself, but it sounds fascinating.

Alex Niven said...

Nice one Rhian. I'd definitely like to do this and if it transpires it'd be smashing to have you on board. Be warned though, I'll probably try to coax a contribution out of you! Really enjoyed those American Psycho pieces at Bad Reputation btw.

Rhian Jones said...

CHeers! Ah, I'm always open to persuasion - it's how I end up writing for most of the places I do... Good luck with it at any rate and yes, do keep me posted.