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Media Musing #4


In the Guardian’s Film & Music section of Jan 27, Paul Morley was given far too many words to enthuse about the Arctic Monkeys – or rather, to enthuse how everyone’s been asking his opinion on them.

Not me, I should note, but, like slowing down to check out a car wreck, I couldn’t help myself. Morley’s conclusion? Absurdly, that the Monkeys herald a 1980s revival. Somehow, one sarcastic reference to Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ on ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ and Morley waxes lyrical about a period when his opinion actually mattered.

“Compilation albums continually herd 1980s songs into appealing boxed sets,” Morley writes, completely missing the point of the Monkeys’ popularity. “Singers and groups from the 1980s are constantly coming back, reforming, being added to some hall of fame or other – only last week, A-Ha were on Top Of The Pops and CD:UK, seeming a little younger and brighter than Coldplay.”

Yes, and this 1980s revival would explain why 1980s teen music bible Smash Hits just announced that it will cease publication next week.

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