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No Reunited Smiths, Pop Goes Punk and Fender Struggles

By Mike Breen · October 3rd, 2012 · Minimum Gauge


We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

On one hand, it would be nice to see The Smiths perform together again. On the other hand, Blanket Jackson has a better chance of becoming President in 2020. Morrissey performed at the 2009 Coachella festival as a solo act and reportedly complained about smelling of “burning flesh” (not some kind of human sacrifice by Throbbing Gristle members backstage; more likely hamburgers cooking). Morrissey recently told Australia’s Herald Sun Coachella organizers offered to make the fest “100% vegetarian” if The Smiths would play in 2010. Well, half The Smiths — the fest only cared if guitarist Johnny Marr and Moz showed up. Meat is murder … and also a bargaining chip, apparently. (Morrissey declined).

Morrissey at Coachella, smelling burning flesh, hoping to God it's human:


Tween Punk!

Great week for teeny-bopper Pop stars to show some predictably-cute Punk Rock “attitude.” Justin Bieber pulled a Johnny Thunders in Arizona, dancing to the front of the stage, then turning around, doubling over and puking his guts out.

He returned later saying, according to PopCrush.com, “Will you love me even though I’m throwing up on stage?” Of course! But we won’t kiss you. Well, no tongue, at least. The Biebs wasn’t shooting up junk; he later blamed it on … milk (awwwww!). Meanwhile, boy band One Direction admitted to copping the guitar riff from The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” for one of their songs. Harry Styles told the AP, “It’s kind of on purpose … it’s a great riff.” Punk Rock bonus point! He then said another 1D song was modeled on Grease number “Summer Nights.” Punk Rock bonus points: -198.


Axe Falling on Axes?

Tech advances dazzle us so much, we sometimes forget those being hurt by them. Typewriter repairmen. Phone book publishers. People who like to have rational discussions. And the makers of musical instruments. The New York Times recently ran an article about the struggles of the Fender guitar company. Though a sales plummet this year is partially blamed on the economy, a shift towards more electronic sounds has also had an effect. The article also featured this ominous observation: “It’s worth remembering that the accordion was once the most popular instrument in America.”



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