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Monday, October 25, 2010 

The day musical satire became obsolete.

Tom Lehrer famously said that political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize. Musical satire isn't as wide a movement or genre as political satire, outside of the output of a few individual bands and parodists, yet if there was a music awards ceremony similar to the Ig Nobels where tongue being held firmly in cheek was the guiding principle rather than just recognising the objectively bad, you might perhaps, if you were really pushing it, give an "innovation in sound" award to say, Mark Ronson. You could probably just get away with giving the "best track" award to You Got the Love by Florence and the Machine. The "best act in the world" award, less controversially, should go to Kasabian, while the "best new act" prize could be given to say, Mumford and Sons.

As it turns out, such an awards ceremony clearly doesn't need to be invented, as we've already got the Q Awards, although apparently satire isn't their aim. Yes, they really did give the "Innovation in Sound" award to Mark Ronson.

(Apologies for the shitty blogging. No excuses offered, will get back on it properly tomorrow.)

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Hello. Don't worry about not blogging often, when you blog well instead. I don't share all of your music tastes, and I think you can be too harsh about these music-industry bashes, but I wanted to thank you for the music videos you post here alongside the political comment.

Normally I read this blog for the politilolz, but yesterday was the anniversary of John Peel's death, so to stretch my broadly indie music muscles I went through some of your drum, bass, garage, house and patio tracks (subs: is that right?) and had a good old listen.

I mostly liked "Amen, Brother", and the tracks from El B. Not sure about everything else, especially the ones that sound like dodgy London pirate radio stations. But liking everything first off isn't the point of trying something new, is it?

Well, if you like El-B then everything from that should follow: he was making dubstep for a good few years before the "genre" even got its name. I'm not the biggest fan of "chocolate cake slice" style MCs either, and as hilarious as that clip is, it's all part of the culture of the music as much as anything. You are more than welcome, incidentally.

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