There is something to be said for occasionally Googling for one’s name. I’ve not done it for a while which would explain why this link has not caught my eye until now.
The author of the piece takes issue with the glowing writeup I gave to the first Evanescence single last summer and makes some wonderfully barbed comments about the whole writing style of the commentaries. I love the way he describes the columns as being full of “increasingly personal and thinly-disguised views” when in actual fact I don’t make any attempt to disguise my views in any way at all.
I mean let’s face it, we are writing about music here and like most forms of artistic expression it is designed to provoke an emotional response in those who experience it. Any review or commentary on a piece of music will inevitably be coloured by the way it has affected that particular writer and I make no pretence of being objective or dispassionate.
The glowing writeup of the Evanescence single was as a result of the genuine sense of excitement that people felt about the single and they way both it and the video gave you goosebumps the first time you encountered them. It still stands up as one of the most majestic and memorable singles of last year and for that reason deserves to be hailed from the rooftops. The sad thing is that none of the followups so far have come up to scratch.
I’d read some of the guys other columns on the site (assuming there are any) but anyone who uses a column to accuse another of having “…an agenda … tainted with arrogance…” I suspect is likely to miss several more points along the way, and life is simply too short.
Whilst writing the chart commentary this week it seemed sort of appropriate to dig out what I had written about Mysterious Girl first time around. I couldn’t find a way to shoehorn it into the Launch piece itself, so here it is for posterity, from the dotmusic chart commentary for the week ending June 1st 1996:
The campaign to turn the Australian pretty boy into a major star over here is apparantly reaping rewards. After a curious period at the end of last year when he appeared all over teen magazines, apparantly famous for being famous, he scored his first chart hit earlier this year with ‘Only One’, a pleasant enough pop song which didn’t really deserve more than its Number 16 peak. Now with his profile built even higher he releases a second single and scores an instant smash hit. Actually I could do to curb my natural cynicism over this because ‘Mysterious Girl’ is actually rather wonderful, a summery reggae track featuring the toasting of Bubbler Ranx which would have been a hit single even if it wasn’t sang by a long-haired Australian with gleaming pectorals. But for the fact that ‘Three Lions’ looks to be in a strong position at the top, this track could even be marked as a potential Number One.
Hey, I wasn’t wrong either, just about seven years premature.
Well we aren’t going to win Eurovision now are we? To give the voting public full credit they at least avoided choosing a cliched boy band performance to represent us but instead went for a Fame Academy reject warbling in a sub Ryan Adams kind of way. Only one song actually had a chance of appealing to European audiences and true to form it was nowhere in the running.
Word has it that the best pop songwriters in the country were approached so that our entry would come up to standard and be a world away from last year’s debacle.
No wonder singles sales are down.