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Thread #126718   Message #2818721
Posted By: Phil Edwards
22-Jan-10 - 02:27 PM
Thread Name: Nick Drake - hype and reality
Subject: RE: Nick Drake - hype and reality
It's the disproportionate attitude - as demonstrated by The Culture Show clip I was talking about - that irritates.

Will, the Culture Show takes a disproportionate attitude to everything. When they discovered Corinne Bailey Rae, they didn't just say "this singer's quite good" - they explicitly compared CBR with Billie Holliday, and supported this with a point-by-point comparison (is female, check; is black, check; has had a job outside the music industry, check...). Sometimes what you're watching isn't so much hype in the music industry as music feeding into the hype industry.

As a traddie, I'm absolutely fine singing about blacksmiths and milkmaids, so Danny Thompson's remarks annoy me rather. But I do think Nick Drake was rather good. I've sung several of his songs unaccompanied and made them work (well, people clapped), which suggests they're pretty well-made songs. The inevitable question - who else, working in the medium of self-penned songs, finger-picking and silly tunings, do you think was better or more interesting?