Dance with the guitar man

When I was in my early twenties, I went through a phase of being unable to stand the sound of guitars. Nothing cool and synaesthetic, nothing psycho-erotic, nothing continental and nihilistic: I’d just been listening to guitar music since I was about ten, and got thoroughly bored of it for a couple of years. It happens sometimes.

Something similar seems to be going on with Thomas Green, who’s written a lengthy post for The Arts Desk, entitled Can we please kill off the guitar as cultural icon now?

Well, ‘fraid not. No. Thing is that, as well as this happening to make the guitar a cultural icon:

Things like this happened too.

Not literally of course, unless you happen to be into thrashing Nazis with a banjolele.

Actually, I agree with Thomas Green that the last 20 years we’ve watched the tide of mediocre guitar bands rising like scum in a bath, while fresher waters have been spouting from different, um, spouts in the musical bathroom.

But it doesn’t mean we can “kill off the guitar as cultural icon”.

Probably, Thomas’ 20th-century music history’s a bit dodgy, but let’s not get bogged down with that at 5am.

The real point is, the fact that Chris Martin and his imitators are able to make a lucrative careers out of sounding like sixth formers stuck in a cloak-cupboard, doesn’t mean we all have to.

Which brings me to the reason I’m writing about this at all. Gratuitous you-tube footage of looney guitar bands. Do you want Melt Banana first? Good.

Now Acid Mothers Temple. You asked for it.

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~ by David Thorley on February 16, 2011.

2 Responses to “Dance with the guitar man”

  1. “Thrashing Nazis with a Banjolele”

    Please make this the name of your band

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