Another interesting comment popped up in the open letter to Chloe Sevigny debate.
This one accused me of being professional Mancunian.
As usual the person didn’t sign their name on it but we have pretty good idea of who it was!
Comment is below and my reply after that…
The fact that so many jaded bloated old-Factory Records-Stone Roses-John Robb ”Ëprofessional Mancunain’ types have got so indignant about someone’s honest opinion about the city proves Manchester is not the glittering cosmopolitan these tired individulas constantly try to promote.
Born and raised in Manchester the simple truth is it is a dark, dank post-industrial ugly city in which there exists a vibrant population and out of which some great music/culture/art has been created, but Paris it sure is not. Get over yourself Mr Blackpool and when will you old men leave the past behind. Nostalgia”Â¦nostalgia”Â¦nostalgia (and no just saying you like WULYF and a few other new bands does not mean you are in touch with present.
Idiot Joy Showland”Â¦”Â¦”Â¦”Â¦”Â¦”Â¦”Â¦”Â¦.
1. Thanks for the comment- it’s good of you to take the time but I wish you had put your name on it as hiding behind a pseudonym makes the content of the comment a bit pointless.
2. I am certainly not jaded and certainly not bloated! and not Factory Records either. I am no-one’s pay roll.
3. I’ve never promoted Manchester as a ‘glittering’ place. I just didn’t think it’s grim or full of girls that look like ‘chavs’, obviously you do, fair enough. That’s my ‘honest opinion’.
4. Culturally I prefer Manchester to Paris, otherwise I would live in Paris. I agree there is a vibrant population in Manchester and lots of great music.
5. I’ve never claimed to represent Manchester or come from Manchester, I don’t claim to be ‘Mr. Blackpool’ either. I’ve never hidden the fact I come from Blackpool. I moved to Manchester in 1984 but have always told people where I’m from and it’s never been a problem to anyone apart from you.
6. In the context of the Stone Roses you pull the ‘nostalgia’ criticism and, yes, they are from the past but also exist in the present. Yes I do write about them but I don’t exclusively write about the Stone Roses. This website is full of music old and new. You have obviously only read one blog out of 3000 on here and made a lot of swift assumptions. Am I a professional punk for writing about punk, a professional industrial metal fan for writing about Rammstein, a professional sitar fan for writing about Ravi Shankar,a professional fan of new music for writing about new bands?
7. I really like Wu Lyf but I write about a lot more new bands than that. You are conveniently editing the truth to fit your own version of events which seems to be that I only write about Stones Roses and deal in nostalgia. I am veritably not bored of the past- so much great music there but also love the present. There’s a lot of new bands and new music on this site, you have, of course, ignored it to bend the facts for your argument.
8. I’m not claiming to be in touch with the present- that’s for experts like you, although you are strangely silent on new bands preferring to go on about people writing about old bands. I’m writing about music that I like old or new, whatever I hear that I like. It’s, of course, quite haphazard. I think it’s strange to only like new bands exclusively but I’m glad you do- please send me a list of new bands that you like, I would be happy to listen to them- last time you were asked to do this you couldn’t provide any names though.
9. Idiot Joy Showland instantly dates you being the title of an old Fall song from 20 years ago- a sign of your own nostalgia perhaps?