Mark Smith from The Fall bemoans the the state of ‘modern music’ in interviewThe Fall has just released a fab new album and Mark Smith has done a couple of interviews.

In the Independent newspaper he bemoans modern music:

“Even pop, rock, it’s all very miserable right now. Everyone I meet says that to me. All that I hear is that it’s shit. Old people, young people, taxi drivers; there’s just nothing there. ‘When will the new Sex Pistols come, Mark?’

“It’s not going to happen, is it? It’s not. The occasions I go to award shows, they’re just a bunch of shits. You sit next to The Killers, and it’s like, am I on the wrong fucking train here?

“No, really. Talking about shares and stuff. Mumford and Sons, it’s like sitting next to Ernst and Young.”

Is he right? Or have old people always moaned about the young? Why do we need a ‘new Sex Pistols’ anyway…is modern music rubbish? Do all groups only care about the money? What do you think?

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  1. I once saw someone ask Hunter S. Thompson if he thought rock ‘n’ roll was still important. He replied ‘I didn’t think it ever was.’

  2. We need a new Sex Pistols because we need something real instead of manufactured Autotuned pretty boy/girl marketing tools and wannabe celebrities.
    Ten or fifteen years ago youngsters may have had a point about ‘old’ people moaning but today the music business has changed beyond all recognition. There is, from what I can see, no long term development or investment in an artist and the ones who have had that luxury have done it for themselves through shear hard graft and dedication for little reward or recognition.

  3. It’s nothing to do with young or old, MES has often hand picked The Fall’s support slots, young and old. More to do with artists and musicians choosing to make music for a career path, rather than to create new ideas. The only reason The Fall have been able to make their 30th LP is because of Marks stoic attitude to making rather than earning.

  4. Here you go MES and all. You’re all saved! Play for free. httpss://

  5. I could not agree more, In my opinion it’s all gonna change very soon and we at Salford Music festival will once again be flying the flag for all the bands you’ve never heard of, as Mark said himself, ” The great thing about your festival is you get to see & hear loads of bands you’ve never heard of ” This year we have over 400 signed up wanting to play. Change is around the corner.

  6. Nail on the head, Mark. The only people in music who are prepared to say anything controversial are guys like him, Morrissey or John Lydon. All the new bands are PC and safe. And their music reflects this.

  7. What’s the point of having a comment section if it is censored? I thought this site was all about ” punk ” style journalism, Is it not then? Very happy to engage in debate all day long in a real Salford punk street style fashion, not only is it the labels & radio & multi millionare Manchester promoters that are responsible for all the fake crap that gets plugged & promoted. It really is going to change, simply because it has too.


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