There are no guitar bands in the charts I hear the cry almost every week in some column or other debating the future of music. Music journalists discuss the lack of originality in music and how pop music has been taken over by “manufactured” music and Simon Cowell.
In the last few weeks we have seen a remarkable publicity machine doing the work of the devil, as the “new” band from Liam Gallagher has showcased it’s new material.
The press has been lapping it up, with front covers in the NME and Q magazine. The likes of Zane Lowe and John Kennedy lauding the “amazing” sound of the new album.
Then some reality checks as the first single doesn’t even hit the top 30. There is a good reason for this, the song is crap, and the album worse.
For all the column inches and heaps of praise from Muso’s who frankly should know better, this band has been able to garner more publicity in 2 weeks than most bands are able to get in a year, yet their talent hardly deserves such praise.
Beady Eye are basically, well, Oasis without the talented one. Noel wrote all the memorable and innovative songs, he even sang some of them. The band that became Oasis in the first place was crap before he joined them, and now we are left with the scraps of this defunct outfit.
Don’t get me wrong, Oasis did some amazing things, their first 2 albums were superb and their attitude a breath of fresh air at the time. However, since the absolute debacle of Standing on the shoulder of Giants, which has to go down as truly one of the most disappointing album of all time. The album that was to break America, saw them lose their way in spectacular fashion.
Despite a few high points since then, they achieved little in terms of innovation following this ill fated project, even though a few classics like “The importance of being Idle” and “Little by Little” kept them going. They ended on a bit of a high with Dig Out Your Soul which was quite a good effort, however, for many they had become the Status Quo of Brit Pop. And this is where Beady Eye have taken off.
The very worst aspects of Oasis have been cobbled together to reproduce the most derivative, uninspiring dross. Truly awful run of the mill music, ripping off as much of their idles as possible.
It is truly unbelievable that radio stations are still playing this awful music. and even worse that music publications decide this is what people want to read about.
Next time people discuss, where is the guitar music these days? Point them in the direction of Beady Eye and they will see exactly why. If muso’s think this is worth the oxygen of publicity God help the music industry.