Aboslutely chuckle inducing blog from the Guardian website:
[quote:3195d740bf]Stop all the clocks. Thanks to an outfit called Infinite PR, Press Release of the Week is officially IN.
It concerns the latest musical stylings of Lily Allen - a forthcoming album rather optimistically titled It's Not Me, It's You - and may well be the year's most hilariously stupid document, even by the standards of the famously competitive public relations industry.
It has a cold open of sorts, beginning with lyrics - a couplet, I suppose you'd call it - from one of Lily's new tracks.
"Now I lie here in the wet patch in the middle of the bed,
I'm feeling pretty damn hard done by, I've spent ages giving head".
Now, what do you think are the publicists' words immediately following this?
"Lily Allen, the Wordsworth of the MySpace generation, returns with the -"
I'm so sorry, I thought for a minute they said "the Wordsworth of the MySpace generation".
Oh my God! They totally did!
Unfortunately, there is no time to pause and reflect on the John Milton of txtspk, because we are assaulted by a description of Lily as "not only as the foremost musical talent of her generation but also the most innovative".
And then this. "It's Not Me, It's You still celebrates Lily's supreme pop artistry but this time there's a depth and a dexterity to many of the songs that moves her even further ahead of her contemporaries; if Alan Bennett were to be channelled into the body of a 23-year-old female pop star then these songs might be the lyrical result."
Really? Really? Lost in Showbiz thought long and hard about this, and in the end decided a call to Infinite PR was the only reasonable option.
"Congratulations on a sublimely parodic press release," LiS greets Murray Chalmers, the brains behind it all. "We're particularly interested in the Wordsworth comparison, which we feel if anything underplays Lily's talent and indeed canonical importance. Tell me: which of Wordsworth's works would you say It's Not Me, It's You has the deepest affinity with?"
There is a pause. Just name any of Wordsworth's works. "It was really to remind people what an excellent lyricist Lily is," says Murray, eventually.
Yes, but is it her version of The Prelude, or are we still back in Wordsworth's earlier work - Lyrical Ballads, say? Funnily enough, when I read that bit about poor Lily having to lie in the ejaculate, I was put powerfully in mind of Tintern Abbey. Anyway, let's continue. What aspects of Alan Bennett's writing would you say Lily also embodies?
"I don't think I'd like to comment any further," says Murray.
A disappointment, then, and we'll bid him good day for now.
I will endeavour to track down that press release...
Once again Steven Dedalus demonstrates his snobbery, detatchment from young people and adavancing years by deriding Dead Ace Pop in a frothing, bitter rage.
Next he'll be denying that kate Nash is the Willam Blake of the Vodcast Generation.
Just you watch!
[quote:0d723429d7="T Entertainment"]snobbery, detatchment from young people and adavancing years by deriding Dead Ace Pop in a frothing, bitter rage.
These qualities maketh the man.
Apparently Lily Allen's already had to defend her new release from large sections of the music media who think it's shite, and it isn't even out yet. That press release isn't helping. Mind you, those lyrics aren't helping.
It reminds me of that Lenard Cohen lyric from Chelsea Hotel, but as we all know he is the Jodie Marsh of the Order-of-Canada-National-Order-of-Quebec-singer-songwriter-novelist-monk scene.
Terrorists are gay...it's obvious