Old Music

I overheard some 15 and 16 year olds talking the other day (at work, not out in the community)- they were discussing ‘old music’ but I couldn’t quite hear what they meant by ‘old music’. So I asked. ‘The first Arctic Monkeys album’ one of them replied.

I nearly spat my false teeth out. I mean, when was that released? 2003? Old music?!

They would have been 5 or so at the time, so maybe they had a point, but fer Christsakes!

They also see all music ever recorded as equal somehow- no context, no real distinction between music recorded in 2003, 1993 or 1963. It’s all a 3.5MB, 79p download. One of them was equally into Arctic Monkeys and Rhythm Is A Dancer by Snap. And Iron Maiden.

I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor

>Lights On


One of the things about the caravan we stayed in last week was it had more TV channels than we have at home, including a variety of music channels. NME TV had an hour of Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian videos showing one evening, head to head. I can’t stand Kasabian, but a lot of songs by Sheffield’s finest I really like and I’d forgotten about this one, Leave Before The Lights Come On, a single from 2006 which has some of the ramshackle charm of the first album and none of the more overbearing muscularity of the second.