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I’ve always loathed the Queens of Noise – talent-free, clue-free, charm-free Hoxton sockpuppets, always to be found ‘on the 1s and 2s’ at the latest gallery opening or at Peaches Geldof’s 16th birthday rave. They have a 6music show on Saturday afternoons which is breathtaking in its scene-chasing, ignorant, desperate stupidity, but man, have they excelled themselves this week.
The Queens have, you see, just spent two weeks in Jamaica (a blissful absence which saw Andy Weatherall stand in and play two weeks worth of genius tunes). So this week is their reggae special. I IMPLORE you to listen to this on the BBC’s Listen Again site -it’ll be there for a week from now.
GASP! as they start dropping misplaced patois throughout their Hoxton buzzword bullshit!
SNIGGER! as they broadcast a snippet of an interview with Winston Riley during which they clearly don’t have a clue what he’s saying!
FEEL YOUR SPHINCTER CLENCH! as they get almost ever element of reggae history ever so slightly wrong.
LAMENT! the fact that although they did find themselves in a fairly scary part of Kingston, they escaped unscathed.
Trust me, this is worth a listen, if only to remind you that – as Innes from Primal Scream once put it – it really is time for a new Manson family.
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