Recently it’s been announced that someone, I can’t be bothered to find out who, is making a musical based on the life of Kurt Cobain. I imagine this is exactly the kind of legacy that he feared would come with his rapid ascendancy to stardom, the very fear that contributed to the decision to blow his own brains out. So it’s nice the rampant pop culture machine has fulfilled his darkest nightmares.
Whilst I have no problem with the concept of musicals and even rather enjoy it when done in an interesting or unexpected way – good examples being Buffy’s much lauded musical episode ‘Once More with Feeling’ or, umm, Glee. But I fail to see why everything is getting turned into one these days. Once it was just rom coms and the odd animated classic that got the stage musical version but it seems there isn’t a topic that doesn’t get the treatment now. I mean it’s not just Cobain either, we’re also getting a Tupac musical, presumably because gang violence seems a perfect fit for a musical right? Guess it worked for West Side Story so why not South Central? I have no idea where this will end but expect we’ll soon be seeing shows about the lives of Albert Speer, Leon Trotsky and this morning’s bowel movement.
Whilst on the subject of musicals John Lydon is set to appear in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He’s playing King Herod rather than the starring role but it’s still something of a surprise and really wish that in 1977 I (as an unborn fetus) had put a bet on Johnny Rotten one day appearing in an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical – that would have got some good odds.
Moving on from a form of music that often involves singing mice to a mouse who DJs – yes it’s time for our weekly slagging off of Deadmau5. This week we bring you the news that he recently unveiled that he is “going Techno”, heralding it with a “Techno set”. I have no idea if it actually was Techno or if it was any good, I have better things to do with my life than listen to Deadmau5 or Techno. But I do hope it’s a permanent change as it seems to me to be a perfect match of tedious music to a tedious man.
Finally I bring you reports that Soundcloud and the major labels are in talks, or at least I bring you a report of a report that Soundcloud and the major labels are in talks. This conjures a few thoughts in my old and tired brain including of course they fucking are and in fact Soundcloud have been talking to labels, publishers and collecting rights societies for some time about royalties linked to the site as well as it appears Mixmag’s music journalism is about as good as their science coverage we saw last week”. So well done Mixmag you just keep on pushing that insightful, educational journalism.