Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Public funding

I find it incredible that any public money is funding rock/pop bands. Magnus Linklater is claiming credit for diverting some money from the Scottish Arts Council to support "emerging talent".

Now, I have to admit I like Franz Ferdinand. I listen to their new album quite a bit. (I really love "Take Me Out", which reminds me of a big 60s, I think, anthem type song, but I can't put my finger on it. Any help out there? Zeppelin, maybe?)

That doesn't mean I don't think it's wrong for the government to be funding "emerging talent". If any of the "emerging talent" was a good investment the record industry would already be funding it. Or, the "emerging talent" would redouble their efforts to be good enough. Government money, please!

{Any coincidence, I wonder, that a band that can remind me of a 60s anthems producer should find favor with a man who has "skipped the past decade or two in pop and rock".}

"Supported by the Arts Council" is worse than "sponsored by Apple" or even Wal-Mart.