Jerry Dammers grumbles that he's been left out of The Specials reunion tour:
Shortly after the meeting, however, Lynval Golding phoned me saying that I was not required for the band - "like Bill Wyman from the Stones" were his exact words. Terry's manager circulated emails from which I was excluded. Rehearsals were held without me, and I only managed to attend two - one of which was attended by only four people.
God, it sounds like a teenagers' band, doesn't it? I feel sorry for the man but these things do seem to happen in bands. Given that it's CiF, the comments quickly degenerate:
Maybe they think you are an arse and would be better off without you.
Judging from this article, they'd be right.
Although this made me chortle:
You need to get a sense of perspective, Mr Dammers.
I mean, ain't you heard of the starving millions?
Whatever you think about Dammers's grumbling, it's made to look like Proust by this nonsensical dribble of complete cobblers from Robert Smith. *sigh* They say you should never meet your heroes; I'd add you should never read some crap IN CAPS LOCK from them on the tinternet:
IT SEEMS A FEW PROFESSIONAL APOLOGISTS (YOU HAVE TOLOVE THEM!) OUT THERE DISAGREE WITH MY "EVERY ARTIST SHOULD VALUE THEIRART" MUSING
AND THINK ITS OK FOR ART - MUSIC IN PARTICULAR - TO BEMADE AVAILABLE FREE FOR ALL...
NO I AM NOT CONFUSING 'ARTISTIC VALUE' WITH'COMMERCIAL VALUE'
MERELY QUESTIONING THE DUMB ACCEPTANCE OF THE 'FREEART IS THE 'NEW' PARADIGM - THATS JUST THE WAY IT IS' MANTRA
IN THE WAY OF OUR BRIGHT AND BRAVE NEW WIRED WORLD
THESE IDIOT CRITICS HAVE TRIED VERY HARD TO TURN MYGENERAL POINT - A POINT I MADE USING RADIOHEAD'S 'IN RAINBOWS: PAY WHAT YOUWANT' MARKETING RUSE AS IT IS THE MOST WIDELY KNOWN EXAMPLE - INTO A MOCK SHOCKHORROR "HOW DARE ANYONE QUESTION THE FAMOUSLY INDEPENDENT ANDANTI-CAPITALIST RADIOHEAD, THEY SELL MORE 'PRODUCT' THAN THE CURE SO THEIRSTRATEGY OBVIOUSLY 'WORKED' (HUH?!!)... AND ANYWAY, ROBERT SMITH IS WAY TOO OLDTO COMMENT ON CONTEMPORARY CULTURE" MOMENT...
Oh dear. Maybe 'way too much of a fucking prick' might be more apt. Jesus, I feel guilty about giving this silly man my money when I was an angsty teenager.
I WONDER HOW MANY OF THE PROFESSIONAL APOLOGISTS OUTTHERE WRITE THEIR SHIT FOR FREE?
Heh. I do. Poor teh Robert.