What happened to our heroes?

First published in Letters by

“AARRRGGGHH!” This isn’t the sound I make when somebody stands on my foot. This isn’t even the sound I make when I realise somebody has stolen the last Wagon Wheel I had stashed in my secret location.

This is the sound I make when I am forced to endure the Brit Awards.

In my day we had real musicians: Tony Hadley, Jon Bon Jovi, Andrew Ridgeley. Those boys knew how to belt out a tune.

Now we have Mumford & Sons scooping the ‘‘Best British Group’’ award, a bunch of Wellington-wearing banjo-botherers not fit to to shine David Stewart’s shoes.

Coldplay winning ‘‘Best Live Act’’? Do me a favour. Who wants to listen to Chris Martin sobbing into his microphone when they can remember the glory years of Simon Le Bon?

I’ll never forget the nirvana I felt at the Queens Hall in Leeds in 1982 when Duran Duran set the world alight with their Rio Tour. Real musicians, real inspirations, proper vocalists.

Next year I won’t be bothering. I’ll be slipping on Spandau’s ‘‘Gold’’ and remembering the truly golden era of the 1980s.

Nick Lone, Alness Drive, Acomb Park, York.


• I WISH to express my total dismay at the Brit Awards. This is supposed to be an event to celebrate the cream of British music, yet all we got was an abundance of limp dross.

I have been in the music business for more than 20 years, most notably as a session musician for hard rock outfits such as Keane and Franz Ferdinand. Now those boys knew how to party.

When I saw Mumford & Sons collect their award, they looked like nice schoolboys who would be petrified at the thought of having half a shandy.

Where are the sex symbols, the modern day Tom Jones? The hard rock and rollers such as Mick Jagger or Paul Young?

James Corden was truly abysmal as a host. He is no Chris Evans, put it that way. Some of his banter made me cringe so much that if I had been wearing my steel toe-capped boots I could quite easily have put my foot through my television (and I would have sent ITV the bill).

The only decent act on the show was the marvellous Justin Timberlake. Thank the Lord for him. Now, that man is a class act.

Cus ‘‘Cussy Boy’’ Goodwin, Sirocco Court, York.

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2:27pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Buzz Light-year says...

Funny but when someone says to me "name some boys who can belt out a tune" Andrew Ridgeley would be one of the last people I would think of.

The glory years of Simon Le Bon?!!

The first letter is a good parody. It says:
"The packaged music product of this age isn't as good as the packaged music product that I grew up with and prefer"

Pop is pop. Commercial music is commercial music. It's as bland today as it ever was. It's supposed to be so it can appeal to the most people possible and make the producers (not the performers) rich.
Rose-tinted specs and fond associated memories of the times don't make it musically better, only in the mind.


Agree about Mumford & Sons tho... like REM doing Smokie covers. Turgid crap.
Funny but when someone says to me "name some boys who can belt out a tune" Andrew Ridgeley would be one of the last people I would think of. The glory years of Simon Le Bon?!! The first letter is a good parody. It says: "The packaged music product of this age isn't as good as the packaged music product that I grew up with and prefer" Pop is pop. Commercial music is commercial music. It's as bland today as it ever was. It's supposed to be so it can appeal to the most people possible and make the producers (not the performers) rich. Rose-tinted specs and fond associated memories of the times don't make it musically better, only in the mind. Agree about Mumford & Sons tho... like REM doing Smokie covers. Turgid crap. Buzz Light-year
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4:03pm Sat 23 Feb 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

Agreed Buzz. What it lacked was Prescott getting soaked or the young Gallagher being offered out by Robbie Williams to collect his just deserts.
Those are things the public might appreciate.
You don't need to watch the X Factor etc, just pop down to the many clubs and pubs locally and you will see plenty of class acts for little or no money.
Support your local musicians, before stage managed TV presentations.
Agreed Buzz. What it lacked was Prescott getting soaked or the young Gallagher being offered out by Robbie Williams to collect his just deserts. Those are things the public might appreciate. You don't need to watch the X Factor etc, just pop down to the many clubs and pubs locally and you will see plenty of class acts for little or no money. Support your local musicians, before stage managed TV presentations. ColdAsChristmas
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4:57pm Sat 23 Feb 13

roclank2000 says...

I also think the letter is a fine parady BUT it could be a serious moan from a late forty something who's forgotten that music evolves, and "call that music" has been the cry of previous generations forever.

Does your granny always tell you that the old songs are the best?
I also think the letter is a fine parady BUT it could be a serious moan from a late forty something who's forgotten that music evolves, and "call that music" has been the cry of previous generations forever. Does your granny always tell you that the old songs are the best? roclank2000
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11:47pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Jam tomorrow says...

Yes; agreed. I could whittle on about the popular people of my era but they are old hat now. Beatles, Stones, ELO, Beach Boys, Oldfield, Elton, Carpenters, Queen, etcetera. Whoa, hang on a minute...
Yes; agreed. I could whittle on about the popular people of my era but they are old hat now. Beatles, Stones, ELO, Beach Boys, Oldfield, Elton, Carpenters, Queen, etcetera. Whoa, hang on a minute... Jam tomorrow
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12:58pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Seadog says...

Bring back the "popular beat combo" - or perhaps "groups with guitars" really have gone out of fashion ...
Bring back the "popular beat combo" - or perhaps "groups with guitars" really have gone out of fashion ... Seadog
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4:58pm Sun 24 Feb 13

pitch bull says...

Time waits for no one; no not even me.....
Time waits for no one; no not even me..... pitch bull
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8:06pm Sun 24 Feb 13

nlone1966 says...

"Dont you want me baaaby? Dont you want me whooooaah-oh-ho-ho"

- Do you hear that? That's the sound Philip Oakey singing the finest lyrics since Bobby Vee's 'Rubber Ball'. He delivers them with conviction. Unlike Beady Eye's Jimmy Gallagher. He's a man who sounds like he's smoked 250 Silk Cut. At least his brother Noel can sing. Unquestionably though both Jimmy and Noel Gallagher have provided the British public with some total hilarities over the years. I particularly enjoyed that time Noel was papped pushing young Jimmy into a baked bean display in Asda. Carnage!!!!

The big question now is who is willing to take the rock n roll baton?

I'll let YOU decide.
"Dont you want me baaaby? Dont you want me whooooaah-oh-ho-ho" - Do you hear that? That's the sound Philip Oakey singing the finest lyrics since Bobby Vee's 'Rubber Ball'. He delivers them with conviction. Unlike Beady Eye's Jimmy Gallagher. He's a man who sounds like he's smoked 250 Silk Cut. At least his brother Noel can sing. Unquestionably though both Jimmy and Noel Gallagher have provided the British public with some total hilarities over the years. I particularly enjoyed that time Noel was papped pushing young Jimmy into a baked bean display in Asda. Carnage!!!! The big question now is who is willing to take the rock n roll baton? I'll let YOU decide. nlone1966
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8:33am Mon 25 Feb 13

MrsHoney says...

Dear me. I do agree that most music these days is rubbish although you managed to pick out 2 bands I do actually like, Mumford and Coldplay. To compare them to Andrew Ridgely though? Seriously? And Spandau Ballet? When I was a teenager in the 80's you'd be embarrassed to listen to either of those. At least bring out Adam Ant or Billy Idol as a comparison.

As for Bon Jovi, I'd rather poke my ears with a long needle.
Dear me. I do agree that most music these days is rubbish although you managed to pick out 2 bands I do actually like, Mumford and Coldplay. To compare them to Andrew Ridgely though? Seriously? And Spandau Ballet? When I was a teenager in the 80's you'd be embarrassed to listen to either of those. At least bring out Adam Ant or Billy Idol as a comparison. As for Bon Jovi, I'd rather poke my ears with a long needle. MrsHoney
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9:56am Mon 25 Feb 13

/kev/null says...

When we do get proper rock stars all the public do is moan. Look at Pete Doherty - he's a perfect specimen - always in and out of court, cancelling gigs because he's all smacked up, shagging models etc. And what does he get for all his hard work? Tabloid condemnation and public disgust.

So now you've got Coldplay. I hope you're pleased with yourselves.
When we do get proper rock stars all the public do is moan. Look at Pete Doherty - he's a perfect specimen - always in and out of court, cancelling gigs because he's all smacked up, shagging models etc. And what does he get for all his hard work? Tabloid condemnation and public disgust. So now you've got Coldplay. I hope you're pleased with yourselves. /kev/null
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3:32pm Mon 25 Feb 13

hustler says...

Keane and Franz Ferdinand - "Hard Rock" ??? Really ???
Keane and Franz Ferdinand - "Hard Rock" ??? Really ??? hustler
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3:49pm Mon 25 Feb 13

nlone1966 says...

The saxophone solo on 'True' by Spandau is one of the most incredible pieces of music over the last 50 years.

Just my opinion.
The saxophone solo on 'True' by Spandau is one of the most incredible pieces of music over the last 50 years. Just my opinion. nlone1966
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4:00pm Mon 25 Feb 13

CynicaloldGit says...

nlone1966 wrote:
The saxophone solo on 'True' by Spandau is one of the most incredible pieces of music over the last 50 years.

Just my opinion.
It will never be a patch on the sax from Hazel O'Connors "Will You"
[quote][p][bold]nlone1966[/bold] wrote: The saxophone solo on 'True' by Spandau is one of the most incredible pieces of music over the last 50 years. Just my opinion.[/p][/quote]It will never be a patch on the sax from Hazel O'Connors "Will You" CynicaloldGit
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4:40pm Mon 25 Feb 13

nlone1966 says...

CynicaloldGit wrote:
nlone1966 wrote: The saxophone solo on 'True' by Spandau is one of the most incredible pieces of music over the last 50 years. Just my opinion.
It will never be a patch on the sax from Hazel O'Connors "Will You"
So you think you know a thing or to about the sax then do you big boy? What about Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street'? I once got slung out of a house party by my ears for playing that cheeky little number on loop. Not spoken to the host in 15 years. Shame as well because we were best mates.
[quote][p][bold]CynicaloldGit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nlone1966[/bold] wrote: The saxophone solo on 'True' by Spandau is one of the most incredible pieces of music over the last 50 years. Just my opinion.[/p][/quote]It will never be a patch on the sax from Hazel O'Connors "Will You"[/p][/quote]So you think you know a thing or to about the sax then do you big boy? What about Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street'? I once got slung out of a house party by my ears for playing that cheeky little number on loop. Not spoken to the host in 15 years. Shame as well because we were best mates. nlone1966
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