Friday, September 14, 2007
The best argument I've heard against downloading music for free...
...is the new Volvo ad featuring Stephen Merritt (of The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, Future Bible Heros, The Gothic Archies, etc.) reduced to singing "The Wheels of the Bus" with new lyrics. We're talking the Cole Porter of the age, one of the greatest (and most prolific - I think only Bob Pollard of GBV releases more) songwriters living, singing "The power tail gate goes up and down, up and down, up and down" while a happy family drives thru the mountain in muted Nick Drake Pink Moon colours.
Merritt occasionally performs live, but is first and foremost a 'recording' artist and the decline in CD sales must be hitting him hard.