You do know Bob Lefsetz, right? This aging curmudgeon somehow commands the attention of the entire music industry, having only "officially" worked in the biz for a single year in the 1980s, when he was employed by a UK-based management company that handled W.A.S.P. (If you wanna learn more about Bob and his ALL CAPS-laden e-mail screed, the "Lefsetz Letter," check out this in-depth Washington Post profile. Just remember, you can't un-read it.)
Anyway, Bob has a lot to say, and some of it even makes sense. He's been on quite the tear today (one of his posts opens with "Neil Young is a scumbag"), but the entry that grabbed me by the boo-boo was his tirade comparing U.S. automakers' woes to those of the major labels. Here's the money graf:
Bob goes on to say that the American car industry is preoccupied with superficiality and cosmetics, much like the looks-obsessed mainstream music industry. "Who gives a shit if the act is ugly if they can record 'Satisfaction'
or 'Crazy?'" he asks. "What kind of fucked up world do we live in where Paris
Hilton gets a record deal?"
Although Bob has been annoying me lately with his loud-talking endorsements of über-lame shitpop acts like Jack's Mannequin (their name is nearly as horrible as their music), he occasionally speaks Truth. Which is why I've stayed my mouse from clicking "unsubscribe."