Morrissey’s irrelevant!?

I like Morrissey as much as the next guy but really he’s getting a little long in the tooth isn’t he? Isn’t there some up and coming UK band that deserves some press and that retains the classic Smiths sound? And don’t tell me The Arctic Monkeys!

Perhaps a band to considor is Cats On Fire. Like Arctic Monkeys they have all their demos online as mp3′s. Unlike Arctic Monkeys there are no NME photogs buzzing around their flats, no bloggers drooling over their every live performance and certainly no Pitchfork crowning them the next big thing. So in terms of career longevity this is all good news for Cats On Fire. Check out the two songs below and I dare you not to love them.

These songs are taken from 2005′s Seelonce Mayday Demos; more songs here.

The Cold Hands Of Great MenThe Smell Of An Artist [Download]

9 Responses to “Morrissey’s irrelevant!?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think there is plenty of room in music for “old” people.

    hat is annoying is when a band comes along that sounds like one from twenty years ago and everyone jumps on it, claps their hands and says…” Yeah, Oh how fresh!”

  2. Greg says:

    Hey…Willie Nelson is practically ancient, so are you gonna call him irrelevant? “Old” does not equal “bad,” nor does “new”=”good.” I think you can promote something new and good without this specious new-old distinction. Also, if you want the “classic Smiths sound,” there’s this great band called The Smiths whose work is widely available in CD & mp3….

    These comments are offered in friendship; your blog is great and I frequent it almost daily. But from my 52-year-old prespective, I think you could dispense with ageist comments.

  3. John says:

    I’m surprised that people are taking these remarks so seriously. It’s not like the post said “older artists are incapable of producing quality music.” I thought the whole thing had sort of a kidding feel (see “long in the tooth”). And reading this blog regularly, I would certainly say that ageism is not an issue; a number of posts are devoted to new work by artists whose work from decades earlier is also discussed in the post. But then I could be wrong. Craig may post a comment after this one that says “Old people suck.” Either way, I think the original post is inoffensive.

  4. Craig says:

    Actually I’m a horrible ageist. Rmember the movie Say Anything when Jon Cusack’s character claims to be an ageist – I totally related to him (also related to him when he said “he didn’t want to sell anything, or make anything or do anything where something is sold or bought”.

    Anyway just trying to see if anyone’s awake out there!?

    Thanks for checking in.

  5. Anonymous says:

    somebody should do a indepth analysis and publish a book or something on how rock music has aged and how in particular rock musicians have aged…

    For instance in my lifetime and the previous poster (52, 43 me) have been with rock music since it’s popular acceptance. We are the first generation in history to of listened to rock at a very early age and have continued to do so through out life.

    literally…this music has been part of our lives for half a century. My earliest memories were of climbing on a ottoman to play “Rubber Soul” over and over again on the motorola console HI-FI.

    I see many, many young people who think they “own” rock, like it is their own. They discover the Buzzcocks or Black Flag and think that they found some obscure band. Then they later find a picture of their dad with blond spiked hair in a black leather motorcycle jacket and boots.

    The big point is..rock music should not preclude any age…it is easy for the young to dismiss the elder just as it is the elder to dismiss the young. I do that all the time. I find the vast majority of “indie-pop” found on many of these blogs to be bland, contrived and lacking any depth…they won’t have any lasting presence until the musicians mature and gather new influences and draw on more knowledge of the past. But I still really enjoy to see local young people putting on shows, writing music and playing gigs…

    The real magic happens when the generations blend old and new sounds, new music. One reason I like The Arctic Monkeys…and yes even the Redwalls, here you have young people with an excellent grounding in the basic sounds of mid 60′s rock…and a extemely expressive medium for great songwriting.

    Then the Flaming Lips…this seemingly in exhaustable supply of newness…from people with significant amounts of grey. Pieceing together snippets of music like a collage that has taken twenty years to construct.

    Elvis Costello and “Monkey to Man” a song I think opened people’s minds to the fact that mature musicians are vitally relevent to today’s music. then the Stone’s monumental super bowl performance. It simply showed people rawking…and yeah they looked really old…but there was no less energy and good old sloppy stones rock.

    I think humanity is just barely tapping the potential of rock music as an artform. Like any art you first have to learn to media. Not just the instruments but how the music constructed and the range of expression offered by various contructs. That is the one unifiying aspect of the music I find on this blog and others like Aqaurium Drunkard, I Guess I’m Floating… There is a similar esthetic of selecting music that has a basis in tradition, history and a pushing of the that tradition forward into new music. The line of music was once broken and I think it is being put backtogether by these blogs. It traces it from early Americana through blues, folk then R&B, soul and garage rock a line that continues through punk, post punk pop, rap, hip-hop, alternative, indie pop, alt-country…there were lots of dead ends along the way, Hair Metal, (any thing with a Van Halen guitar sound) New Wave, Hardcore, Nu-Metal…to name a few. Lots of innovation can lead to success but also to dead end…

    And of course this is all bullshit too. As most rock folk still simply like to get sweatly thrashing what they know in a smokey club until the wee hours to a bunch of drunk kids looking for sex in return for some free beer and a few dollars.

    All I know is it is great time for music and for musicians. Even if they don’t make any money and remain obscure…like me.


    Something to be said for rattling cages…

    Did I just blog within a blog?

  6. Greg says:

    All right — I AM awake. Thanks for not taking my earlier comment wrong. I’ll buy the tongue-in-cheek analysis…. Let’s still be friends and keep up the great work!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Cats on Fire are from Finland.

  8. Anonymous says:

    You know Pfork only gave the Arctic Monkeys a 7.7 right? Not even recommended by them. Hardly the next big thing. Pfork gets a bad rap for no good reason. It’s not like their hyping bands that don’t deserve it.

  9. countrygrrl says:

    this stuff is sssooo boring…god it is awful…give me the monkeys anyday. I normally like all your posts but i think a serious ear wax removal is required!!! even coldplay sound more alive than this lot. It reminds me of karaoke stone roses..sorry ..but i guess that was the whole deal is about..we often love or hate certain series of notes…