Posts Tagged ‘White Lies’

Another visit to town, another baffling experience in HMV. Just what is the thinking behind the music megastore’s pricing system? 

To illustrate my point, yesterday I bought Killer Sounds by Hard-Fi for a bargain £5.99 while their two previous efforts were set in stone at £10. Reverend & The Makers’ 2007 debut The State Of Things was still lingering at the purse-emptying £15 mark along with White Lies To Lose My Life… in Christmas 2010. There are endless examples to reel off but I shall not bore thou art.

So expensive I want to commit suicide.

It strikes me that some late shift lunatic has been allowed free-reign with a sticker gun, so random and changeable are HMV’s CD prices. 

The worst thing is the lack of consistency and chronology in prices between HMV’s high street and internet shopping. The same two Hard-Fi albums referenced before can be purchased online for £8 with free delivery and not a calorie of energy expended. Bizarrely, The Horrors earliest effort Strange House is £2.50 more expensive than their 2nd sleeve Primary Colours, and is £1.50 dearer than their most recent release Skying. Where is the sense in that? Is it any wonder that record sales have switched so dramatically towards downloads in recent years!? Thank goodness Waterstone’s was never plagued by the pricing travesty during the two stores’ joint ownership. 

Let’s give HMV some credit. Their 2 for £10 offer is like gold dust and gets hoovered up faster than laminate floors. While great for presents, it’s agonising to see an album halved in price the week after you have snapped it up at the cost of 2 hours wages.

You are probably thinking, get real man. Pricing is determined by bulk of stock and customer demand. Common sense and not music should be at the back of your MIND! As the Reverend Jon McClure notes, the music industry is suffering a self-inflicted demise. So bad are the state of things. 

Well, I say [radically], let us start a vinyl revival! Let us blow the cobwebs off our parent’s antique record player. Let us bring back the LP and make the retro trendy once again. 

A kilt-clad Tinie Tempah stole the plaudits at a rainy yet fabulous T in the Park 2011. On what looked a windswept day, Tinie endeared himself to the Scottish faithful by donning the nation’s most famous garment mid-set. Running through successive hits taken off his number 1 debut Disc-Overy, Tinie and his entourage detoured from Wonderman to Written in the Stars via the crowd-thrilling Miami to Ibiza. Calls of “where’s the moshpit” and repeated instructions to “bounce” engaged the audience, inspiring waves of jumping jacks. Most looked ironically spent by the time curtain closer Pass Out arrived. Tempah’s stage presence is energetic and firmly in the same mould as fellow London rapper Mr Rascal. Top marks.

Of the headliners, Foo Fighters take the honours for a sterling performance of pure rock and roll. The Foos – completing a hat-trick of T appearances – were in fine form, arriving on stage early to the delight of the Scottish folk. I want to know what Reggie Yates smelled on Dave Grohl’s breath backstage. Whatever it was, the much-loved frontman dominated the stage with his head-bashing antics reminiscent of a headless chicken.

Elsewhere, Friendly Fires Hawaiian Air banished thoughts of the weather while Chase & Status successfully doubled up from Glastonbury in King Tut’s. White Lies gloomy brand of guitar rock also excited despite ghostly lead singer Harry McVeigh’s adamance on disguising all emotion.

The only lowlights of the weekend for me were Gerard Way’s painfully whiny vocals during MCR’s outing and The Saturdays tragic cover of Aloe Blacc’s I Need a Dollar. Try perfecting your own songs first ladies. Did anyone else think Liam Gallagher’s hat and anorak combo likened him evermore to a scarecrow?

T in the Park continues to be my personal pick of the festivals broadcasted by the BBC. What’s yours?