- May 31, 1998Hello to the list,
I've also just joined - there are some interesting discussions going on! I have
been a keen (obsessive?) music collector for 30 years and have never really
considered the male/female bias. It seems to me that women get reasonable
exposure only when recording vocals - many women singers achieve huge success
particularly in "popular" music, but also in jazz circles. It's a different
story though for instrumental music of any type for some reason.
I love Wire, and have read it for many years. It has opened my ears to many
musicians I have never previously heard of, but one thing has always annoyed
(amused?) me - why is it that every year in the January issues when the "best"
records of the last year are listed, the magazine seems to lose its nerve and
opt for well-known/currently cool artists. 1995 we had the vastly overrated
Tricky as best record followed by A guy Called Gerald and Scott Walker. 1996 was
Tortoise and Nearly God - last year was Robert Wyatt. I'm not saying these are
bad records - it just seems so out of character with the rest of the year's
reviews and editorials.
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