It is time for WMC #54
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want“by Soulwax
I may have dismissed Philip Sherburne‘s piece on the current state of beats too quickly in my recent comment.
The piece came my way via Simon Reynolds a couple of days back:
- “Philip Sherburne addresses the malaise in electronic dance culture (i didn’t know the economic side of it had gotten that parlous) and convenes a kind of brain trust to come up with remedies.” —Simon Reynolds
And thus starts Sherburne’s piece:
“Everything feels fucked up. The environment, the economy, war, terrorism, …” —Philip Sherburne 
Regarding the economic side Sherburne says:
- “Still, dance music is suffering from some very real maladies, many of them economic. Record sales are declining– labels that once could confidently move 1,000 copies of a 12″ single now struggle to sell 250– and legal downloads, while presumably growing, aren’t taking up the slack.”
As I said in my comment I find it hard to imagine that beats are going out of fashion.
Witness these beats set to The Stones‘s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want“ remix by Belgian dance-punkers Soulwax. Listen for the choral arrangements by Jack Nitzsche.
Regarding beats going out of fashion from a theoretical point of view.
The beat is a celebration of dance, dance is a celebration of hedonism. Hedonism flourishes in economic booms. Today is an era of poverty. Beats do not fit in poverty. Perhaps. But. Counter example one: the beats of Lindy Hop during Depression America. So evidence inconclusive, but if I had to investigate I would follow the economic boom/malaise route.
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in its original Stones version is WMC #54
This is why I dig you Mr sonic, just like Keynes ” I will change my opinion when presented with new information”
I was more concerned with the manifesto elements and your reaction.
I feel that this is the curse of the chin stroking classes’. Those who care strive to protect or over analyze the source of their pleasure.
Let us be honest, levans/Hardys manifesto would have been ‘snort, suck,drop, spin that disco ball bitch ‘
Is instinct more human, more rational?
“And the beat goes on, just like my love, it’s magic”