gaunty: ska/punk rock v cock-rock


Well early reports suggest that last night’s concert at the O2 by Led Zeppelin was pretty damn good. After 19 years apart you’d expect a little ring-rustiness. But all indications are that it was good enough to take out on the road. Hurrah! I was a little surprised to see Jimmy Page’s shock of white/grey hair and how ironic that the only guy to have lost his hair is Jason Bonham, son of the legendary Zep drummer John Bonzo B. I also can’t help thinking that Robert Plant who in his younger years was as handsomely chiselled as any man ought to be, has become a 10/10 lookie likey for Wurzel Gummidge. But if he can still charm women as attractive as Alison Krauss into the studio, who am I to talk? So universal approval then? Not quite, I just happened to catch the back end of Talksport’s John Gaunt comments this morning rubbishing the whole event.

I missed a lot of his comments but the gist seems to have been that the whole LZ thing was overblown exploitativeness. He reckoned that their influence was not as great as everyone was raving about and that many bands (that he seems to have had some association with or simply liked) were equally important in the history of contemporary music. Well this was a tribute event Gaunty to a man who had a profound effect on their careers so you cannot knock their sentiment I don’t think. Sure they’ve not been slow to use the event as a platform – Plant and Krauss’s new album has been plugged endlessly for example – but this is the music business. And don’t you use the radio programme to plug your new book and column in the Sun Gaunty? Talk about pot and kettle.

I appreciate you had a special affection for the Specials and a host of other bands from the 80’s. The Specials were excellent and cut a swathe for ska fans in this country. But you cannot claim that they were anywhere near as significant in their appeal as LZeppelin, whose IVth album alone sold over 37 million copies. If the Specials reformed tomorrow they’d be very lucky to get a slot at the O2. LZ could have sold out for a fortnight at least.

So I don’t think the massive interest has been cynically manipulated and non-genuine. There has long been a huge interest in seeing whether they could ever do it again. We never got the chance to see whether the Beatles were up for it and never will now of course. At least we know with the Zep. Why can’t you just appreciate the moment?

pp

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3 thoughts on “gaunty: ska/punk rock v cock-rock

  1. I totally agree with all your comments regarding Jon Gaunt, I find the man abusive towards those who disagree with his views, not to mention his own ongoing self promotion, plus his belief that he deserves upgrading when he travels.

    I remember JG bleating on every morning telling listeners about his three Sony Awards, that was until Alan Brazil and others started ridiculing him. I imagined his awards to be highly polished every day and neatly positioned between the front window pane and the net curtain.

    However, Jon Gaunt’s most annoying comment is “When I need advice from you regarding broadcasting…….!”. I envisage a believe in the head of the man that he is the true reincarnation of Richard Dimbleby as far as broadcasting is concerned.

    Due to the current sad demise of Coventry City FC, at times I find great joy in imagining JG watching the home matches (he rarely travels away)standing on the executive wooden box next to the current Chairman/MD.

  2. top stuff m.

    i was beginning to think he was a massive popular hero and i was alone in thinking him to be sensationalist for the sake of the ratings. that’s at least two of us who find him offensively opinionated from time to time.

    i also think he does Cov C a disservice by whooping and hollering their high profile wins (and totally ignoring the losses) and by so much sycophancy towards the Board – who landed CC in all this mire.

    thanks for checking in m
    pp

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