Pop world 2013. The Prime Minister David Cameron sells off the NHS while the press mourn the split of TV show X-Factor’s runners up JLS. The news pretty much ignores the privatisation of the country’s most cherished service but seek Cameron for a quote on a multi millionaire footballer biting another multi millionaire footballer. Whilst still awaiting an heir apparent to the throne of the late John Peel, the BBC appoint Edith Bowman her own show on 6music. An appointment based not on musical knowledge or passion, but on an ability to be inoffensive. The news of the come backs of the groups M People and Texas coincide with the news of the closure of Bristol’s The Croft and London’s Bull and Gate. As Flavor Flav once opined, these are some serious times we are living in G.
Thank goodness for the artistic, the brave and the life affirming. Thank fuck for The Fireworks. A four piece involving the thinking parts of Big Pink Cake, Pocketbooks and The Wedding Present, they could perhaps be forgiven for resting on their laurels. Not a bit of it. The Fireworks music is heart soaringly free of restraints and triumphantly fuzzy and uplifting.
The band revises the spirit of C86 and Sarah Records and dancing and laughing and loving to combat the ignorant, the elitist and the plain bad. This is, I think, the perfect time to create and inspire. Like The Fireworks, we can tackle the constant stream of bad news on TV and the papers, the venues of our best days closing without our permission and the bands we adore splitting up. We can soar over the apathetic, the bigoted and the small minded. Bands like The Fireworks prove that cheap and nasty is always, always, always, always better than expensive and nice. This is the time to form that band, write that blog, print that fanzine promote that pop show and release that record. The world needs you and your input. Love, laugh, listen. Create, inspire, network. Unite and take over.