New Shoes

Reflecting on Lily Allen’s song The Fear made me wonder what other recent songs could be considered ode’s to consumerism or indeed contain some critique. One that came to mind was Paolo Nutini’s New Shoes with it’s line: “ Hey, I put some new shoes on and suddenly everything is right” Something wrong in your life? Then what you need to do is buy something new and it will all change. That is essentially the basic message of most product advertising. It’s quite a claim. ANy other suggestions?

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The Fear

Engaging with culture is important and that means pop culture too. While driving the other day I switched on the radio and caught a line of a Lily Allen song that made me listen to the whole thing.It’s a clever song, it’s both a consumer anthem and biting, savage critique of consumer culture. This line stood out “And I am a weapon of massive consumption and its not my fault it’s how I’m program to function” The media say we’re living in a consumer culture, our pop singers say we…

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Let the Music Play

I’ve slowing been adding my CD collection to iTunes on my laptop and the project is now complete. Somehow over the past say 15 years I’ve amassed 218 albums that would take me a total of 7.9 days to listen to and takes up 10.58GB of space. 218 albums is about 14 a year or just over one a month. Actually, I’ve not bought all those and before you chasten me for stealing, I was sent a fair number to review – most of the Christian music came to me…

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