October 13th, 2007


one of those weeks

It has been, as the title suggests, one of those weeks. Work has been insane (and I mean literally insane - some of the people involved really need some kind of psychiatric intervention) the flat is still barely habitable for most right-thinking people, and halfway through the week I succumbed to one of those bugs/bad sausage rolls which shackle you to the lavatory for extended periods of your life.
But there was still joy this week, as I discovered that they've issued a Be Bop Deluxe collection. I doubt that anyone remembers Be Bop Deluxe, but for a brief period in the late 70s they were a big thing over here and, like Family and Tangerine Dream and Rush and Genesis and many others they formed part of the soundtrack of my adolesence and I'm bowled over to be able to listen to them again. They were, like many of the `progressive' bands of that era, guilty of shameless self-indulgence, but I've always thought that `Sister Seagull' was one of the great lost classic rock tracks and I never thought I'd hear it again. I am, as they say, happy as a hog in a wallow to discover that it's been reissued.
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For reasons which will become evident, I'm in two minds whether or not to post this. I actually think it's wrong to give this story legs when the person involved really needs to drop back into anonymity.
But... But...
I think this raises issues of integrity and I'd welcome your opinions. If you think I should delete the post, I will.

I was looking at Boing Boing this evening when I found this, which links to this article here.
After I read the article, which troubled me greatly, I went back to the discussion on Boing Boing and I found a link to this, which articulated my concerns about the original LA Weekly article a great deal better than I could myself.

Whatever the nuts and bolts of the situation, I don't think it was right for Josh Olson to write that article. If you have a friend and they've done something silly and you've helped them out, you do not then go on to write a newspaper piece about it.

Any thoughts?
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