We live in a mainstream world of music where chances are not taken and everyone makes happy stuff that isn’t going to challenge you. That’s what you’re led to believe if you only listen to what they want you to listen to. 6music offered us an alternative to the dirge of Radios One and Two when it launched in 2002… Their definition of alternative doesn’t leave a lot to the imagination these days… Too scared to take real chances, too scared to lose listeners by playing something really alternative, and not allowed to play protest music or anything director-general Tim Davie doesn’t approve of.
This leaves a sewer full of shit that your average “alternative” radio listener will never hear. They’ll never get the opportunity to like or dislike something. The late great John Peel is lauded by all and sundry, yet he was the last national network DJ who regularly played challenging material. I used to turn off his show sometimes, hating something he played, yet that was the reason I listened to Peel, it was challenging, and rewarding.
Sorry, rant over (there’s a few DJs on ‘provincial’ radio playing cool stuff)… Bangor’s Skinflick has been swimming in that proverbial sewage since the dawn of sewers and when they could have reached for the stars, they instead reached for their dicks. You’ll not hear this album on national radio, nor do they care if you do or do not… This is their subculture, their darkened corner of industrial despair. This is where angels (and Tim Davie) fear to tread… Come hither children, Skinflick wants to show you some dead puppies.
‘We Could Have Reached For The Stars But We Reached For Our Dicks’ is out today on Bandcamp.