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Dan Smith Video Shoot (71)

If pop music’s death rattle is ever recorded, I have no doubt it would be packaged and labeled simply “Robbie Williams- “Rudebox” ” or “U2’s latest, lamentable offering would surely have induced in Van Gogh, an overwhelming desire to hack his remaining ear off, in an act of mercy to spare his senses from further punishment” or even “This is what it would sound like if Beth Ditto found herself trapped inside a telephone box with a hyperactive kangaroo called Mister Roy ”, would all give the reader an insight into how the reviewer felt. Comparisons are also used to contrast a new artist with something familiar, giving the reader a reference point from the past. eg/ ” imagine Debbie Harry in her prime, covered in sugar, wrestling with The Go-Go’s in a vat of honey, yes it’s that sweet”, and I’m certainly not one to buck the trend.

So when I tell you that new artist Dan Smith, sounds like the lovechild of Ben Folds and Tori’s Amos or that if Reina Spektor had a brother, who went to University in Leeds and maybe briefly dated Kate Nash, then Dan Smith would be that brother, you might get a sense of what Dan Smith is about.


2008 has been a strange year, and one I’ll generally be glad to see the back of. I guess in global terms it’ll be defined as the year of Obama and the year those gung-ho laissez-faire capitalists decided that actually state intervention is actually a jolly good idea after all. They think it only fair that whilst profits are privatised, losses really should be socialised. Suddenly the shrill bleating about the mythical “nanny state” or” letting the market decide” from dullards who subscribe to the Daily Mail’s paranoid right wing hysteria has been inexplicably silenced. 2008 has seen the biggest government intervention and nationalisation in recent economic history, purely for the benefit of the rich and the well connected…..

However musically there have been some great moments so without further ado here are The VPME 2008 Awards………