August 12, 2006

Radio 1 to The Upper Room: Go fuck yourselves!



Radio 1 have told The Upper Room to give up on their debut album - they refuse to play it. Read this note from bandmember Jim:

As for the new single.....basically Radio 1 won't play anything of ours off the album. We plugged Kill Kill Kill and Never Come Back and they won't touch them so it's left us in a bit of a quandry! (I guess they'd rather stick with the Feeling and Orson).... so anyway we've written a brand new track called "Bad News". It's quite a diversion from our usual stuff and we're hoping you guys will get it. If not don't worry, there'll be plenty of stuff coming along in the months to come. Try checking out some of the B-sides on iTunes if you haven't already (shameless plug!!).
Not sure if the slam against those other bands was warranted, but what a shitty world we live in. Terrorism and Upper Room bannings! Recently, I think on the PopJustice podcast, Neil Tennant lashed out at radio and TV programmers who think they are taste arbiters. Bravo Neil! The Upper Room deserve to be heard. This taste arbiter says FUCK RADIO 1!

Anyway, it does make me wonder if they are changing their style in order to appease Radio 1. Do they have a guarantee the new song will be played? The whole thing smacks of Clear Channel in America - a thuggish, payola driven corporate entity which supports moralist conservatives while shoving Pussycat juice down our throats.

So, for your pleasure and instruction, two beautiful pop songs you will not be hearing on the radio...

The Upper Room Kill Kill Kill expired
The Upper Room Never Come Back expired.. .just like this band

4 comments:

Paul said...

oh i am so sad to read that :( I love the upper room as well you know... but must note alex that there is nothing wrong with radio one playing the feeling :) But the rest of the letter and your post is absolutely right. i would hate for them to change their sound which i adore just to get on radio fucking one? Which has crap audience figures now anyway...

J'ason D'luv said...

I love how Neil slammed Radio 1 on their even though Radio 1 added "Minimal" to their playlist... which is like the first PSB song since "Go West" to be played by them. Good for Neil for sticking to his uppity guns.

xolondon said...

I HEART Neil Tennant, to be teenagerish about it.

torr said...

radio1, man, what a bunch of fucktards. Oh well, at least The Upper Room get played on Radio 2 and/or 6 Music, right?