August 23, 2006

The Upper Room in mistreatment shocker!

Perhaps you read my growling post about Radio 1's treatment of The Upper Room. So did Jim, guitarist from The Upper Room, so he sent me this note:

Hey, thanks for the attention on your site and your kind support. Here's a copy of a reply I posted on our forum today. Please don't feel as if if you should use it, although there was honestly no intention to give the impression we were tailoring our new sound for any kind of mass market!

It seems there's been a bit of a misunderstanding...We were planning our new sound a long time before we found out Radio 1 wouldn't play us! We actually found out just as we were putting the finaltouches to the new song. "Tailoring" a sound for Radio 1 would be nigh on impossible anyway. The main intention of the new recordings is to make them sound as live as we can, playing a take from start to finish with minimal editing and punching, focusing on the mood of the performance over the slickness of the production. This makes far more sense musically to us and will hopefully carry our music through the fickle and myopic fashion trends (to which certain radio stations are quite definitely party to...) which can date music as quickly as they can make it popular. We hope you like it!
Cheers, Jim
The Upper Room

I'll say it if he won't: Radio 1's programmers are a bunch of fucktards. Here is their playlist with some good stuff and some crap. Guillemots over TUR? I don't think so!

5 comments:

countpopula said...

Hey there...I really like that Guillemots CD! There's some really beautiful stuff there (like "Little Bear", "If the World Ends"), and "We're Here" brought a tear to my eye on first hearing--always moving and shifting to higher levels. Too bad there aren't more pop groups that aspire to that level of transcendence.

Paul said...

boo, i want the upper room to email me :) I missed half the magic numbers for them at v and they were bloody marvelous. well both were, but i now adore the upper room live. i can't remember when anyone cool last listened to radio one...

Samuel said...

You know, everytime I have ever listened to Radio 1, it has just been urban 'shake yo' booty' song after song.

Or, that bloody annoying dimwit that is Chris Moyles.

How I love XFM in the morning (quietly: of course)!

xolondon said...

Don't feel bad Paul, the ORIGINAL supporter of The Upper Room, because it's a polite email that basically says "your theory is a crock!" :) LOL So if Upper Room Jim reads this, I owe my love of you to Paul above. He has his own great blog!

Paul said...

i was only teasing ;) Their new song Bad Luck does rock though... they are heading out on tour again soon so am hoping they pop through Birmingham...