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On November 11 4Music posted an interview with Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots.
The final question: Your song Stuck On Repeat has a strong cult following amongst your fans. Do you plan to release it on CD at some point?
The sarcasm is dripping off that quote, which is an obvious bullshit answer. There are plenty of fans who thought Stuck On Repeat was a hit single, me included, partly because it's similar to Donna Summer's classic I Feel Love. Play it. NO ONE suggested that an 8 minute version go to radio. That is idiotic. Peter Robinson, the respected pop music journalist, said he did not think Stuck On Repeat should be a single and clearly the "powers that be" felt the same way.
Yeah, basically the head of Radio 1 said an eight-minute edit of Stuck on Repeat would be perfect, they'd love to put it on the A List. So to all those people who sit on pop forums who don't know anything about pop campaigns and sit dissecting other people's pop campaigns, yeah, I think an eight and a half minute edit would be played on radio and it will be a No. 1... You can go and buy a vinyl. That song is two years old now, it's not relevant to release it now. It's done its job. I think that there are a lot of people who are quite deluded about what hit songs can be.
While it is true that it's pointless to second guess mistakes made with Little Boots' promotion - the worst being the lack of identity and her crap, almost offensive debut video (which is hard to find on youtube)- artists should be lucky in 2009 to have fans arguing over minutiae of their career on forums like PopJustice. That's part of being a pop star.
Victoria's album (Hands) is a very good piece of electropop, no doubt about it. She, however, is like one of those evil blond kids in Children of the Corn. Her sense of entitlement has revealed itself in interviews she's given where she seems wanly uninterested (see how she responded to Chartrigger), a story from another musician about her rudeness toward other artists (via not following rules at a showcase), etc. The fact that she has no strong persona in pop makes this worse because then the story, fair or not, becomes what this post is about: She ain't nice.
Ultimately you are what you put out verbally as well as musically, so if you put out anger/ resentment/ tension, it will be fairly associated with you. We all know that the world's most famous living pop star (Madonna) is notoriously cranky and unkind, but we love her anyway for 25 years of brilliant music and occasional humanity along the way.
To be able to earn a living wage from music in 2009 is a privilege. Ask anyone trying to get the exposure Victoria Hesketh was handed on a plate. There are musicians more talented, smarter and wiser than her who've not found record deals. The same success-too-soon thing happened to Adele and she survived it with grace. How any artist manages their careeer/talent is their own decision. Fans did not make Victoria's music - that is her achievement - but, at the end of the day, supporters matter. How she treats other people, including interviewers at 4Music, matters as much as how fans treat her.
She plans to launch Hands in the US next year. Should be interesting.