because a really arrogant private school girl i know (who later went to Durham lol) loved them plus they were posh as hell but dressed up like they werent also guitarist has said some mega dumb shit plus they suck
Winston Aubrey Aladar deBalkan Marshall was born in Wandsworth, London, on 20 December 1987,[a] to Sir Paul Marshall, a British tycoon and co-founder of the Marshall Wace hedge fund, and Sabina de Balkany, from a genteel European Jewish family. He has a sister, singer/songwriter Giovanna. His mother is French, and his maternal grandmother was property tycoon Molly de Balkany, one of the first female property developers in France; Marshall's maternal great-uncle was the billionaire developer and collector Robert Zellinger de Balkany [fr]. Through Robert's marriages, Marshall's great-aunts include Genevieve François-Poncet, daughter of André François-Poncet, and Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy. Molly and Robert were the children of Hungarian-Romanian businessman Aladar Zellinger, with the family relocating to France after World War II; they added "de Balkany" to the name upon arrival in France. Marshall has said that thirteen members of his family "were murdered in [...] the Holocaust", and that his maternal grandmother was a survivor. Marshall was educated at St Paul's School, an independent school in London. In 2010, The Guardian wrote that "there's [nothing] inherently wrong with musicians being privately educated. It's just a bit grating when one of them insists on going by the name "Country" Winston Marshall".
Marshall is interested in the books of the Canadian professor of psychology Jordan Peterson, and invited Peterson to Mumford & Sons' studio in 2018, with Peterson sharing a photograph of them together on social media. When asked about his involvement with Peterson, who has been a controversial figure, Marshall told CBC Radio: "I don't think [Peterson's] psychology is controversial, but the quasi-political stuff... I think it's a conversation we're having a little bit as a band and, do we want to get into the political stuff?" Later in 2018, Marshall told NME that he "[thinks] everyone should read widely. If you read something, work out who's got the opposite opinion and read that guy so you can form your own ideas." In the same interview, both Marshall and Mumford opined that musicians should not talk about politics, and said that they did not like being asked about politics, with Marshall telling the magazine:
I have a little bit of frustration with the politicising of music. I don't mind when artists are political, but I think politics is fucking complicated. It's different from three years ago when we were doing promo for Wilder Mind – we weren't ever asked about politics. People didn't care, but now everyone's got a fucking opinion. Everything is, "Politics this, politics that". It's a massive change.
On 7 July 2022 he was a guest on the BBC's political programme Question Time, discussing the resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson which had been announced that day.
moron country. who the fuck let him on question time lol
Van Morrison is also more right-wing nutjob than corporate stooge, but I could easily see half the frontbench lounging out to Astral Weeks so will add him
Think the only major presence RATM have had in the UK in the last however many years was when they were sent to Christmas #1 in protest against the X Factor in 2009 - our political branding tends to be a lot less aggro
“We were playing a festival in Dublin the other week.There was this other group, like, warming up in the next sort of chalet, and they were terrible. I said, ‘Shut them c***s up!’ And they were still warming up, so I threw a bottle at them."
-Mark E smith on Mumford and Sons
also damn really surprised by how many votes their first album has here, expected them to have a couple hundred at most. guessing im forgetting how horrendously popular and ubiquitous they were
im still occasionally plagued by nightmares from when Kings of Leon were on the radio all day every day
we should also do a neoliberal music thread - talking heads, radiohead, hmm coldplay perhaps. pearl jam? like you see a bumper sticker that says "BLUE NO MATTER WHO" and you can just barely make out 1979 by smashing pumpkins as you pass them for going 50 in a 60
"we should also do a neoliberal music thread - talking heads, radiohead, hmm coldplay perhaps. pearl jam? like you see a bumper sticker that says "BLUE NO MATTER WHO" and you can just barely make out 1979 by smashing pumpkins as you pass them for going 50 in a 60"
lol yes the Neoliberalism Is Kinda Working Okay For Me list needs to happen, but that's less of a corporate demographic. needs Arcade Fire, Bjork, a heap of shoegaze, the Beach Boys and everything Steven Wilson
At least we get to complain about Labour for the next few years as the Tories are done - and complain we all will because the country is broke and the same centrist policies are going to derp just like the existing ones.
This country is less likely to have a populist like Trump get in, Corbyn got nowhere and Suella just got kicked to the kerb. There’s about a 10% difference between any electable politician in the UK, it’s not something to get excited about really.
Only found out Truss got rolled this February, initially being utterly perplexed why I was reading so much about Sunak in this guardian magazine (...) I picked up at Berlin (...) airport, and anyway that is the kind of political detachment that should be aspired to. Now I've returned to being UpToDate and Online I'm significantly more miserable
Cameron has previously publicly declared his love for The Smiths, which led to Labour-supporting guitarist Johnny Marr to later tweet: “David Cameron, stop saying that you like The Smiths, no you don’t. I forbid you to like it.” fairs but I'm with Marr, all my left wing friends listen to the Smiths
'there's an old story about David Cameron repping the Smiths on (iirc) Desert Island Discs and Johnny Marr blowing off steam at him in response
looks like he also quoted them (slightly incorrectly) at some point in PMQs too'
doesnt stewart lee have a story about going to uni with david cameron and cameron asking him to book bands for some party?? i feel like i remember this because its been confirmed cameron is into that era