Uncut Editor's Diary

'The Umberto Eco View Of Oasis. . .'

Allan Jones

There have been a couple of comments on my last post, written in response to Jeff Tweedy’s comments about Babyshambles in the current issue of Uncut.

Eoin is surprised by my passion for Pete Doherty and wonders if I’m being sarcastic. I’m not, for reasons I’ve hopefully explained. You know, the more I listen to Down In Albion, the more I am baffled by a lot of what’s been written about it and get especially narked by dismissive comments about Mick Jones’ production, which sounds fine to me.

It also sounds great to Aniqah Choudrhri. “Thank you for everything you’ve written about Babyshambles,” she writes in an email to me. “I agree that Down In Albion was criminally underrated – it made my day when you gave it the credit it deserves.”

Aniqah also sent me this YouTube link, which is absolutely hilarious and worth a couple of minutes of your time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quba72Xli8o

I’m off shortly to see Wilco at Shepherd’s Bush Empire – John was there last night and has just posted a review on his Wild Mercury Sound blog – and more on that tomorrow.


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