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Muscles is gonna have no friends called Richard soon

October 26, 2008


I can’t say that I have much time for Muscles. I did buy Guns Babes Lemonade about a year ago and gave it a few listens. Unfortunately it seems all this guy can do to compose a song is get a 4/4 beat and some fuzzy synths. And then repeat this formula with all the other songs on the album trundling along at the same BPM. Oh and not to forget that he seems to just shout rather than sing his 4 lines of lyrics over and over again. Kudos to him for finding an audience who likes that kind of thing though.

Despite this, I found myself befriending him on myspace because I did meet him once – and anyways, he seemed to be a nice guy (although I am sure he doesn’t remember me at all). I was surprised to this little bulletin on my few perusals of my myspace homepage today though (copied and pasted for your pleasure as this rant will not be online as of tomorrow):
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70% of my music collection is from independent bands and artists who slug it out and work hard for themselves with very little monetary return because they LOVE music so much.

As a self-taught recording artist Muscles I write, record and produce all Muscles Music by myself.

I am self managed. I do not have a manager.

I created and operate all Muscles Music related websites,

musclesmusic.net

muscleswebshop.com

and my new blog,

musclesmusicblog.com

(blog that includes behind the scenes/equipment i’m using/fashion/lifestyle/industry advice and COOL things to check out)

As well as running my own myspace/last.fm and everything else out there like my official forum too.

I do not have a Publisher, which means you will NEVER hear my songs on a TV ADVERTISEMENT anytime soon.

Recently Myspace has updated their new Music Player, and it looks so amazing and smooth but,

They’ve just done a deal with the 4 BIGGEST RECORD LABELS in the world, to SHARE PROFITS of ADVERTISING REVENUE that myspace brings in everytime you CLICK on my page and your own.

This is a positive step forward for the industry BUT 90% of artists/bands in the world are signed to dodgy recording contracts, which means that the :

ARTISTS/BANDS/TALENT will NOT be getting paid if you PURCHASE music through the new MYSPACE STORE (that goes to amazon mp3)

They are launching the new music player soon, UNTIL they MAKE CLEAR their FAIR DEAL for independent musicians, (MUSICIANS WHO KNEW HOW TO PROMOTE THEMSELVES ON THE INTERNET 10 YEARS AGO), I cannot be apart of this money-driven trash community it has now become (as fun as it may be).

It used to be about the music, but now all I see is pictures of LINDSAY LOHAN everytime I login and it MAKES ME SICK IN MY STOMACH! She is an actor, a puppet, and personally I couldn’t give a fuck about her personal life.

The constant popping up of “LILY ALLEN or KATY PERRY or MILEY CYRUS or AMY WHINEHOUSE‘attention seeking’ blogs are INFURIATING!

[although you know what WAS cool, did anyone see the DEATH RACE animation movie ad thing, they did it when you logged in a couple months ago? THAT WAS COOL!]
Listen to that LCD Soundsystem song that goes, “Read all the pamphlets and watch the tapes!”,

KNOW WHERE THE FOOD YOU CONSUME COMES FROM!

Be INTERESTED in why websites like MYSPACE exist for FREE.

Myspace began as an incredible social networking tool, and fantastic resource for UNDERGROUND MUSIC, but now if INDEPENDENT MUSICIANS are shoved out of the new MYSPACE MUSIC DEAL,

Muscles as a musician will be leaving myspace forever.

IF YOU SAY STUPID THINGS LIKE,

“oh i can’t like your music anymore man, cause you don’t have a myspace”,

THEN DON’T LISTEN TO MY MUSIC.

go back and listen to my debut album again,
GUNS BABES LEMONADE and then you might understand what Muscles is really all about.

see you all soon, or not, i don’t really care about myspace anymore.

ALL I CARE ABOUT IS WRITING QUALITY MUSIC FOR YOU

I’VE NEARLY FINISHED a NEW ALBUM and putting together an INCREDIBLE NEW LIVE SHOW!

this might be the smartest or stupidest thing i’ve ever done, but i’m willing to take this risk.

MUSCLES

musclesmusic.net

ps. check out this website, it talks about the future of the music industry

pps. GET OFF THE COMPUTER AND GO OUT TO SEE YOUR FAVOURITE BANDS LIVE NOW!

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Now ignoring the fact that Muscles obviously has a bit of an obsession with CAPS, underlining words, and putting things in bold, there’s the little matter of being a bit hypocritical.

So – he thinks:
‘attention seeking’ blogs are INFURIATING!.

Yet he states about his own words about his own “blog” (musclesmusicblog.com just in case you missed it…) that it: “includes behind the scenes/equipment i’m using/fashion/lifestyle/industry advice and COOL things to check out”.

Ummm… you see the problem here Mr Muscles?

In addition to this, he kind of semi argues about the fact that the 4 major record companies have made deals with myspace regarding the amount of revenue they get when people click on any advertising anywhere on the site. Yet, if you head to myspace.com you will see an ad for Modular’s latest competition (which seems to be affiliated with myspace as well) about crashing a formal or some sort of crap like that (this is at the time of writing).

Now if you’re wondering what that has to do with this blog post and the wall of text you see above, then well you’d need to know that Modular is the current label Muscles is on. It’d be interesting to see what the big wigs at Modular think of Muscles’ “rant” about the trashbag machine myspace has created.

In a sense I suppose we all saw this coming eventually, knowing that the social networking site has been sold to Murdoch and co. Muscles may be one of many artists feeling disgruntled. But wouldn’t this be biting the hand that feeds? Myspace has literally spawned and spurred the careers of many artists and allowed the growth of musicians through fanbases and not by some big push in by industry folk like back in the 80’s.

In some ways I think that Muscles has a point here in deleting his myspace, but really to me, he’s just being (or becoming) a churn in the mechanical machine of record companies without him knowing it. I suppose he needed to get his frustrations out somehow, even though it seems to be all over the place in the form of a myspace bulletin.

I shan’t post links as there’s enough in Muscles’ rant to tide you over. Although the ladies at Movestill seem to have an interesting point about it all. Check that post out.

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