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I don't want my MTV

Gazette staff December 14th, 2011

This time of year, music geeks across the nation are abuzz over one thing and one thing only: year-end lists.

We need them to provoke discussion: Who did Stereogum snub? Is Pitchfork pushing chillwave too hard? Why isn’t the new Hinder anywhere to be found?

But one critic at MTV News, a certain James Montgomery (@positivnegativ, for those who like to send nasty messages on Twitter) swiped Oklahoma City as he compared punctuation-challenged psych rockers Portugal. The Man to our own Flaming Lips:

“It is quite possible to argue Portugal. The Man may be the new Flaming Lips, especially if you’ve ever caught them live (and since the Lips seem content to simply embed songs inside human skulls these days). They are both from spots firmly off the musical map (Wasilla, Alaska, and Oklahoma City, respectively).”

Seriously? We got compared to Sarah Palin’s hometown for being musically backwater?

This is war, MTV! Also, have you ever tried embedding a song inside a human skull? We at CFN assure you, it’s anything but simple.

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12.14.2011 at 08:33 Reply

Wait, MTV still covers music?  I thought it was non-stop "realtiy" TV (Do I need to explain why that's in quotes).  

I remember when Dire Straits "I want my MTV" actually meant wanting to watch music videos.  Maybe I'm just an old fuddy duddy, but me thinks perhaps they should have changed their name to "The Vaccuous Irrelevent Television Network" about 15 years ago.

So, don't take it personally when the "Music TV" takes a dig at Oklahoma, and remind yourself that their comprehension in what they profess to know is only relevent to people who are too stupid to realize their network can't live up to it's own name.