I would tell you more about him, but don't worry his own articles give his life story in excruciating detail so I don't need to. He has written an article for the Rolling Stone SA about the local music industry. This is what we think about it:
This is a revolting article.
This is of value "local is not lekker, lekker is lekker" and the seperate charts for SA music.
The rest is garbage and probably explains who 5fm really are in the modern South African musical world, the first half of the article is a description of how awesome and relevant our esteemed author is. Followed by advertisements for himself and his employer. Not only that but it was also written BY THE AUTHOR! If the Editor had written an "about the author" piece then cool, that is what should be written, but no this drivel was written by Jon Savage about himself!
Then we get to the real crux of what he is saying, which is that South African music doesn't cut it in any environment because "local is lekker" stagnated our music.
I disagree, I think that a lot of local music is kak and that a lot of "local" music is kak everywhere else in the world too. However his broad statement that ALL local music is kak, well that smacks of an idiot who doesn't do his research, doesn't actually go out and see bands, doesn't embrace the music scene enough to actually make a statement regarding it.
This the man who says "And I'm as opinionated as hell. I just can't help myself."
WOW well fucking done, well done Jon you have an opinion. So with your massive opinion (of yourself) as well as on music. How many songs that you actually like do you play on your radio show? This leaves 2 possible answers:
A: all the songs you play on your show you love, in which case you are just like every other piece of kak in the machine that you work for.
B: you play some tracks you like and the rest 5fm put on a little disc for you to rehash every 25 minutes.
The bold statement about your opinion is defunct and invalid if you are not allowed to have an opinion on what represents you on the radio, and that is the music. So if you are a big fan of all that international bullshit that is played in 5fm then shut the hell up about local music.
Then lets get to " 5FM – SA's national youth station" IT DOES NOT represent the youth, NO ONE represents the youth on Radio.
finally a list of bands you should actually listen to before you say local is crap:
To hire a nurse.
The Black Cat Bones.
The Brother Moves On.
Black Pimp'n Jesus.
Jet Black Camaro.
Eyes Like Mirrors.
Mr Cat and the Jackal.
Death Valley Blues Band.
now bar 2 of those, they are all Jhb bands. There is still the rest of the country to go through. Come on Jon.
COME ON DUDE!
go listen to that stuff, then tell us SA music hasn't developed. Sure the kak they want you to play on 5fm is shitty prime circle rock circa 1995. I get that, but there is more dude.
there is more.