Originally Posted by MuppetFace
I've noticed a pattern with regards to pioneering artists of a particular genre. Usually said artist will help to "invent" a new genre, but then in an interview disavow doing anything to merit the new genre distinction. They claim they were just working on the fringes of a preexisting genre. I suppose the process is something like cellular mitosis. Eventually something buds off into a distinct entity once it reaches the point of no return.
I'm reminded of Pere Ubu, who gets credited with inventing the "avant garde" music genre. Apparently they meant it as a joke originally when asked what genre they played.
I guess I should be ashamed to admit I like some of Ubu's early 2000s stuff more than the original records. Pennsylvania gets heavy rotation and the opening track is going to be one of my test numbers when the TF10 arrives. I think it's because sometime in the late 80s David Thomas figured, sod it, let's try regular tempos for a while, and stuck with it. Although the Datapanik... box remains on my wishlist. Should get around to buying that soon.
I also love him dearly for reissuing 15.60.75's first album, which I had on vinyl, which was destroyed in a flood, and I despaired of ever hearing it again. Sounds totally unlike any David Thomas project but still obviously originating from the same place and time.
I'm only slightly familiar with The Mighty Boosh. Only thing I can recall is something taking place in a panel truck, and a bear wanted them to play something on a cassette tape... or something? It was weird and hilarious and I'm missing out on something, I suspect.
Anyway. Genres. Yes. (slow sip of brandy, relaxes in overstuffed chair) Genres are not necessarily the construction of the artists, but as much or more often coined by those observing them. As a creator, you usually start in a particular realm and try establishing your style in it, and hey presto if you're any good you've either extended it or created something else entirely. To go about doing A New Thing in a deliberate and self-conscious way doesn't necessarily lead to interesting new things.