Russell Brand speaks sense. It's important that people recognise this, because it would be so easy to dismiss him. He's a comedian, therefore he masks a lot of his own serious emotions and insecurities in self-ridicule and jokes.
"Stop putting a dollar (pound) sign in front of everything"...said Bill Hicks during one of his stand up gigs. David Cameron by contrast decided that he would deploy the ying to the Bill Hicks' yang, when he stated that the BFI should fund more "commercially successful pictures".
What Bill Hicks said was 'let me tell you something right now, you can print this in stone and don't you ever forget it, any performer who ever sells a product on television is for now and all eternity removed from the artistic world'. Bill Hicks was wrong. There, I said it.
Music and advertising; there's been lots of chat about Bill Hicks of late and his bit about how artists who advertise are no longer artists but he famously talks about how artists who promote brands are basically, and there's no nice way of putting this, sucking Satan's glans.