16/11/2011 09:44 GMT | Updated 16/01/2012 05:12 GMT

Read This Before Pop Music Dies...


This will only be a very short blog (mercifully, I'm sure some of you feel) inspired by the hideously insipid, unimaginative and plain flimsy state of the pop charts.

As I said in my last post, music is at its all time lowest state, with pretend dance and fake urban tunes plus meaningless lyrics and no groove clogging up our charts like a festering turd in the u-bend of a public latrine.

Rihanna and David Guetta's We Found Love is horrible. Flo Rida's Good Feeling is worse. Usher and (you guessed it) David Guetta's Without You is wretchedly dull.

Weekly we are bombarded with junk on the X Factor.

So here is a little respite.

Below are links to music from three groups and artists who are an absolutely refreshing antidote to the unimaginative music force-fed us on a daily basis.

One of them (Elsie) is such a breath of fresh air - whilst remaining pop and accessible - that I am putting my money where my mouth is and managing her.

In the spirit of vague rebellion against mediocrity, please check these out.

The Meat And Onions Gang's punky-ska live gigs have the kind of vibe I haven't experienced since the early days of the then unsigned Arctic Monkeys. Try Sick Of This Struggle:

Elsie has refused to become a part of the auto-tuned overproduced pop inflicted on us daily (despite offers from certain TV shows). Pop songs with a Blondie feel and lyrics actually relevant to life today. This is The Assassin (Bang Bang):

Gorgeous George specialise in Cockney-Bavarian-Gypsy music about blokes called Jean Claude Van Dango and Overtime Wesley. Why aren't they on Jools Holland?

That is all.