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It’s not just On The Record who goes around giving Radiohead and their fans a good-humoured dig in the collective belly. Oh no. Here’s Chris Salmon having a pop at the ‘Head over their new social networking site which he …

Mon, Apr 21, 2008, 09:57

   

It’s not just On The Record who goes around giving Radiohead and their fans a good-humoured dig in the collective belly. Oh no. Here’s Chris Salmon having a pop at the ‘Head over their new social networking site which he sees as just another instance of the band milking the lucrative cash-cow that is their fan-base. Meanwhile lots and lots of Yankee fans of the band are getting worked up about the fact that the band are using Ticketmaster to flog tickets for their forthcoming US tour. See, I just knew the band should have gone with the name-your-own-price tactic for the live shows. Maybe then, there would not still be tickets on sale, as there are this morning, for their shows in Dublin and the UK. Thom baby, Skype us or send a carrier-pigeon. We can help. We can do a competition or something.

Speaking of Ticketmaster, it’s interesting to see Leftez Letter readers bringing up Ticketmaster rebates as a reason for high ticket charges. In a nutsell, rebates happen when the ticket giant allegedly passes a couple of dollars per ticket sold back to the promoter of the show in question. Yes, a couple of dollars from the various handling and convenience charges paid by the punter makes it make into the promoter’s bank account. Not surprisingly, we don’t really hear much about these rebates as all parties prefer to stay schtum about this practice. Indeed, it’s a long time since I’ve even heard anyone mention rebates – they came up during the Pearl Jam dispute with Ticketmaster and some clued-in consumers raised them in this discussion about high ticket charges. Mmmm, wonder does this happen in Ireland?

The Daily Telegraph has seen the future of the record industry and it has a peculiar pong to it. Procter & Gamble, the company behind such brands as Pampers nappies and Crest toothpaste, is to start a record label called TAG Records, in cahoots with Def Jam, to promote a line of men’s deodorants and body sprays. Look, I didn’t make it up, it was in the Telegraph, OK? The Telegraph, not the Mail.

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the MySpace Music hook-up between the social networking site and a couple of the major labels still in business. We asked then what it would all mean for indie labels and artists. Well, per Wired, it certainly won’t mean any equity in the new venture.

Ever wondered what happened to all those writers who used to contribute to Melody Maker, Sounds and the NME when it was good? Are they still out there tilting at sonic cathedrals and cracking jokes about Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts? Or are they just writing for whatever broadsheet will have them? Well, a whole load of them, including Steven Wells, Chris Roberts, Neil Kulkarni, Angus Batey, Simon Price and John Robb, are set to contribute to new online yoke The Quietus.

And finally, congrats to the Sunday Tribune hurling pundits for getting it wrong two weekends in a row. Last Sunday, Enda McEvoy and Liam Griffin had Kilkenny seeing off Tipperary. Yesterday, Enda and Liam had Galway getting the better of Liam Sheedy’s boys. Tsk, tsk, tsk.