for January 7, 2002
The 8-Ball: Day Four
by Lorraine Doran
[ALTROK's contributors have all turned to the Magic 8-Ball for a look at the newly-begun year. Today, Lorraine Doran gazes at the smoky glass blob.]
Will success in the music business continue to depend on how well one plays to fifteen year olds?
Magic 8-Ball: Most Likely
Lorraine: Now if we could just get more buying power into the hands of the kids listening to artists more interested in showcasing their song writing ability than their navels...
Which band will be the next to score a platinum seller after being hailed as "the next Pearl Jam"?
Magic 8-Ball: Reply Hazy Try Again
Lorraine: Itís out there. And itís coming. Being derivative is just too easy.
Will large record companies support the "indie" artists that lend them credibility?
Magic 8-Ball: Better Not Tell You Now
Lorraine: Go ask Liz Phair.
Does last yearís release of records like Spiritualizedís "Let It Come Down", Tori Amosí "Strange Little Girls" and Radioheadís "Amnesiac" give us some hope for 2002?
Magic 8-Ball: As I See It Yes
Lorraine: These and so few others, but yes.
Will big corporations continue to introduce otherwise not very commercial music?
Magic 8-Ball: Outlook Good
Lorraine: Coldplay mightíve had the catchy hooks to make it out of the box without getting air play on an ABC promo. But the Volkswagen commercial worked for Nick Drake. And they say irony is dead. [No, but as for Nick Drake... - Ed.]
On a related note, will artists not lacking in money or exposure stop selling their songs to hawk Jaguars?
Magic 8-Ball: Donít Count On It
Lorraine: Thereís no shame in it if everyoneís doing it. Right?
Is the revolution in the suburbs?
Magic 8-Ball: Yes
Lorraine: Itís in suburban basements on home recording systems.
Now, about that new Liz Phair record...
Magic 8-Ball: Ask Again Later
Has Carson Daly sold his soul to satan?
Magic 8-Ball: It Is Certain
Lorraine: If anyone has a better way to explain this guyís career, the 8-Ball is listening.
This J-Lo/P. Diddy thing really has me down. Will she come to her senses and take him back?
Magic 8-Ball: Very Doubtful
Lorraine: But if she did, it would doubtless inspire yet another confusing name change, a Barbara Walters special and record sales like you wouldnít believe.
Other than the new Dylan record, will anything, well, good, get nominated for an Album of the Year Grammy?
Magic 8-Ball: My Sources Say No
Lorraine: Okay, sometimes the 8-Ball cheats. But only when the answer is obvious.
©2002 Lorraine Doran
All material ©2001-2014 Sean Carolan, except as noted.
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