Mr Russell claimed the profusion of dance records confuses the record-buying public into sticking with the established bands, Genesis, Simply Red et al. Dance records are produced and sold to a young audience weaned on bad clubs and worse drugs, and are of little or no interest to the older buyers of the established bands.
Over the past 20 years, I have been a fanatical record-buyer, agent, promoter and venue manager, and can state that the explosion of talented young bands in the UK in the period 1987 to 1991 surpassed anything I have seen or heard in originality and creativity; much of this was of undoubted commercial potential. These musicians have all but given up.
The blame lies with the greed of record companies, who have striven for short-term profits, recycling Eighties music in overpriced CD compilations, starving new talent of exposure and promotional budgets. The CD-buying public is married and driving company cars. How can the traditional album-buyers, late teens and early twenties, possibly afford pounds 13.50 for a CD on a student grant, the dole or a low wage?
It is no surprise that music is now dominated by a country where CDs are cheaper and more affordable to young people, and young talent is consequently afforded a commercial launch pad.
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