I do love Florence + the Machine. I don’t however enjoy virtue signals.
@flo_tweet Oct 4
Today’s use of ‘You’ve Got The Love’ at the Conservative party conference was not approved by us nor would it have been had they asked.
@flo_tweet Oct 4
Replying to @flo_tweet
If the Conservative party could refrain from using our music in future. x
I wonder if Florence would be willing to tell everyone how she would feel about Nicolas Maduro playing her music at a Venezuelan political gathering… Does that inspire the desire to virtue signal? Probably not.
This is one of many reasons that I’ve been enjoying the band Ghost recently. They don’t tend to say anything political (that I’ve been able to tell) and they’re out there for a show of dark punk metal music with a flare.
The only slightly controversial thing I’ve heard is that a Christian choir refused to do a chorus for one of their songs about the devil. They’re a bit outrageous for the sake of being outrageous. Not to make a huge statement. It appears to be for the horror and heavy metal aesthetic value rather than actually promoting a particular belief.
They’re about the music. I write under different pen names away from my political content so that I have something out there that’s not about the politics. Because during a time when creators are involving what they believe everyone should think into their work (and outside it) rather than making it about the work, we need artists, singers, authors, film makers, and designers who are willing not to.
I do admire people such as Jon Del Arroz who is on the right and willing to take the sling shots and arrows in an insanely SJW converged world such as publishing. Anyone willing to go counter to the current narrative is brave in my eyes. But when he writes a story, it’s about the story. His journalism is an aside. And that’s the way it should be.
I wonder if Florence would personally ask fans of her who commit wrong think to not play her music ever? If we’re gonna draw lines in the sand, at least be real about it. But then again… her record sales might not survive it. At the end of the day, most huge singers are more worried about the money than pulling a stunt like the Dixie Chicks.
Not that I’m a fan of Bushie… never was… but one thing you never do is diss a right wing U.S. president when you’re target audience is right wing country loving country music fans.
Not saying that Florence’s target audience is on the right… but I enjoy an artist who keeps the music about the music. The art about the art. The writing about the writing.
I do however place my vote for Florence to be played at the next Alt Right rally. Simply because I want to see her reaction now. It would be hilarious. Tiki torches and Florence music. That’s my kind of night.