Whiny Blunt banned to give listeners a rest


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James Blunt is clearly an embarrassment to all men.

James Blunt banned by radio station 'to give listeners a rest'
By Ciar Byrne, Media Correspondent
Published: 29 May 2006
A radio station has responded to James Blunt's suggestion that anyone who does not like his music should simply switch off the radio, by banning his tracks from the airwaves.

In a move that may be closely monitored by other stations, Essex FM announced that from today it would no longer play Blunt's hits "You're Beautiful" and "Goodbye My Lover".

The GCap Media station said it was responding to recent audience research, which revealed that listeners had tired of Blunt's distinctive sound.

"Quite often there will be popular artists that people are starting to grow weary of. This time, the number of specific comments about James Blunt were more than we have ever seen for one particular artist," Chris Cotton, the programme controller, said.

"It was quite staggering. People said, 'Can you get rid of him?' 'Can you ban him?' Even people who say they are fans of his songs go on to express that they're sick of it."

Initially, the station will ban Blunt for a few days while eliciting feedback. But early indications suggest listeners are happy with the decision. When the station announced its intention to ban the singer, the switchboard was inundated.

"The amount of feedback is enormous, so it looks like there'll be a pretty long-term ban," Mr Cotton said. "This does tend to happen when artists reach a certain level of popularity, when it becomes wall-to-wall coverage.

"He has a unique sound and is an honest songwriter. That's the sort of combination that makes someone stand out, but people also tend to tire of that sound.We don't have anything against James Blunt and we're pleased he has been so successful, but we really need a break.

"While his songs have been very popular, there is a tremendous amount of industry pressure to play certain artists frequently. Often this can be out of step with the audience's tastes, which results in songs being overplayed. We're happy to stand up to this pressure. We encourage other radio stations to take the same step."

Blunt's music has been labelled too bland by many people, but last week he was given the music industry seal of approval when he won two Ivor Novello awards.

"You're Beautiful" was voted international hit of the year and most performed work at the ceremony, which recognises songwriting talent.

Accepting his award, Blunt said: "To all those bastards who don't like my music - you're all adults, you can switch your radio off."

Asked if he ever got sick of his music, the former Household Cavalry officer whose love life, including a fling with Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, has made headlines, said: "I don't have to listen to it. I'm the one who sings it. And it's continued to get me laid."

Blunt has not found it quite so easy to seduce the audience of Essex FM, who, according to the station's playlist, prefer the music of Corinne Bailey Rae, Robbie Williams and Keane.

"You're Beautiful" reached number one in 25 countries, and in March Blunt became the first British artist to top the US Billboard chart in nine years. His album Back to Bedlam has sold more than seven million copies worldwide.

Acknowledging that some people might be tiring of his songs, when he accepted the Novello award for Most Performed Work, Blunt said: "I should probably be rude about it before anyone else is. So thank you very much for the Most Overplayed Song award."

In 1999, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 refused to play "Millennium Prayer" by Sir Cliff Richard. It went to number one despite a lack of airplay.

I'll put my neck on the line here....

I've been in the middle of fecking no where for two months with nothing other than a JB live show CD and DVD to entertain me

And to be honest I'm now a bit of a fan, I may have actually brainwashed myself but I do rate him

He seems like a nice chap to boot!

Has to be said, E don't do "motivational gym music" do E

I'm sure there is another thread slagging him of universally but I won't be joining in!!

Seclusion however has its positive points........................I didn't even know BB had started
What a load of c0ck! No not the music, even though it is not to my taste, but the load of drivel put out by the radio station.

Who decides on the playlists for the station? Does Blunt go in there every 15 mins and force the DJs to play one of his records?
Livin_on_a_prayer said:
Isn't one of his songs about his time serving in Kosovo?
The track 'I'd rather be masturbating than here' was dropped from the last album apparently, but may appear as a 'b' side on a future release.
Essex FM? That explains it.

The women couldn't dance in their white stilettos around their Burberry handbags to his music.

He seems like a decent bloke. I can't understand the level of vitriol he attracts.
Livin_on_a_prayer said:
Isn't one of his songs about his time serving in Kosovo?

There are children standing here,
Arms outstretched into the sky,
Tears drying on their face.
He has been here.
Brothers lie in shallow graves.
Fathers lost without a trace.
A nation blind to their disgrace,
Since he's been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.

Houses burnt beyond repair.
The smell of death is in the air.
A woman weeping in despair says,
He has been here.
Tracer lighting up the sky.
It's another families' turn to die.
A child afraid to even cry out says,
He has been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.

There are children standing here,
Arms outstretched into the sky,
But no one asks the question why,
He has been here.
Old men kneel to accept their fate.
Wives and daughters cut and raped.
A generation drenched in hate.
Says, he has been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness
So Essex FM have been ramming Blunt down their listeners throats, then banned him because people are fed up. Who's to blame, one wonders ?. Certainly not James Blunt ..... so that leaves, err Essex FM !
Not before time! Knightsbridge Nancies shouldn't be allowewd that far from home without a care nurse anyway.

Biggest talentless, over-hyped pile of scat since Coldplay and the Beatles.

Rounds Complete.
RTFQ said:
Livin_on_a_prayer said:
Isn't one of his songs about his time serving in Kosovo?
No that's "My favourite Waste of Time" by Owen Paul
Will we be hearing "Club Tropicana" from your LP Collection next? Or a Chesney Hawkes track? :dead:

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