Although I've never had the money to actually go to Meltdown (although I'd like to point out that I did once eat at the Festival Hall's People's Palace restaurant) you can only imagine my joy as Jarvis Cocker was chosen to curate this one. After being chosen he commented on the beauty of the South Bank, and how 'concrete is really underrated as a material'. Oh Jarvis! I sighed, and imagined all manner of joys. In 1998, Pulp stood in for John Peel on Radio 1 for a week, and I taped one of the shows, which would become a list of interesting and weird music that I subsequently sought out - Jacques Dutronc, DAF's 'Der Mussolini', Magazine, soundtracks...that and this compilation led me to picture some sort of collision of kitchen sink, disco and Trunk-style moribundia, in the settings of London's greatest Modernist showpiece. So this really isn't good enough - in fact, it looks like it was compiled by the editorial staff of Uncut, a list of the mouldering, the rockist, the reformed and the never-knew-you'd-been aways - The Stooges, Devo, Cornershop, Motorhead, Roky Erikson, the Jesus and sodding Mary Chain, John Barry, the 'KPM allstars' and 'ladies of folk' as the sole concessions to non-rock. The first three songs on his solo album might be pretty dreadful and I'm aware he wasn't going to hire Donna Summer to cover 'Acrylic Afternoons' or put on 'The Drift- the Opera', but I expected something better than this lot.
And then there's this, about Harland Miller's Penguin paintings - which are very cute and very funny, but also unintentionally exemplify the shift from accessibility to exclusivity in brit aesthetics very well.