THAT yob rock debate...the letters
I know what eugenics is, thank you very much, Ben [Stud]. I know it is evil and discredited. Orlando have no vision of a master race, merely a healthy dislike of right-wing, homophobic, racist scum whose "ideas" permeate through to their children. I am sure that, in the face of actual eugenics, Tim and Dickon would defend anyone's right to breed, as they are liberals in the true sense of the word. Your attack on Tim in the Yob Rock debate showed a worrying fear of free speech and intellectual challenge. It was a witch-hunt; your motives for inviting Tim were clear, cowardly and despicable. You laughed at Tim's advocation of self-control. Well, of course you did. Your dull Primal Scream interview proved you have neither the self-respect or discipline for this quality. To demand a retraction from the band reveals your desire for a happy, shiny pop world where the only acceptable topics for lyrics or interviews are drugs and sex, where morality and philosophy are ignored because they cannot be discussed with expletives. But that's OK, because that's real life, isn't it, Ben?
Dear Ben Stud, I am not one for hero worship but you are top of my list due to the way that you threw back both Simon Price and Tim of Orlando with such force...when people start mouthing off about different music genres with no reason and no back-up information to support them, I would be just as outraged as Ben Stud. Well done for showing up both of them.
KRISTIAN POWELL, Maidstone
...first, Ben Stud says, "I heard your single...and it sounded like Bon Jovi at their most vilely f***ing bombastic". Then five minutes later Ben complains, "you're slagging off some of my favourite bands" ! So it's alright for Ben to slag off Tim Mark, but not for Tim to deign to comment on Ben's favourite bands. It was interesting to note that Tim, Simon and Neil stuck to the debate while Crispin, Richard and Neil resorted to personal insults...
A ROMO TART, IN MINTY'S PLASTIC BAG WITH TIMOTHY MARK, AND COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF ICE-CREAM