Music News: The Year That Was - June

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Mark Thomson

28th December 2007
At 22:50 GMT

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The year 2007 was the year that parents finally starting catching up with emo kids, and June saw a rather humourous report from ABC in America, who took a revealing look into what goes on in the typical emo kid's world.

Thankfully, the Strange Glue writers were on hand to put some perspective on the issue, with our article "Emo More Dangerous To Children Than Michael Jackson!". We suggested a five point checklist if you aren't quite sure if your child is emo:

1) Is your child wearing black hair? If so, it is imperative you peroxide it as soon as possible.
2) Are there any jewellery, clothing or accessories upon your child's person? Remove all of these before allowing your child to pass.
3) Is your child not smiling?
4) Does your child have a backpack full of automatic weapons? If so, don't worry, they are not emo, as emos use knives and razors.
5) Is My Chemical Romance one of your child's favourite bands? If so, refer them for immediate counselling, not for emo-itis per se.... just for taste correction in general.

Another rather amusing story came from Pitchfork who reported Neko Case's undies selling for $300 on eBay. The lucky winner "hack7270" takes away a Neko Case girdle corset that she wore for the 'Sympathy for the Record Industry" calendar.


The industry meanwhile continued its fight against its own friends. So much so, that a day of silence was set up by web based radio stations at the RIAA and Sound Exchange's refusal to back down over the exorbitant royalty fees they wanted to introduce.

Also, June saw the end of Fopp, who imploded after 25 years of trading, despite being profitable. Many in the media were quick to blame falling CD sales, however the likely cause, as our article showed, was due to bad management and the acquisition of another chain - Music Zone.

Predictably Glastonbury was deluged with rain, but thanks to the new drainage systems put in place by Michael Eavis, the quagmire of the last festival in 2005, were happily avoided. A record 177,500 packed into Worthy Farm, to see Arctic Monkeys, The Who, The Killers and a startlingly sober Amy Winehouse perform for Britain's biggest festival. The Killers were one of the stand out bands of the weekend, and this firework spectacular certainly helped cement them as one of the biggest bands in the world:


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