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How Duff Is Duffy?

Stuart Bailie | 05:53 UK time, Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Anyone who watched a recent BBC Documentary on the Rough Trade record label might have concluded that the heart of indie music is still beating strongly. 'Do It Yourself: The Story Of Rough Trade' told the story of a record shop in west London that became a record label and distribution service that delivered Stiff Little Fingers and The Smiths to the world, went bust and then resurfaced with The Strokes, The Libertines and more. The story suggested that the idealist ethos had even translated to the success of Duffy, who was managed by the Rough Trade family.

Really? Every time I see Duffy getting on her bike and pedalling enthusiastically for a soft drinks corporation, I feel rather nauseous. Here's a singer who's been in the public eye for just over a year. She's been successful, sure, but as I mused at the time of the record's release, Duffy has become a commodity first and an artist second. She can't have needed the extra cash and her profile is already over-extended. I don't hear the indie ethos in any of that. I hear the remorseless clang of a cash register.


  • Comment number 1.

    I agree Stuart. Such a great program soured by that corporate sell out. Get on yer bike!
    Tony V
    Chrome Horse

  • Comment number 2.


    Wish I had seen that docuumentry and will try and source it on iplayer or similar.

    Duffy.....please! I try and have a viewpoint that with muisc...well if you like it you like it and thats it. Artists like Duffy stretch my point to beyond breaking.

    You can almost imagine the conversation:

    Record Exec - Winehouse is going to breakdown, we need a replacement

    Underling - I think I got a tape of someone trying to sound like her

    RE - who could produce it?

    U - well Mark Ronson did manage to get a record out of Winehouse.....

    etc etc.

  • Comment number 3.

    Her every song sounds the same...but I guess she's not to blame...it's her record execs & managers...who will profit from all her duff warblers!


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