Who do the British seemingly hate Q Magazine?

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This month's cover notwithstanding, I've never understood why folks (particularly the Brits) loathe this magazine! As monthly music glossies go, it's certainly better written, better compiled and better presented than its immediate competitors (Mojo, Uncut, etc.) and is entirely superior to the major Yank mags (not an extraordinary feat, admittedly, as the major US music mags are dire, dire crap). I'm not saying I categorically agree with the opinions expressed therein, but it's at least well-written and reasonably comprehensive (whereas the music weeklies, however entertaining, tend to be a bit transient) and the genre-specific rags (Kerrang, etc.) seem to be exclusively written by and for idiots.

Q's website, (www.q4music.com) is shoddy and takes forever to load (and crashes my computer), but I think the mag itself is entirely deserving of more respect than it seems to get. So tell,....why the hate?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:14 (sixteen years ago) link

Well, because it treats music like other mags treat cooking or needlework.

Enrique (Enrique), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:17 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't know about hating it, it's just bloody expensive.

Some of the reviews are a little short on 'what the music is like' content, but the features are normally intelligent. I guess the cover artists never normally match my tastes so i flick through it and leave it.

scottjames23 (worrysome-man), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:18 (sixteen years ago) link

because it's for old farts. semi-bald, somewhat overweight high school teachers in their late thirties who worship jimi hendrix' ghost and wish for the second coming of grunge. or U2. or both.

Jay Kid (Jay K), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:18 (sixteen years ago) link

because it's for old farts. semi-bald, somewhat overweight high school teachers in their late thirties who worship jimi hendrix' ghost and wish for the second coming of grunge. or U2. or both.

I think you mean Mojo.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Q is great, as is also Mojo. No need for hating them. NME, on the other hand, is pathetic in their everlasting search for "the next big thing"

"Hipsters" need to realise that what was good music 10 or 20 years ago is also good music today, and will be good music in 10 and 20 years. Music is supposed to be timeless, not "trendy".

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Spot-on, Geir. Well said.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Music is not supposed to be timeless.

Tim (Tim), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:23 (sixteen years ago) link

okayokay, maybe i was writing that on a lump of saved, old hate, but there is a certain aura of complacency about that mag. some of the articles tend to be pretty good, though.

Jay Kid (Jay K), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Music is not supposed to be anything you think it is. including that.

Alan (Alan), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Music is not supposed to be timeless.

It certainly can be.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Mojo and Uncut are for necrophiliacs. Q labours under the 20-years-out-of-date notion that sarcasm is a suitable substitute for good writing.

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 3 November 2003 14:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Alex, how do you know?

Tim (Tim), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:27 (sixteen years ago) link

sure, music can be timeless, but what's wrong with music also being fleeting, ephemeral? something to enjoy one day and forget the next? the joy of pop music doesn't require it being 'timeless'. you don't need to get married to every single record you buy -- there's room for plenty of one-night-stands, too

geeta (geeta), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:28 (sixteen years ago) link

"Music is not supposed to be timeless."

Innit. The problem with Q is that it writes for an audience who think that music is inherently "supposed" to "be" something.

[x-post - Alan beat me to it there but...]

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Q is just as bad about pandering to of-the-minute stuff; and in any case it's the way it digs old stuff that's dull; especially its reverence for free-chord punk, its Joolsian worship of The Legendary Bluesmen, etc etc... Weirdly middle class tone to it, also. Marcello -- I take your point, but but but???

Enrique (Enrique), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Speaking of Uncut, they were extremely "cutting edge" 2-3 years ago, but seem to have changed completely.

For the better IMO, but that's another story ;)

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:30 (sixteen years ago) link

pah, Paul Lester agrees with me about Uncut ;-)

Incidentally, I apologise to Uncut readers who might have watched John Cale on Later With Jools Holland on Friday night. The album really is much, much better than that. Why on earth come on and play the two worst tracks off the album?

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 3 November 2003 14:31 (sixteen years ago) link

For all that I actually like the injokes in Q and its peculiarities of language. Even the bits I don't understand cos I normally only read it in the shop, if that.

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Alex ! what have you been smoking - I thought this thread was going to be Geir.

Q is a laggards music mag - it is slow on picking up new artists, it features high profile radio friendly rock bands, the front covers are boring.

Every year it holds a useless Awards event.

It exists as an Advertising medium for Major record companies to advertise to the casual 20something male. Before Mojo existed Q had a higher age profile - but these days this magazine is aimed squarely at 20something blokes that have music tastes that reflect playlisted Xfm or Virgin radio or MTV2 or Radio 1 Evening Session.

Each year it's album of the year choices are laughable.

My idea of a music magazine - is too inform me about music I am unaware of - Q is the opposite - there are NO surprises - it's predictable and lame - and therefore of interest.

It ignores much of the most creative contemporary music i.e cross reference with my blog.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:36 (sixteen years ago) link

rewind...it's predictable and lame - and therefore of NO interest.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Oddly you could say much the same - from the opposite perspective - about the Wire.

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 3 November 2003 14:38 (sixteen years ago) link

I know a lot of magazines suddenly became obsessed with lists (and some still are), but my problem with Q was that for awhile there, they had lists on anything, but the lists all contained the same bloody bands. Top 50 albums ever made (as voted by readers who think the Strokes are in fact the greatest band ever, or some ridiculous thing like that), top live bands you need to see, etc. It was just their lame way of plugging the same bands month after month.
I've also never given much weight to their reviews section. I'm not saying the articles or reviews aren't intelligent or anything, I've just always had a problem with the reviews (can't put my finger on it right now). Maybe it's the comment made upthread by scottjames that "reviews are a little short on 'what the music is like' content." Not only did I stop buying it, but I stopped skimming it at the magazine shop. I also agree with everything in DJ Martian's post.

Jonathan (Jonathan), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Could you not say that all magazines are rubbish and this thread is another self-defeating exploration of the comment that all magazines and all music journalism is senseless rubbish?

Brian Bishop, Monday, 3 November 2003 14:40 (sixteen years ago) link

A lot of ppl need to have music put before them, DJ -- I don't see that that's a problem. Your knowing about X before someone else doesn't make your appreciation any more significant/cool/whatever.

Q bites because of the style it employs and the criteria it has for music.

Enrique (Enrique), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:41 (sixteen years ago) link

I like these threads because they perpetually have no answer to them.

Brian Bishop, Monday, 3 November 2003 14:41 (sixteen years ago) link

The only reason some music is "timeless" is cos shite mags like Q and Mojo cover it with a sad fervour that is more associated with rabid and dorky addiction to collecting stuff than with actually listening to records.

Ronan (Ronan), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:42 (sixteen years ago) link

I would also that Q magazine have blatantly followed that other useless mag NME over the past few years.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:43 (sixteen years ago) link

I always hated Q because it had this overriding editorial tone of smug thirtysomething men patting you on the head and explaining in single-syllable words something which you knew already. And getting it wrong.

cis (cis), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:44 (sixteen years ago) link

rabid and dorky addiction to collecting stuff as opposed to actually listening to records? the devil you say!
in addition to what martian and enrique pointed out, i must add that i hate q (although i'm not british) because i got food poisoning at their awards this year.

lauren (laurenp), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:46 (sixteen years ago) link

oh well I could also have said that John Aizlewood writes for them, he gave Semisonics album with the title about chemistry 5/5.

Ronan (Ronan), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:50 (sixteen years ago) link

Enrique - but shouldn't a magazine that has immense resources such as Q - be all about discovering new music, celebrating it, SETTING THE AGENDA and spreading the news - NOT waiting for others to discover artists then featuring and reflecting what others have already decided is apparently relevant.

When was the last time Q magazine - stuck their necks out and proclaimed look this a great new artist. No they are flaming laggards of the worst order - that reflect the status quo.

In the late 80s - MELODY MAKER - SET THEIR OWN AGENDA - they didn't wait for anyone else - they had GUTS, SELF CONVICTION, BELIEF, OPINIONS, ATTITUDES, IDEAS and IDEALS.

Q is the complete opposite !

DJ Martian (djmartian), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:52 (sixteen years ago) link

Melody Maker in the late '80s, sadly, sold zilch copies.

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 3 November 2003 14:53 (sixteen years ago) link

more than the NME today !

DJ Martian (djmartian), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:54 (sixteen years ago) link

I hate Q bcz its a music mag.

ilm (jdesouza), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Oddly you could say much the same - from the opposite perspective - about the Wire.

yes its obscurantism is getting a little wearing.

jed (jed_e_3), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:55 (sixteen years ago) link

i like all british music magazines cuz they are shiny and colorful and they come with cd's and they are heavy and they have pretty pictures in them.that is all i could ever ask of a magazine. if i want brilliant writing i will read proust.(who was heavy but not so shiny. but colorful! in his way. and he could paint a pretty picture with his pen! which is all i ask of any dead dandy.)

scott seward, Monday, 3 November 2003 14:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Enrique - but shouldn't a magazine that has immense resources such as Q - be all about discovering new music, celebrating it, SETTING THE AGENDA and spreading the news - NOT waiting for others to discover artists then featuring and reflecting what others have already decided is apparently relevant.

Dude, you'd make a lovely editor but a poor businessman!!

Enrique (Enrique), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Proust?! you wanna read abt a mama's boy?!?!!!

you want joyce, kafka and borges you do.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 3 November 2003 14:57 (sixteen years ago) link

q is less of a Mojo music collectors magazine then it used to be i would have thought. it seems more like heat magazine, except focusing only on music, these days.

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Monday, 3 November 2003 15:00 (sixteen years ago) link

i want to see julio writing for the wire. reinstate mark s as editor inst! ;-)

Marcello Carlin, Monday, 3 November 2003 15:06 (sixteen years ago) link

I rest my case. Look at all the vitriol on this thread! You'd think I was asking "What's wrong with Mein Kampf?" Once again, I'm not saying Q Magazine is any semblance of an authority, but it's certainly the least crap in its class.

And, for the record, I'd wager certain classical music is inarguably "timeless". And there's nothing wrong with that. There's nothing wrong with music being disposable, fleeting ephemera as well, but what's wrong with something exuding an ageless beauty?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 3 November 2003 15:13 (sixteen years ago) link

timeless music is hell to listen to.

RJG (RJG), Monday, 3 November 2003 15:15 (sixteen years ago) link

what case? you asked why the british hate q, not if they do. i'm assuming you knew people would spew venom, but i thought the point was why many feel this way.

lauren (laurenp), Monday, 3 November 2003 15:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Re: Dude, you'd make a lovely editor but a poor businessman!!

I disagree - there are more than enough people that are not being catered for by the teenager oriented rock tedium of the weekly NME and also don't want to wait a month for something to read [The Wire, Terrorizer, Jazzwise, Jockey Slut, Knowlege, Uncut etc]

If a publisher - launched a new diverse agenda setting fortnightly music magazine - in the UK - then i reckon sales of 50,000 - 75,000 - could be achieved within a year.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Monday, 3 November 2003 15:16 (sixteen years ago) link

On a vaguely related note, should Brits regard the imminent arrival of Blender in the UK as something to rejoice or something to fear?

Hmmm, perhaps that's another thread, in fact.

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Monday, 3 November 2003 15:17 (sixteen years ago) link

nothing exudes an ageless beauty unless one thinks so but bah I'd rather sip water and listen to records than argue that point cos it's a journey with no point of agreement on it really.

Also ILM does like some magazines, Muzik was very popular until it went bust! (as I always say in these cases)

Ronan (Ronan), Monday, 3 November 2003 15:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Blender, another useless mag - that is a replica of the Q format.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Monday, 3 November 2003 15:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Q says nothing to me about my life. But then I'm just a musician, making one CD a year. Taxi drivers and bank tellers, on the other hand, love it. And they're the ones who keep the music industry in business by each buying five CDs a year.

Momus (Momus), Monday, 3 November 2003 15:19 (sixteen years ago) link

If a publisher - launched a new diverse agenda setting fortnightly music magazine - in the UK - then i reckon sales of 50,000 - 75,000 - could be achieved within a year.

Martian (and anyone else), what d'you know about Bullit? I know it used to be North-East only, and it's music and film-oriented (perhaps going for the Uncut market) but possibly a younger audience, and a fairly modest initial print run, but more details are extremely scant.

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Monday, 3 November 2003 15:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, wait -- there's only one authentic way in which to interpret hip-hop? And that's American? Sounds a bit r*****t to me (that's the other "shameful" r- word).

David A. (Davant), Friday, 6 October 2006 16:14 (thirteen years ago) link

it may be valid. BD, but the raw copy i got seemed to me, and to Blender's record reviews editor, clumsy and uncomprehending to the genre, IMO. and I make no claim as to the correct, authentic way to interpret anything. and none of this is to say that every American crit out there gets hip-hop. hardly.

and frankly, Brit-pop and its variants seem to be easily grasped by Americans, since the genre is based on '60s British rock and pop, which is essentially music that never went away and was emphasized as the common currency —the signal achievement of western culture, rockism, etc etc—in both countries and all over the world. lots and lots of crits I know are very hung up on brit-pop.

veronica moser (veronica moser), Friday, 6 October 2006 17:18 (thirteen years ago) link

There is one thing that is always hard to grasp, and that is accent. In some cases, a particular accent becomes part of a genres style. In those cases, it is hard for somebody from the other side of the Atlantic to adept to a certain British/American-based genre.

But that's not to say it's impossible. Knickerbockers did some wonderful stuff in the mid 60s in mock British accent, while The Records' 70s powerpop sounded just as right with their mock American accents.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 6 October 2006 17:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Geir, don't worry, you're not the only one here who's gotten in trouble commenting on hip hop:

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I'm banning Marcello cos firstly because I was pretty sickened by the chest-thumping and general foul behaviour on the hip-hop thread. I fucking hated this and am guilty for just discovering the general unpleasantness therein (two people alerted me). Other people may have been stirring the shit and I'll be checking them out too.

Also, and just as importantly, I'm sick of him nitpicking blissblogger. What the fuck is your problem with Simon Marcello? Grow up. What it boils down to is this. If I'm going to have a forum in which either Reynolds or Carlin are going to feel comfortable, then it's a fucking no-brainer.

chakra khan chakra khan (sanskrit), Friday, 6 October 2006 20:51 (thirteen years ago) link

To be fair, Marcello is a bit of a fascist too.

Banning people who don't match his quasi-intelligent musings on pop is just one step away from ethnic cleansing, no?

Esteban Buttez's Dead (EstieButtez1), Friday, 6 October 2006 23:19 (thirteen years ago) link

three years pass...

more insanity from Q magazine, some right turkeys in this list. Q magazine have just set the benchmark for the worst end of year list of 2009.

via
http://www.soundopinions.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=22173

Q Top 50 Albums 2009:

50) Further Complications - Jarvis Cocker
49) Together Through Life - Bob Dylan
48) My Way - Ian Brown
47) The Liberty of Norton Folgate - Madness
46) True Romance - Golden Silvers
45) Outer South - Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band
44) Which Bitch? - The View
43) Imidiwan: Companions - Tinariwen
42) Mariachi El Bronx - Mariachi El Bronx
41) Two Dancers - Wild Beasts
40) 3 Words - Cheryl Cole
39) Primary Colours - The Horrors
38) Truelove's Gutter - Richard Hawley
37) Tarot Sport - Fuck Buttons
36) The Eternal - Sonic Youth
35) Backspacer - Pearl Jam
34) To Lose My Life... - White Lies
33) Bitte Orca - Dirty Projectors
32) Sunny Side Up - Paolo Nutini
31) Only Revelations - Biffy Clyro
30) La Roux - La Roux
29) Wilco (The Album) - Wilco
28) Working On A Dream - Bruce Springsteen
27) Horehound - Dead Weather
26) Two Suns - Bat For Lashes
25) The First Day of Spring - Noah and The Whale
24) The Ecstatic - Mos Def
23) Invaders May Die - The Prodigy
22) Oh My God, Charlie Darwin - The Low Anthem
21) Kings and Queens - Jamie T
20) Fever Ray - Fever Ray
19) Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
18) The Boy Who Knew Too Much - Mika
17) 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day
16) Walking On A Dream - Empire of The Sun
15) Tongue N' Cheek - Dizzee Rascal
14) What Will Be - Devendra Banhart
13) Veckatimeist - Grizzly Bear
12) Everything Is New - Jack Penate
11) Kingdom of Rust - Doves
10) Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - Phoenix
09) No Line On The Horizon - U2
08) It's Not Me, It's You - Lily Allen
07) The Resistance - Muse
06) Humbug - Arctic Monkeys
05) Journal For Plague Lovers - Manic Street Preachers
04) Merriweather Post Pavillion - Animal Collective
03) It's Blitz! - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
02) Lungs - Florence and The Machine
01) West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum - Kasabian

djmartian, Wednesday, 28 October 2009 10:53 (ten years ago) link

lol, all lists are terrible - at least they get people to pay for theirs

lad: "et tu, lady?" (haitch), Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:16 (ten years ago) link

23) Invaders May Die - The Prodigy

Make a Song Title More Reasonable

Turbohongro (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:19 (ten years ago) link

What an awful, awful winner.

exploding angel vagina (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:22 (ten years ago) link

i gets worse...

Kasabian luv in at the NME this week
http://www.nme.com/magazine

that Krissi Murison has shifted NME even closer to the Q mainstream

djmartian, Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:26 (ten years ago) link

rewind...it gets worse

djmartian, Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:27 (ten years ago) link

40) 3 Words - Cheryl Cole

How the hell did this get in there? And nine places above Dylan?!

Matt DC, Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:27 (ten years ago) link

no idea, however there is evidence in that Q list that Q writers are clearly tone deaf

djmartian, Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:31 (ten years ago) link

huh, aren't there 2009 albums that haven't had their promos distributed yet? Being a few months early with decade lists is kinda understandable, but this...

also, Mika has a new album? Who knew. Is it a major flop or have I just successfully blocked him out?

FC Tom Tomsk Club (Merdeyeux), Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:34 (ten years ago) link

also, Mika has a new album? Who knew. Is it a major flop or have I just successfully blocked him out?

you obviously don't read Britain's most read music mag - OMM, as Mika was on their front cover a few months back

djmartian, Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:36 (ten years ago) link

Martian's been limbering up for this moment for the last couple of months, like Gary Neville on the Anfield touchline.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:40 (ten years ago) link

i honestly had no idea that half of that list were even still making music, let alone releasing albums this year.

cheryl cole, wtf.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:41 (ten years ago) link

Q magazine is so establishment / mainstream, most 2009 mainstream albums have been released, and the ones yet to be released seem rather ordinary

upcoming mainstream releases
http://www.albumvote.co.uk/albums/prerel.aspx

djmartian, Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:42 (ten years ago) link

He's also glossed over that band Salem he's been bumming for weeks getting listed on the NME cover there xxp

Turbohongro (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:44 (ten years ago) link

i gets worse...

actual lol

modescalator (blueski), Wednesday, 28 October 2009 11:45 (ten years ago) link

He's also glossed over that band Salem he's been bumming for weeks getting listed on the NME cover there xxp

Also actual lol.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 28 October 2009 12:50 (ten years ago) link

Wow wow wow wow. I've subjected myself to that Kasabian album twice and cannot imagine a world anywhere ever where it could be considered the "best" of anything.

& other try hard shitfests (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 28 October 2009 13:24 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

I believe that all music should be based on the Horst Wessel Song.

-- Geir Hongro (geirhon...), March 18th, 2005.

― Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 6 October 2006 11:41 (4 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Sure, white people have made a lot of interesting music. Black people too, although not too much after hip-hop started dominating. Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire and Lionel Richie have all made lots of great music with lots of melodic and harmonic qualities.

― Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 6 October 2006 11:43 (4 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Do you think Streicher got a bum deal at Nuremberg, then?

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nakhchivan, Thursday, 4 August 2011 23:11 (eight years ago) link

Was this ever a question that needed answering? Q was awful back then, and it's probably worse now.

(Although there was a period in the 90's when it wasn't so bad, I suppose)

Pheeel, Friday, 5 August 2011 01:24 (eight years ago) link

Still not sure that Geir ≠ Marcello. Though lately I've been wondering if Geir = another (fav) ILXor. I am prone to looking for patterns, though.

Euler, Friday, 5 August 2011 01:26 (eight years ago) link

MC's Geir sock was too strident, he could never get the unflustered tone right

generous loller at dollies (sic), Friday, 5 August 2011 01:49 (eight years ago) link

four years pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CSEoszUXIAADi9W.jpg

piscesx, Saturday, 24 October 2015 09:37 (four years ago) link

The Soft Bulletin on the cover i note. 2/5 they gave that, first time round. Blue Lines getting pride of place as usual. wasn't even in their Top 50 *of that year* when it came out.

piscesx, Saturday, 24 October 2015 09:40 (four years ago) link

it's almost as if stuff has to hang around for a few years before it gets to be in the middlebrow canon

systems drinking (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 24 October 2015 10:07 (four years ago) link

Rod Stewart's Ultimate Guide To Life? Guy Garvey Solo LP

nashwan, Saturday, 24 October 2015 10:17 (four years ago) link

I had that edition as a kid, and remember the list well.

twunty fifteen (imago), Saturday, 24 October 2015 10:24 (four years ago) link

you had this edition? easy to think that looking at it, but it isn't out til Tuesday!

piscesx, Saturday, 24 October 2015 10:53 (four years ago) link

For my sins I did buy Q fairly frequently when I was a callow youth, until I got wise to the fact that those "Top 100" lists they are always running are pure empty page filler. For such a chunky mag it was often surprisingly short on content, you could get through the meat of it in about an hour and were left with a nagging feeling you'd wasted your money.

The bigger problem has always been how it continues to reinforce an extremely conservative rock/pop orthodoxy, never challenging received opinions and always dishing out five stars to the same canonical big names. I guess that's the answer to how it keeps selling, it's like comfort reading for people who have a passing interest in music but aren't really interested in anything they don't already listen to.

Pheeel, Saturday, 24 October 2015 11:47 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/bauer-reveals-plans-to-close-merge-or-sell-ten-magazines-q-planet-rock-simply-you/

Magazine publisher Bauer Media plans to close, merge or sell ten of its print titles it says will not be sustainable once the Covid-19 crisis is over.

The titles affected are: music magazines Q and Planet Rock, car brands Modern Classics and Car Mechanics, “true-life” title Simply You, Mother and Baby, Golf World, Practical Photography, Sea Angler and Your Horse.

Bauer said for each of these titles it is currently looking at whether to move them to a digital-only format, merge them with sister titles, sell them, or close them altogether.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 18 May 2020 20:29 (two weeks ago) link

rip big man, heaven needed a magazine i assumed had stopped production at least a decade ago

Claiming Sea Angler and Your Horse for the name of my terrible new band.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 18 May 2020 20:36 (two weeks ago) link

I'd be surprised if some other publisher didn't step in and buy Q tbh. But who will save poor old Sea Angler?

Matt DC, Monday, 18 May 2020 20:37 (two weeks ago) link

* advertising jingle plays* Pick up your monthly copy of Golf World, now incorporating Q Magazine.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Monday, 18 May 2020 20:45 (two weeks ago) link

Uh, anyone on here ever write for Q?

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 18 May 2020 20:49 (two weeks ago) link

sure, music can be timeless, but what's wrong with music also being fleeting, ephemeral? something to enjoy one day and forget the next? the joy of pop music doesn't require it being 'timeless'. you don't need to get married to every single record you buy -- there's room for plenty of one-night-stands, too
― geeta (geeta), Tuesday, 4 November 2003

I wish Geeta still posted here

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 18 May 2020 22:58 (two weeks ago) link

i wish i could still have one night stands

i am a horse girl (map), Monday, 18 May 2020 23:51 (two weeks ago) link

With a magazine?

Mark G, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 06:25 (two weeks ago) link

The magazine in Darlimg Nikki was probably not Q.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 07:16 (two weeks ago) link

cover of the last issue answers the thread question nicely

come out you melts and bams (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 08:23 (two weeks ago) link

begging to be polled. somehow.

i like it when you tag crappy old pop stars with their first names only because they're our friends

come out you melts and bams (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 08:48 (two weeks ago) link

I thought Q was good in the late 80s and early 90s. It once got the Trouser Press record Guide’s endorsement.

Boring, Maryland, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 15:15 (two weeks ago) link

I wish Geeta still posted here

― an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK)

geeta's presence on this board was fleeting, ephemeral, something to enjoy one day and forget the next

Kate (rushomancy), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 15:17 (two weeks ago) link


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