Music has a history of being manufactural. 50s crooners, the Monkees, boy bands. In the eighties, it was gimmick songs. Women had not broken through the rock barrier, and Chrissy Hynde could not do it all herself. I asked Josie Cotton — she of the manufactured Johnny Are You Queer controversy — “is Josie Cotton your real name?” Surprised and offended, she came back with, “…well…it’s basically my real name.” Sometimes music comes not from inspiration, but avarice.
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