Oh, sh*t: DG embraces The Who

Alfie Boe sings ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ from Pete Townshend’s “Classic Quadrophenia”, released by the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft on June 8, 2015.

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Please tell me it ain’t so.


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    • That was in a time in which there were – literally – Dozens of releases of classical music every month.

    • I do! It was pure, unadulterated, high-camp crossover kitsch gold. I can’t see this latest offering from DG coming anywhere close to that level of fun.

  • “Deutsche Grammophone IS classical music” says their slogan. Well Norman, this is what classical music is – apparently.

  • Deutsche Grammophon IS classical music. Is this classical music? Nowadays 2Cellos playing michael jackson IS classical music, so The Who surely must be, right?

  • They should seriously change their slogan to “DG >WAS< Classical Music."

    The label's love affairs with (the admittedly very talented) Gordon "Sting" Sumner and Declan "Elvis Costello" McManus some 15ish years ago were ill-conceived, did nothing for the label's reputation, and, as my sources tell me, little to nothing for their bottom line.

    As for this latest round of amateur hour A&R, can Max Hole and his marketing geniuses be serious about this?

    Issuing a selection from a third-rate "rock opera" that was conceived, executed, edited, and marketed to the lowest common audience denominator (let's face it – "Tommy" is no "200 Motels") is several kilometers below embarrassing.

    And getting Alfie Moe to sing it is like slapping lipstick on slime mold.

    • Correction, “Quadrophenia”, just as bad as “Tommy.” I take responsibility for a moment of cerebral flatulence.

  • I don’t think anyone is suggesting that the combination of Alfie Boe and Pete Townshend amounts to classical music. It might not be my cup of tea either, but I don’t think it’s a moral issue. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

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