2004-07-08 - 11:26 a.m.
Dear Mr. Mo:
> I saw you perform before the They Might Be Giants
> show in Madison,
> Wisconsin. I don't expect you to remember, but I
> shook your hand and said
> that I'd never heard an accordion rock so hard
> before. I've just finished
> listening to your album I Hope You Win!, and I would
> like to make a request.
> Could you please rescue us from the current state of
> popular music? I
> understand that I'm charging you with a big quest,
> but myself and others
> like me are looking for heroes. Many have tried --
> oh, how they have tried.
> They Might Be Giants have been releasing
> consistently good music for
> years, and they're still under the radar. Older
> acts like Blue Oyster Cult
> have tried to rescue us by releasing good new music,
> but I don't think
> anybody's listening. "Weird Al" Yankovic used to
> sort of have the accordion
> thing going on, but now he's almost a tool of the
> mainstream media. The
> family of the late Frank Zappa keeps unearthing
> unreleased recordings, but
> they only appeal to Zappa fans.
> I think the problem comes from the fact that
> everybody's heard of these
> bands, and they're not willing to investigate even
> the possibility of
> something new and innovative from them. Meanwhile,
> the music industry keeps
> shoving Britney down our throats, and we keep buying
> her. Unfortunately, I
> cannot offer you the resources, industry
> connections, or knowledge to fix
> it, but the music industry really needs a jump
> start. As far as I can tell,
> Corn Mo is the kind of jump start I'm talking about.
> Think about it, okay? The people need you.