Saturday, June 21, 2003

Article in POP Magazine

Below is a copy of The Letter to the editor that appeared in the June 20, 2003 issue of POP magazine in regards to a review of Mockingbird Lane that appeared in the May 30th, 2003 issue. 

Attack on local musician Christophe in recent review outrages, disgusts Shawnee reader

Dear Editor,

I am writing to voice my outrage and disgust at the review written on Mockingbird Lane in your May 30 issue of pop. I was sitting with Christophe (Mockingbird Lane lead singer) and Doug (Hill, pop writer) while the interview was being done. I know for a fact that most of what was printed in that article was either misquoted or written completely out of context.

For example, the comment about the Chainsaw Kittens was taken directly out of a side conversation Christophe and I were having. Christophe told Doug very clearly that he wished to show no disrespect toward any local Oklahoma-based bands.

As for "misogynistic songs and lyrics that are degrading towards women," Mockingbird Lane plays only two songs which could be considered questionable. The first being a cover of the song "Dead Girls Don't Say No" written by William "B.J." Sands and originally performed by Shawnee-based band The Rejected, which although twisted tells the story of a man obsessed with a love he can never obtain to the point of taking it the only way he can. The second being "From Hell," a song based on the historical figure Jack the Ripper, which neither advocates nor condones the serial kiler's actions. The song is in no way graphic. It merely tells of a piece of history. I see no reason for Doug's personal attack on Christophe in saying he is distasteful and lacking gentility. Anyone who knows Christophe, and I have for 10 years, knows that is a blatant misrepresentation of the man.



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