If you were a performer that was generally considered so atrocious that an interviewer actually asked if you’d be willing to stop singing for the right amount… you’d think a person could take that as a hint. James Blunt seems to have possibly gotten the point, but says people will really have to pay up if they want him to shut his whiney mouth. The horse faced singer, known for atrocious tunes and romancing the ladies, gave a recent interview to Uncut magazine, where he said he’s not so stupid (or so proud, apparently) to say no to a decent offer.
HERE’S the news a lot of people have been waiting for… James Blunt has promised to quit singing if we stump up enough cash.
Despite his success, Blunt has been dogged by criticisms of his cheesy tunes and his “posh” military background.
And now he has finally been worn down by the opposition to his brand of melodic pop.
He told Uncut magazine: “If someone is prepared to pay me enough, I’ll stop.”
“There’s a good deal of inverse snobbery about all this. My background ought to be irrelevant. It’s bizarre that I should attract all this aggression. Any judgment made on that level is a form of prejudice. But, I’m travelling around the world and no one else seems aware of my very stupid speaking voice, which is all it is.”
[From the Daily Record]
The article is built around the premise that people are annoyed by Blunt because of his military service and how often he talks about it. While I suppose that could play a part in it, I think they’re really annoyed by Blunt’s music. And his face. There’s just something about that whine that makes me one to commit acts of violence I will keep to myself. But I think pinning it on military service is a convenient way to say “it’s not about me or my ‘talent,’ it’s about people’s issues with the military.” Um, no, you just suck.
Luckily the good people over at The Sun are trying to raise the necessary funds as we speak. I hope they open it up to the public – I will be making a record donation.
Here’s James Blunt on December 9th. Images thanks to PR Photos.