Not Even Bands On Vice Records Read “Vice” Magazine

Mar 5th, 2007 // 3 Comments

blocparty.jpgKele Okerke–the lead singer of anthemically anthemic British band Bloc Party–has suddenly decided that signing to Vice magazine’s record label is a “Don’t.” In an interview, he lamented the decision to partner with the label, which distributes the group’s albums in the U.S.:

He moans, “That’s one of the things that I most regret about our history. I wish I’d voiced my concerns at the time, articulated them more clearly.

“The people that we work with are lovely, and they’re a separate company from the magazine, but Vice the brand just fills me with dread, really. It’s a real kind of nasty vortex, where any decency and general compassion to other people has just been completely obliterated.

“I don’t know if the magazine is still like that, but it certainly was very much so back then.”

We appreciate Okerke’s apparent eagerness to bite the hand that feeds him, but couldn’t he have brought this up when the band first hooked up with the label more than two years ago? It wasn’t as if the Vice brand was any less repugnant back then. As for the magazine editors themselves, they’ve yet to comment on the remarks, noting that they’re busy finishing up a new feature on the 100 Totally Awesome Crypto-Fascists Of All Time.

Bloc Party Call US Label A ‘Nasty Vortex’ [Gigwise]

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  1. douglasmartin

    i vividly remember kele saying something about vice’s disgusting display of hatred in an internet publication or something during the press for “silent alarm.” i’m not a fact-checker by any means, but i’m sure amid all of the endless bandwidth space, you’d be able to find it.

    i haven’t read vice in a while, but that’s after i vowed never to read their filth for the remainder of my natural life. i’m doing a pretty good job at it, too.

  2. Maulleigh

    they’ve got a point. I used to like Vice but I used to cringe every time I turned a page wondering what horror was waiting for me. They really turned me off when they put a goldfish in a bowl of vinegar just to see what would happen. Ha ha ha!! Isn’t that funny?!! Guess what happened?!! IT DIED!!! ha ha ha ha!! Isn’t that wild and crazy? Zany? EDGY?!!!

  3. Steverino

    Kind of hypocritical of them. They probably won’t be dropped but they should at least have to take a whiff of the gross jar.

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