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SOUL UNSIGNED - BACK FROM BUTLINS
Phil Driver / 2010-08-08 18:31:24
My trip to Butlins with Mrs Soul Unsigned and her two nieces was an interesting experience. I hadn’t realised how infiltrated the famous holiday resort company has become by the whole X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent bandwagon.
I was surprised to see that most of the “artists” on the evening entertainment were rejects from past shows. This is great if you’re a keen follower, but as I refuse to watch any of them, I only vaguely recognised the names of the “star performers”.
On the positive side, this meant I could judge them from what I saw on the night, rather than from any hyped-up reputation. Bottom line, I’m afraid, is that they all struck me as reasonably good karaoke singers. Nothing more, nothing less.
What I found most irritating, though, was the insistence of the Butlins M.C. in interviewing each act after their performance. This involved asking banal questions like “How much has X-Factor/BGT changed your life?” and “Just how grateful are you to Simon Cowell for getting you out of that crappy checkout job at Tesco?”
In the end, I came away with the sad realisation that dear old Butlins, just like the rest of the UK entertainment world, has sold its soul to Mr Cowell.
Check out the Soul Unsigned show on Exite Radio, every Thursday evening at 20:00, for a selection of the best independent soul music from around the world.
Playlist (Aug 5th Show)
Leroy Burgess – It’s the weekend (Patchworks remix)
Tyrone Lee – Taste
Demetrius Price – Love is so hot
Agapesoul – Tell me where it hurts
Walter Christopher – So amazing
Nate White – Cant do without you
TCX – Inspired
Chandlar – Never thought
Joi Marshall – A house divided
Jason Mitchell – Make you mine
Soul Cycle – Prototype
Ebru – No good for me
Lindsay Wynn – November moon
Funkatized – Syndicate