10 Reasons Music Lovers Should Avoid Urban Outfitters

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4. According to UO, John Coltrane is the only jazz musician ever born.

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Don't get me wrong, Coltrane was a genius. But there were and are other geniuses in jazz. Arguably even better ones. From shirts and posters to UO's narrow LP selection, Coltrane is essentially the only jazz player represented here. I'm not saying ditch the Trane, but I'd just like to see some of those duplicates of A Love Supreme replaced with some Coleman, Mingus, or Sun Ra.

5. If you're dead, famous, and a musician, then you're also a shirt at Urban Outfitters.

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Courtesy of Jonathan Patrick

Hendrix, Elvis, Biggie, Tupac, Marley, Cobain: They're all images constantly recycled at UO. Certainly, these figureheads are worthy of remembrance, but perpetual commercial re-appropriation has to be one of the absolute worst ways to go about it. Considering these artists' reputations are directly tied to cultural memory, it's a dangerous practice to continually reuse and abuse their likenesses in ways that are grossly out of context.

6. Even non-musical celebrities are exhumed and made-up like musicians.

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The perversion might not be full-on Orwell's Ministry of Truth, but it's not far off. At the very least, this is a mockery of Lee's disciplined legacy and a trivialization of the DJ art form. Granted, he may well have been a mean DJ, but that's beside the point.



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21 comments
Blooga
Blooga

Well all those hot topic kids had to have somewhere else to go....

Darren Kissinger
Darren Kissinger

Really thinking who gives a crap and why are you posting this? I think highly of the NT but this seems like your posting this because there's nothing better to post!

Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

Any uo employee. "Who's Ian Curtis?"

James Kufeldt
James Kufeldt

Call me a heretic but dark side was a ground breaking album. While I dig the psych stuff, most of the music after dark side had no heart and that's coming from gilmour. "We don't need no education." Perfectly illustrates one of the things that went wrong with hippie culture.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Que es urban outfitters, pora gringos?

Benjamin Pyper
Benjamin Pyper

Never buy vinyl or turntables there. They do have some rad ass shirts sometimes.

Dave Scrod
Dave Scrod

One reason everyone should avoid Urban Outfitters: it fucking sucks.

Aron Burrell
Aron Burrell

I've never shopped there never plan to. Bur what the fuck happened to objective journalism

sahamlin171
sahamlin171

This article is suspiciously lame....why? What do you know about anything you just said?

Jay Substation
Jay Substation

"... is a creative wasteland, a shortsighted cul-de-sac of trends and trash culture bent for capital gain..." cool writing that seems to be right on point

Alan M. Kafton
Alan M. Kafton

Easy solution on the vinyl and vinyl playback. 1) buy your vinyl at Stinkweeds, Tracks-in-wax, Revolver, and the bi-monthly record shows at the Italian-American Club. 2) buy an inexpensive, vintage turntable (and receiver) at Stinkweeds. 3) for a more sophisticated turntable (with free setup), go around the corner and visit Arizona Hi-fi. End of story.

boingo
boingo

What a pretentious bunch of claptrap (I'm talking about this article, not Urban Outfitters).

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