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By The Mean Little Man
And The Mean Little Man is back! Ok. It
been hit and miss now for rants and other such love notes for the past two
years. And I know you malcontent mouth-breathers are all saying, Yeah,
sure! See you again in 9 months!
But the site is back. Its buggier than Courtney Loves
skivvies and has more holes than Lori Hacking, but the rants are back and the
rest is coming. What happened? What caused such a huge downtime!!?!
The money-grubbing asshole machine that is the music
industry spanked my Internet music partners. We had tons o crap up for
damned near free on MP3.com back when it had a soul.
After working with the service for over 5 years, since it
was part of wav.com, they went through what latte-enema swilling yuppie
dickheads call a paradigm shift. Rather than offer a service to the thousands
of independent musicians and artists willing to shell out yearly fees, it was
deemed better to toss up the same shit that can be found every where else.
The communications reform act has gone from a noble attempt
to infuse the cable and media industries with a little consumer-rewarding
competition, to a media butt plug thats been reaming the consumer since
Napster-gate. Currently about 6 companies control 90% of the airwaves and
content providers out there. Meaning that since the legislative walls came down
a single company can have controlling interests in television, music, radio and
movie industry outlets. In other words, if you want to get anywhere in
mainstream media, you better be real bland, really marketable and really really
submissive to your management. Why?
Well, if you piss off your record company, its not like you
can go elsewhere unless youre already HUGE. And that record company also
owns the movie company youre going to court for soundtrack residuals and
a cross-over to acting. They control the TV industry that will put you as a
guest on Everybody Blows Raymond to pump your latest oatmeal bullshit bland
offering, and can influence if youll ever see the light of an endorsement
contract. Theyre in bed with the Internet media to put your stuff out
there and the news programs that will review you, or divulge your dirtiest
Its beyond an ability to bury you. They can make you
go away. Completely.
The Internet was a godsend for music. I could go on and
search through thousands of artists and hundreds of thousands of songs to find
stuff I liked. But this didnt put a dime in the pockets of one of the Big
6, so they crushed it. Intimidating any established service with lawsuits and
threats so that now they all offer the same bland de-balled U2 song for $0.99
downloads. In a nutshell? MP3.com pussied out and all our artists lost the easy
conduit to reach you.
Thats only a part of it all. We ran into some serious
technical and message questions that had to be addressed. What was
MeanLittleMan.com? What did we want it to be? It all came about from Mean
Little man Productions about 10 years ago. My little foray into producing to
give untried and unpolished talent a vehicle. That worked, but you know what?
It was also my damned site to show off my idiocy, because I enjoy being an
But theres a contradiction there. To best serve the
artists the site had to be consumer-friendly, and aggressive in how it
conducted its business. In time if you do something good you either grow into a
major player, sell it out, or turn into a hack just spilling out the same spew,
each time with a little less passion. You can actually feel your dignity oozing
out of you like so much smegma.
We had ideas, but the site got to be a fucking mess. Harder
to clean up than a Chechen grade school gymnasium. Just to keep it going it
took so much fucking effort that we couldnt branch out into the new and
fun shit we wanted to do. So when MP3.com went down we lost our Internet music
service and hosting and CD sales capabilities. People jumped ship. Things got
fugly, so we tore it all down.
So its time to get back to roots, and not try to be anything
that were not. This site is dedicated to miscreants and malcontents.
Its mine. And Im gonna make it into what I wish was around back
before I turned into a poser sellout hack and still had a glimmer of hope in my
1) A place for the opinions of miscreants and malcontents.
Of course, who better but I to be the judge of such griminess and angst. I
didnt get dubbed The Mean Little Man for nothing you testicle
2) A place for independent music. No reaching for the stars
here. Were not going to put together some huge business model or a road
map for an artists success. Well have shit for musicians up soon.
Put your shit up? Well do what we can for any Mean Little Artist.
3) A place for Independent art and writing. Nothing fancy.
Its about getting it up, and keeping it up. Beyond that, what does anyone
4) Were gonna bust ass producing, but not let it take
us over. We dont have a lot of resources, so we cant go for shit
were not passionate about. LegendsMagazine.net is our brother in the biz
for a reason.
5) When in doubt? Offend. Fuckem all!
6) We wont go beyond who we are. There will be
mistakes. We leave them in on purpose. We will not censor. And if you
dont get it youll probably be just one more bucket of
monkey-spooj that writes how you hate me. If you like the site? Cool. Probably
an indicator youre a moron, have a dead hooker in the freezer, or both.
7) If you dont like it, then write every press person
you can you right or left-wing fascist fucktard. Remember, if youre gonna
burn it at the next juegen rally, buy 10 and get an angry mob discount.
So, were back, and not going away again. Got it?
Please voice your disappointment at our lack of demise.
Hugs and Smooches,
The Mean Little Man on 10-20-04
For music, yelling, spiked hair and strange dress,
visit The Mean Little Man at his official shrine on the web! (www.meanlittleman.com)