Der Guardian hatte gestern einen schönen Artikel über Mike „The Streets“ Skinners neu aufgeflammte Online-Aktivität, er twittert und bloggt und schreibt Songs als Antworten auf Tweets und Comments. Im obigen Video entwortet er auf den Artikel des Guardians, in dem sich der Author unter anderem darüber beschwert, dass Skinner nicht mehr über seinen Hangover twittert – also zeigt ihm The Streets, wie man so 'nen richtig schönen dicken Kopf bekommt und raucht einen ordentlichen Joint.
what Skinner has done is turn a one-way sermon into a discourse, breaking down barriers between fan and band with a simplicity that an arty hardcore group such as Lightning Bolt (who perform on the floor, rather than the stage, because, like, we're all the same) might envy.
The new Streets website – which is more of a blog, really – principally contains odd videos of swans dying and badly edited pieces about why Skinner doesn't like owning a phone. But it's also become a dumping ground for ideas – many of which have started out in the minds of Streets fans, not Skinner's.
Skinner, you see, has taken to replying to his followers' tweets in the form of a video blog. Some of these tweets have become songs, the most recent being Cinema Barz, which was posted last Tuesday, the result of Skinner answering followers @shetlandshaun, @bec_brough and @glory55, and incorporating their call and responses into the song.
It's likely just a way to pass the time, but it shows Skinner isn't using Twitter as an extension of ye olde subscription list, a platform from which to shout information. Skinner isn't just telling fans what he's up to; he's effectively writing music with them, including them in the creative process and creating an ephemeral rehearsal room of sorts.