Are you sitting comfortably? Well, it all started back in March with Dannyâ€™s post about Surface Unsigned.
A couple of months later (on 15 May) Danny received a threatening email from Surface Unsigned which worried him. After a weekend of checking that CiB had done nothing wrong, the original post was amended and an addendum was posted.
Cat Bray was amused. Russ L made me laugh. Goodfaf Central chipped in. Birmingham Alive put up a banner. Simon Gray posted on his blog and on The Stirrer forum where an interview with Surface was promised â€™soonâ€™ (as if that forum and the comments section of an increasing number of blog posts didnâ€™t give them enough space to reply/apologise).
And the blog posts did increase, with contributions from Brenda Dada, Bobbie Gardner, Si Hammond, Mabblog, The Careless Gene (aw, one of my faves), Graphiquillan, Art Stalking Ana and New Folder. Andrew Dubber pondered pay-to-play on New Music Strategies while Antonio Roberts got visual.
Dave Harte got forensic on his Birmingham Post blog, revealing who was behind Surface, shortly before the interview on The Stirrer appeared with the representative of Surface asking not to be identified (hello to Jay, probably). The interview discussed pay-to-play but not sending unnecessarily aggressive emails. Dave Harte cross-posted to his own blog, where dp wisely commented that
itâ€™s interesting watching this thing unfold, partly because itâ€™s going through phases, where the first reaction was indignation, then organised criticism, then more reflective stuff
By the end of the day Danny was feeling much happier.
But it didnâ€™t stop there, with Ben Neal (who once played at Surface) saying hi. The Getgood Guide got with the LOLspeak. Stef examined what Surface should perhaps have done (executive summary – anything but what they did) and even the Daily Mirrorâ€™s forum received the good news. Paul Thewlis threw a link in, as did Who Knows Where Thoughts Come From. Dunc from the Autumn Store says we donâ€™t need battle-of-the-band contests.
And so on.
Todayâ€™s the day weâ€™re supposed to take down the original post. Weâ€™re not going to, obviously – Dannyâ€™s still not even received an apology.
However, as far as CiBâ€™s concerned I intend to draw a line under the matter with this post (the comments are still open of course). Itâ€™s been fun but weâ€™ve made our point. I for one would rather turn my attention to the many positive things happening in Birmingham (although every time I Google â€˜Surface Unsignedâ€™ I stare hungrily at all the forums that appear).
Iâ€™d just like to say thanks to those who have offered support, kind words and legal advice over the past few days. Youâ€™re beautiful people.