Wednesday, December 21, 2005

More Ben Folds discussion...

Deano has readily taken up the 'Ben's an odd one' debate over at Meditations on the Abyss, particularly responding to the point that Ben's gigging crowd remains stuck at 22...

Ben's writing has really matured [...] there's a lot more serious emotional stuff on Songs for Silverman than anything before.
But the fanbase, the fanbase hasn't. A friend pointed out to me the average age of the people at the Birmingham gig – studenty types. If they'd been fans from the start they'd have been singing Underground when they were ten!


It's a strange fact that the fans that turn out to see Ben are always these 20-somethings. This means that he *must* be picking up new, young fans all the time and this really is a hugely rare achievement. And he doesn't 'revinvent' himself, either - the usual reason giving for keeping a young fanbase. So how *does* he do it. That one I'm not really anywhere near answering, other than the hope that it's proof that talent will out.

4 comments:

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

I'd have said that it may be explained by the antipathy of gig attending by thirty something crowds - but that's clearly rubbish. Perhaps, for some reason, they don't tend to want something more/different in the live experience from him compared to the records? But they must have been attending the gigs when THEY were 22 so... that doesn't work either.

No. Sorry. Stumped to answer it all ways round.

Mellie Bean said...

I think it might have to do with 30 somethings having "proper jobs" that they need to get up for in the morning and thus forgoing the late night gigs ...

but I could be totally utterly and completely wrong.

AnnaWaits said...

That struck me too, but as I say, they turned out for Rufie...!

Deano said...

Yeah, seeing bands like The Divine Comedy, REM and James live I've always seen a lot of older 30-somethings about.
Ben Folds gigs are the only ones I go to and end up feeling old at 22!