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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

National JCM News (Plus Queen Kwong)+Update

*Update with commentary- Metro/Sturr here, and naturally everybody is talking about this Kwong article in Detroit because it involves Detroit.  For that, you're welcome.  I also feel content that not a single album purchase/download will come from it.  The initial reaction (I've been watching) was outrage that she would throw the entire local scene under the bus.  That soon evolved into ripping on me because of it.  Fine, I've been doing this for 10 years.  I can take it as well as give it out.  But what I have been seeing is so 2018 dialogue.  "She was shamed by this sad guy for posting nudes of her!" Okay.  She willingly took professional "photos", was paid for it, made public, to jump start a modelling career before she wanted to be a rock star. That didn't work out.  Is any of what I just said wrong? Ok, next.  "She was harassed because she married the guy from Limp Bizkit."  After her failed modelling thing flamed out she decided to be a rock star so she hooked up with the Borland dude, which if you are familiar with his work with Limp Bizkit is also quite the attention whore. Hence the move to Detroit where every local publication was obligated to report on.  Was any of what I said just now wrong?  Ok, next-  She was booked on a small local music festival (her words...am I wrong?) that I was booked on and I did what I have done since 2008 and lambasted every band playing.  It's my schtick, and before you say it's old, the fact that we are talking about this schtick ten years later proves it isn't old.  Problem is, she had no idea it was coming and was soooo offended that somebody had something bad to say about her when she expected (or contracted) universal praise.  I have roasted every local band for years.  Ask the lead singer chick from the George Morris and Gypsy Chorus. She buckled and hijacked the Hamfest committee, and I was removed.  That should have been the end of this narrative.  But no, she has a new record coming out so it is a good time to hop on the complain about everything bandwagon to sell more records (spoiler alert, not gonna happen).  It just annoys me to see some of these online complaints "Ahhhhh Metro ruined it for all of us."  Ruined what?  I leave that job up to you. There have been so many bands who have benefitted from this blog and the attention it got them I can't keep track.  And you can add Queen Kwong to that list because if you take out the "woe is me" Detroit angle that article has no juice because it would only focus on her music which nobody cares about anyway. Good riddance. The original article is unedited below.






Well well well, it's Wrestlemania season, and April in the D has been quite boring.  Let me fix this.

The Independent (an international type of media) has published an article with Queen Kwong regarding her "much anticipated" hold on...one second.....hahahahahahaha, okay, much anticipated new record.  And I could stop the post here because that's all you need to know.  This article was posted two days ago and attempts to parlay the #metoo movement into publicity for a record nobody will care about.  The hashtag thing has been around for months but she finally addresses it now when it's so convenient and you have an album to shill!  First off here is the link to the article, and I want everybody who is in the local music scene in Detroit to read it all the way through (the first half is boring because it deals with her music) because even though I was the asshole mentioned in it, she throws the entire local Detroit music scene under the bus when so many came to her defense.


I could do a top ten list of quotes from this (after getting past the banal talk about her music).
Right off the bat we have the CF disability "slant", followed by the praise for the debut album nobody has heard of, followed by some of the most narcissistic comments I've read that would make even me blush.  Of note, no mention of her meal ticket husband because, let's be honest here, she wouldn't be where she is without.  For a spell, I stopped reading because it was quite boring.  Then I got to the heart of the piece....

Now airhead.....lets dance....

“It’s very bro-y and very exclusive. It’s a really terrible mindset because it doesn’t benefit anybody. It’s like, ‘if you’re not from Detroit then you shouldn’t be here’. There are a lot of great things about the city but the rock scene - not all of the bands of course - seems so bitter.”
- This could be applied to any city where a band is trying to make their name. From what I hear, Whine Kwong was well recepted by all bands in Detroit aside from me, who saw through the charade.  The Fest....oh wait that's next....
"It was such a casual thing, she felt, to say yes to a request for her to play a smaller festival. But another band, who’d never met her, who’d never seen her play before, who she’d never heard of, took exception."-  Here we go.  A "smaller fest" that bills itself as the largest local music fest in the nation.  Their word, not mine.  I bet the booking committee should prostrate themselves at the feet of this nobody because she agreed to play.  And to call back the previous quote about nobody coming to her aid, keep in mind everybody did, and JCM was kicked off the Fest.  Yeah, nobody coming to her aid.  Spare me.

"They found topless photographs of her, taken by a professional 10 years ago, and used them as their avatars on social media, “as proof that I was just a slut and that’s how I got to where I was”.- Never used any pics as avatars on social media.  Just was proving a point, and the point is pretty much true.  This is the point I bring up zero mention of her husband Wes Borland from Limp Biskit as the meal ticket again.

"What was most frustrating, she says, wasn’t the band. “They’re just f**king losers.” She felt more let down by how the local rock community responded. She decided to pull out of the festival (“then it was, ‘oh she has such thin skin!’) and found herself in a board meeting, of course mostly filled by men, who offered their takes on what had happened to her."- She felt let down by how the community responded.  We were kicked off the fucking festival!  This is getting to the absurd point.  I expect next year's fest has an all female board. Also this- "How is a photo of a topless girl a big deal"....coming from the idiot making it a big deal.  Our tambourine player has photos out there.  It's not a big deal......but it's a big deal when it benefits you.  ZZZZZZZ

"I actually took the topless picture of me that they used and I printed it on T-shirts, and I played the show, sold the shirts and gave the money to a women’s shelter. And I said I was never going to play Detroit again and I didn’t.”- Zero proof where the money went of course.  She never said she was never playing Detroit again because it was always in the cards and she was just using the fest and other local acts just like she sucks the life out of the room.  Once again, she never said anywhere she was never playing Detroit.  And I am just one band.  One person.  That's thin skin girl.  Everybody else in Detroit/Hamtramck/ and that little festival was on your side.  Just excuses.

So lets get to this. Kwong has a "much anticipated"  (hahahahahahahaha) album coming out, and decided to latch on to the trend of the moment to sell it (hahahahahahahahaha) so the easiest way was this.  Go back and re-read the article.  The first and last parts are so boring.  Basically unreadable.  Sleep inducing.  The only interesting stuff is the Detroit angle and how one band, no one person could affect somebody so tragically.  I hope she wrote a song about me.  I really do because somebody at the Independent wasted 2 days writing and editing this crap. This is a slap in the face to anybody who stuck up for her, including "all those men" at the Fest committee who booted me off and stuck up for her.  This article is your reward.....  Oh, and for old times sake....Hey, it's art!

From the Iceman Commeth
Bryan Metro

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

And here I thought we'd never hear from her again. She came to save Detroit but everyone was so mean! (You know, by kissing her ass constantly) Even the Dream Cruise gave her a hard time! Oh. Wait. She has a new album to promote? Got it. #perpetualvictim

Anonymous said...

Good to see you're back. Not a fan of the wrestling posts. Of course......the only person in Detroit to make a public post on this.

Bryan Metro said...

I posted this to let every fucking local act who stuck up for her crap band know exactly what she....or how she wants the media, to portray you as. It was one band, JCM, and specifically once person, me. This is a slap in the face.

Bryan Metro said...

Nearly every local act, along with the "small" largest local music fest in the nation sided with her. We were booted, she played. Everybody happy. And now this. Turning Detroit into an already tired narrative about oppression because she has already skipped town and has a new record to promote. To anybody who defended her when I predicted this would happen. Jokes on you...

Anonymous said...

Cracking up JCM made The Independent.

Anonymous said...

Poor Queen Kong...

Anonymous said...

Insane to realize that if JCM weren't kicked off Hamtramck Fest last year, none of this, the charity, the Kwong, the headaches for everybody would have happened. And JCM would have been a whole lot more boring.

Anonymous said...

What happened to their tv show by the way? The house makeover? Or was that just more carpetbagging?

Anonymous said...

Following the FB mess. More entertaining than HMF

Wes Borland said...

I wish everybody would stop talking about this. I spent a decade in a band I really didn't like and had to paint my face, and Jesus do you even know the fees for the contact lenses? Now I am in a relationship with some vampire who is using me to advance her own career. Show some damn sympathy. In approx 1 year after her next record fails she is going to fucking leave me. And then I will have nothing. No bad 90's band. No trophy wife. I will have nothing. So show some love. You know all of this is true. I would never lie to you.

Bryan Metro said...

Alright..... that last one was me :)

Anonymous said...

Lol did the Independent zap the comments?

Bryan Metro said...

It appears that way. For the record I contacted them to offer a different perspective on this situation, a perspective from somebody actually from Detroit, and the e-mail was ignored and the comments removed. Just a complete puff piece for a record nobody will buy.

Marcus Akers said...

Detroit definitely has an insular scene. But purely from a musical perspective, IMO Queen Kwong sucks and this hatchet piece is sour grapes from someone who's band wasn't embraced. And Limp Bizkit is just unforgivable.

Anonymous said...

Holy fuck. Her husband created bro-culture. She is a perfect example of privilege. The only reason she even got the NIN deal was because of her dad. Keep throwing that money around.

Bryan Metro said...

How dare you have a brain??!!!! Get off my blog

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