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FUNK GUMBO 5 - Irene Merring - Part 2 - David L. $Money Train$ Watts & Howard Hobson - Funk Gumbo Radio @IreneMerring

FUNK GUMBO 5 - Irene Merring - Part 2 - David L. $Money Train$ Watts & Howard Hobson - Funk Gumbo Radio @IreneMerring

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9-15-2011 - Written By: David L. $Money Train$ Watts & Howard Hobson – Funk Gumbo Radio

Funk Gumbo Radio is greatly honored that the highly talented and very opinionated Irene Merring is doing Part 2 of our Funk Gumbo 5 Questions. Hearkening back to the days when music poured from the heart, Irene Merring combines her powerful voice, attitude, flare, and exotic sex-appeal with a tortured songwriting style reminiscent of her influences Kurt Cobain and Robert Smith of The Cure.
9-15-2011 - Written By: David L. $Money Train$ Watts & Howard Hobson – Funk Gumbo Radio

Funk Gumbo Radio is greatly honored that the highly talented and very opinionated Irene Merring is doing Part 2 of our Funk Gumbo 5 Questions. Hearkening back to the days when music poured from the heart, Irene Merring combines her powerful voice, attitude, flare, and exotic sex-appeal with a tortured songwriting style reminiscent of her influences Kurt Cobain and Robert Smith of The Cure.

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FUNKGUMBO 5 
9-15-2011 - Written By: David L. $Money Train$ Watts & Howard Hobson
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Funk Gumbo Radio
Funk Gumbo Radio is greatly honored that the highly talented and very opinionated IreneMerring is doing Part 2 of our Funk Gumbo 5 Questions. Hearkening back to the dayswhen music poured from the heart, Irene Merring combines her powerful voice, attitude,flare, and exotic sex-appeal with a tortured songwriting style reminiscent of her influencesKurt Cobain and Robert Smith of The Cure.
FUNK GUMBO 4:
 We follow you on various social media sites andnotice that you're very passionate about certain topics and issues.What ticks you off politically, socially and musically? What gives youhope in those areas as well? 
IRENE MERRING:
 
Well 1st off, thank you for the support. It’s good to know peopleare actually reading my various rants about the state of our society. Lol. I think it’s a
shame that not enough young people take a stand for OR against ANYTHING at ALLpolitically. It seems
that young people today are more concerned with who’s dating who on
social networks than they are about what our future is going to look like on this planet 20years from now. In my opinion, the state of our society as it stands right now will lead to aw
orld that resembles the movie Idiocracy! Children and Teens aren’t putting enough valueinto education. And parents don’t seem to be teaching their children what it means to value
themselves and their fellow humans.
 
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Socially speaking, there are things in our society that sadden me so deeply. Growing up, Ibelieved strongly in the values of the Riot Grrrl Movement where women encouraged each other to be empowered. They supported each other. They formed bands together. It was a
community. Today, I turn on my television and I see shows like the “Bad Girls Club”
where females are pinned AGAINST one another violently and abusively. What kind of message does t
his portray? This says to men that they shouldn’t respect women because wedon’t even respect ourselves. And this says to younger women watching, that they should
overthrow the female next to them in order to get ahead. I believe that unity is the only wayto make a strong statement against any authority. Be it government, corporations etc. Ithink my same concerns bleed over into the music business as well.Growing up, I believed in the Grunge Movement. Where bands were genuine fans of eachother and woul
d go to see each other’s shows. Wear each other’s Tee Shirts, promote eachother etc. And it was a community that was about the art. I don’t see enough of that unityin today’s business. In fact, what I DO see, is TOO much of, everyone trying to jump on th
e
bandwagon of what is the “cool, popular” genre of music to do and then become that type
of artist. Not because they are ACTUALLY inspired by that music but because they wantto make a buck. Or they are afraid that if they do the music that truly inspires them it will
never be heard so they feel they HAVE to do what’s selling at the time to have a successful
career. They sacrifice art for fame. I love to dance just as much as the next person. Butthere is a time and place for that. When it comes down to when I want to be inspired, thelast thing I want to hear is a song about how hot you are because you work out, or that youare popping bottles in the club. Especially when the reality is that you have $2 in your bank
account. It’s so phony! The worst is the
misogynistic songs that exploit and objectifywomen. And it hurts me to see women cosign on those songs. There is definitely hopehowever.
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In today’s, day and age, DIY has taken on a whole new meaning than it did in the Punk 
Rock/Grunge days. There are SO many avenues today for artists to get their work outthere and be heard. Bands are able to build fan bases, get press, make great videos andprofessional sounding records without a big budget. Radio stations such as Funk GumboRadio provide avenues for black rock musicians to be heard who may not be heardotherwise. The Afro-Punk scene and The Black Rock Coalition support black musiciansdoing rock music as well. My Mom is West Indian so naturally, this is of course animportant issue for me! And I am happy to see black rock musicians coming together theway we are!
Also, in this day and age, you don’t have to depend on regular radio stations to hear new
music. Online radio is a great way to hear undiscovered music! Pandora and Spotify arealso great ways to check out new music. I think the downside is that our society is adecadent one that tends to take a great thing and over do it to a point that it becomes amockery of itself. And that the gate keepers want you to do all the work for them beforeeven CONSIDERING taking a chance on you. And even then, they may not take you on.The market is over-saturated because technology has allowed everyone who CAN be an
“artist” TO be an “artist”. And just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you
always SHOULD.
The days of the superstar are gone and nobody gets “discovered”anymore. It’s hard to get rich doing what you love m
ost. But if you truly love music, myopinion is, you may as well take the freedom to be a genuine artist rather than a follower.
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