An Open Letter To Kele Okereke

23 May

Dear Kele,

What happened? Why have you gone solo? I’m sure you have your reasons. Your band went from indie darlings to disco darlings in the space of three albums. And it was the middle of those three that was truly the best of the lot. You’d found your sound! Please Kele, get back together with these guys:

You know you want to get back together with the other members of Bloc Party really. Or at least I hope you do. If you had simply split up then this would not have been so bad. What’s hard to stomach is the fact that you’ve gone solo. But instead of being more experimental and trying new things like your apparent hero Bjork did when she left The Sugarcubes, you’ve decided to go to the dark side. And by dark side I mean this:

What on earth is this? This is commercial selling out, that’s what this is! Now, I know Bloc Party were always popular but you had integrity! You had pride! But now you’ve gone and spoilt it all by doing something stupid like going dance (well, techno might have gone better with that poor attempt of simulating an old, sentimental song). “Tenderoni” has the same beats, melody and, er, structure of every other dance song in the charts – if I was more interested in the genre, I would probably have been able to name where that awful, awful sample came from. But I can’t. Because that kind of music is unacceptable rubbish (remember, these are just my opinions, so disagree if you want).

I’m disappointed in you Kele. What happened to this:

This was your best song – “The Prayer” was that step forward in the right direction but now you’ve just gone off the beaten track to the evil mountains. For the love of god, please get back together with Bloc Party and start making tunes like “The Prayer” again. Then I might consider forgiving you.

Yours sincerely,



2 Responses to “An Open Letter To Kele Okereke”

  1. hushhushaffair May 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    You sure he’s coming back?
    I guess no. As he already said recently at a solo gig: “Now here’s a track from a band i used to play in…”
    Sad but true…

  2. Pie June 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Ibeefaaa – oy yoyyy!

    Thanks for posting both songs so I could compare and contrast as I know of Bloc Party, but have never really heard them. Prayer sounds nice and raw, whereas this other one, I’ll call it tenderloin, is over produced. I don’t have a problem with that kind of dance music if it’s a decent tune, but I couldn’t even hear his voice properly.

    If Kele wants to try something new, then perhaps we should give him the space to let him get on with it. Let’s hope it’ll be like Dylan when he went electric and eventually proved the doubters wrong rather than a long suicide note.

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