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A couple of weeks ago I was banging on about us being 625th in the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll. I thought that was pretty DARN exciting, and would have been more than happy with that result but, dear listener, this morning I received an email I could scarce believe.

According to Rolling Stone's Well Hung At Dawn column, "This Is Not A Library" was THE record of 2003. BLOODY HELL! and CRIKEY! Here's what it says:
RECORD OF THE YEAR

MJ Hibbett and the Validators, This Is Not a Library (Artists Against Success) OutKast are all well and good, but we're not ashamed to admit that all the hippin' and a-hoppin' and the bippin' and a-boppin' says nothing to us about our lives. Whereas an insanely prolific, remarkably witty bespectacled thirtysomething comic book geek from the Midlands, working the classic C-86 idiom in genuine obscurity, hustling his music on the darkest outskirts of popular culture? You know it!

The criminally unknown Mark Hibbett speaks the words we feel inside, prolix and verbose songs of nationalism, privatization, nostalgia, social injustice, body fascism, media overload, illicit sex and pub life, adorned with twee girl backing vox, martial trumpets and bountiful ba-ba-bas. Fuck the fucking Libertines -- this is the true face of post-millennial Albion!

As of today, This Is Not a Library has sold a mere eighty copies. Well Hung readers, get thee to www.mjhibbett.com immediately and push the Sales-Totaliser to 100! Not only will you be purchasing a bloody great record, you'll be striking a blow for indie rock troubadours everywhere!
I mean to say - CRUMBS! Bloody hell! Eh? What? LUMME. Who'd've thought it eh? WOW!

I'm quite pleased about it really!

posted 23/3/2004 by MJ Hibbett

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