I can't keep my mouth shut about the Kometfabriken story that spread like a wildfire throughout the Swedish speaking parts of Finland this week. I was at Vasabladet (who scooped the story, jee) when the story was written, so that's partly why I became interested. But my present interest also springs from the fact that I've been strangely fascinated by Kometfabriken since they started.
For those of you who doesn't know, Kometfabriken is a Fenno-Swedish band, fronted by Fredrik Furu, who was also a Fame Factory pupil in Sweden. The thing about them is that they are seem to be completely absorbed by the idea of being the prettiest, most commercial, soulless, wishy-washy rock act on the planet. But maybe I got it wrong. At least they don't seem to be ashamed about it at all. I have to give them credit for being so completely honest about their intentions. More honest than I am, perhaps.
Anyway, the tip that came in was that Kometfabriken had made a sort of coup to get to the top of the singles chart. They had in some way managed to get a lot of companies to buy their single “Gott nytt år“ as a gift for their employees. It is well known that they have mighty business contacts, as two of the members are board members in a big Finnish company, in addition to being millionaires. The rumour was that it was this company that had bought tons of records, but I think it was false. But Furu admitted that they had personally picked up a lot of (700+) copies of the single from the distribution (Anttila in Vasa) to deliver them to the companies. The amount sold to real people on the street was obviously just a tiny fraction of all the records sold. Anttila in Vasa had sold 40 or something (quite a feat in itself, I admit...).
And I haven't even heard the song, yet. But my take on this issue is, yes, it was a slightly dubious way to boost sales, but it wasn't obviously illegal. But was it smart? Clearly, this band wants to be famous (don't we all?). In order to gain reputation, they wanted to top the single chart. When you do that, people may take notice. But now, they got kind of bad press doing it. So, was it worth it? I don't know if it's proper to speak of “artistic credibility“, but the shortcuts attempted by Kometfabriken makes them look kind of, I don't know, desperate. They have to make one hell of an album now.
Nicke wasn't responsible for the rather mean headline in Vbl. We discussed this and I was of course rather amused with the wholy story, but still, it just feels small-minded to exploit the obvious opportunity to make fun of them. On the other hand, I wouldn't want to give them special treatment just because they are from around. Hbl was even meaner towards them.
I wish I could just step back and say “not my thing“, but I can't. I have to get provoked, jealous and angry. I sense that Kometfabriken will haunt me for some time now.
written by Mattias