Arulpragrasam…had to cut short her U.S. tour and go home to London, she said, because her visa has expired. “So this might be my last Philadelphia party ever,” she said. If so, she went out with a bang.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer, found via Pull Up The People (aka Missing In Acton). Also at the latter site, there’s an interesting discussion about the use of M.I.A.’s music for certain stuff on MTV, and it does all sound pretty atrocious. I’m personally quite happy that she’s gotten as famous as she has, but MTV is kind of a repulsive atmosphere these days, and I couldn’t even watch most of the clips from her “artist of the week” stint with them (bombarded with bad commercials, bad atmosphere, bad interview questions, every thing just really bad). But apparently, the worst part was that her music was in these basically irrelevant bad shows and promos (which I knew nothing about) as well as, according to one commenter, “some debate with McCain” (say what?!)… So Maya is not beyond criticism (surely she didn’t have to let all of this happen, etc.), but then again, if I were dealing with what she’s been dealing with these past couple of months – grueling tour schedule and so on – I wouldn’t know what to do and would probably be losing my mind. (Though it’s not a bad thing to get all that money and recognition – not the worst way to lose your mind I suppose…)
I and some others out there are also chalking it up to touring burnout, etc., when we read and hear this stuff that she’ s been saying (over the last couple of weeks now) about how she’s going to quit music with Kala, is not going to make a third album, etc. Should we really believe that? Maybe I just don’t want to believe it, but I know I’ve seen rock stars make these kinds of proclamations many times before, and they rarely turn out to be true.
In any event, flaws notwithstanding, she is the greatest thing that’s been happening in pop music-plus (at least that I know about) for these past couple of years at least, and I sure do hope this journey doesn’t end…