Monday, December 18, 2006

NECROMANTICAL STEW



So, the hauntology virus has spiralled out of control, bringing us cold war spy revival and a Peter Sutcliffe tribute act in Ipswich. ME? I never got into the Belbury Poly album, found it far too laid back and twee. Surely the whole point's to mash things up a bit, not just do what Pram were doing back in the 1990s (Pram songs included The Owl Service, named after a 1969 British psychedelic childrens' ghost film). There doesn't seem to be any attempt to bring the past (real or imagined) crashing into the present to hijack the future. Whatever 'it' is that Belbury Poly's delved into the past to bring us back might just about make the grade as a Young Marble Giants B-side. Hauntology will be used as a political tool for the liberation of mankind (dead or alive), or it shall not be at all!!

Admittedly, I'm not really interested in Delia Derbyshire, probably putting me in a minority of one - I'm more into what K-Punk once termed 'Grim Britannia', and in particular 1974-1979 - the era of Conservative Party regroupment. Aided by fascist organisations such as Ross Mc Whirter's and Jane Birdwood's Self Help, the National Association for Freedom (NAFF), GB 75, the Economic League, Column 88 and Ian Sproat's 'Social Security Scroungers Campaign', the Tories plotted a 'New Britain', conceived almost entirely as a replica of junta-controlled Argentina *. In terms of politics, the early 1980s seem infinitely more whacked out to me than any of the spectres you'll detect in 1950s sci-fi. Check out archive news footage for the surreal sight of Nottinghamshire pit scabs donning balaclavas and boarding coaches with mesh wire windows, flanked by a police convoy for protection as they broke the Miners' Strike - surely an apt commentary on the nature of WORK itself. I went to Belbury Poly - and all I got was this lousy diploma.

(*Maggot might shed a tear over Pinochet's festering cadaver, but the amount of UK support given to the Argentinian regime, both before and after the Falklands, puts the lie to any chat about the old cunt being a 'good ally' in 1982. To hell with nationality - New Britain and Argentina were valuable experiments in the neo-right's crusade against working class collectivity. Which begs the question, how do we interpret the 'Falklands War'? A disembodied, lunatic howl in the mirror? Incidentally, if the Belgrano and the Sheffield were obliterated as part of some sick occult ritual, a sordid, mutually agreed pair of sacrifices to sprinkle the wilting crops of capitalism with human blood, the people must be informed, NOW).

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Anyway, here's some end of year slag-offs

DIRTY PRETTY THINGS - shit!

THE FRATELLIS - shit!

THE KOOKS - shit!

THE AUTOMATIC - shit!

THE KILLERS - shit!

BOB SINCLAR - Oh, you really are one slimey monkey cunt! Stuff your cheery whistling up your Berlin Love Parade, scheisshund

THE FEELING - shit! Admittedly, I've only heard one single and haven't gone near the rest of the songs on the album. But if a childkiller struck once, would you wait for him to do so again 12 TIMES before apprehending the bastard? ("Yes!" - John Reid)

LILY ALLEN - You know when you're reading a review and it's gushing on about how there's nothing more glorious than teenage girls making pop, summer tunes bubbling with love and life, and how you'd have to be a misogynist bore to not understand where she's coming from - and THEN you look at the pic of the reviewer, and think, You're a 38-year old man with a Paul Weller haircut, what the FUCK do you know about how teenage girls feel?

SKREAM - Reader - do you ever suffer from sleep paralysis? It's a most curious phenomenon. Sufferers tend to report the same symptoms - a feeling of being awake, but physically unable to move, with some dark shadow figure hissing and trying to suffocate them in their beds. Seriously, some folks have been known to go barmy from it, and end up bingeing on amphetamines just to avoid falling asleep. ME? Oh, it's a pain in the arse, but I've had it enough times to just feel utterly contemptuous of the whole rigmarole. The last time I had it (about 2 months ago), my duvet 'came alive' and rearranged itself into the features of a giant hookworm, bearing down on me and pressing its maw to my face while its body tried to crush my ribcage. I looked up in despair at the ceiling, noticed the chandelier - well, that was a dead giveaway that it was a dream. So you lie there, knowing it's a load of bollocks, thinking "Oh for fuck's sake, wake up" while this, er, giant cloth parasite does its best to smother you.

Isn't it odd, though, that so many people get the same impression of a tall, dark figure in the room? Why is this? Is it a state security mind control technique? Maybe it's an incubus! Maybe, dear and sweet reader, I'm writing this garbage oblivious to the fact that I've been bumfucked by an evil spirit!** Which brings us back to hauntology, but I'll sidestep the Burial album, Skream's self-titled debut was way better.

FAITHLESS - They're back! Soldiering on against an apathetic world! The problem I've always had with Faithless, even when they were doing their LKJ meets The Beat stompy stuff on tunes like Mass Destruction, is that they remind me of a pillhead called Gareth who was going to write "the definitive book on Ecstasy". I've alluded to this before, but his plan was to knock out this sort of clubbers' bible consisting of a) a barely fictionalised account of some idiot who discovers E (ie, himself) and has a lot of cool escapades b) a theory that if everybody took E, the world would achieve a bloodless revolution and an end to all conflict. Chewing on his tongue like a laboratory rat, he once told me that this revolution was easy to achieve. Groups of converts to the Mighty E would travel around the world on a perpetual adventure. Whenever they met strangers, they'd persuade them to try an E. Said strangers would then be won round, and in turn would do their duty by distributing Es to any strangers they met. Somehow, at some unspecified date, the children of the revolution would approach the WhiteHouse (presumably in a spray-painted ambulance, blasting out Insomnia) and Clinton would graciously accept an E, thus securing world peace.

I asked him how this E revolution would help homeless people, or very young children. He was also upset that I'd arrogantly pissed on his parade by suggesting that trying to persuade strangers to take a pill might actually run the risk of arrest or a slap in the kisser. He then became really narked with me because I'd spent some time with his girlfriend, which suddenly became inconclusive proof that I was trying to wisecrack my way into her pants. But what killed him was the time I played a NASENBLUTEN tape while on one. He was mortified that I could mix the the drug of universal peace with 300 bpm raw bovver-techno classics like Cuntface,Cocksucker, Fuck Anna Wood, Rotterdam Takes It Up The Ass, Blows T'The Nose, Aim At The Brain, Greedy Bitch and Dirty Rotten Bastard. This is what being young's about, alienating your peers and puncturing their dreams of becoming literary sensations!! Anyway, I can't listen to Faithless without thinking of him, so fuck them.

My favourite newspaper headline of the year, without a doubt : I WATCHED HUMAN GUINEA PIGS EXPLODE, after the Northwick Park Hospital drug test went wrong (possibly the Mirror, but can't remember for sure now). Close runner-up, from Islington Times: BONFIRE NIGHT YOBS RUN RAMPAGE


(** -a famous psychiatrist attributes the presence of the 'shadow figure' to those old SPIRIT OF DARK AND LONELY WATER public information films they used to show on TV - if you haven't got a clue what I'm talking about, search for it on Youtube)

(Coming soon - BTI XMAS PICTURE POST SPECIAL!!)
Comments:
Thank you for the good word on The Fratellis. I was starting to think it was just me.A soulless amalgam of XTC and Franz Ferdinand and hyped beyond belief. Shit.
Well, SHIT, actually. Hang on,can I do HTML in here? SHIT. Oh yeah.
 
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