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Saturday, June 19, 2004

BOBBY PLANT

Well, I tried tracking down Goldfrapp's equipment list to see if my suspicions were correct and they were a bunch of Vintage Kit Avoidists (cue: Fall song title)...but I couldn't find any info on what keyboards they use live. This in itself seems pretty fishy to me. I smell a cover-up of X-File proportions. I would ask John Parish but he's probably in on it too. I'm seriously contemplating writing a creepy fake fan-letter to, ahem, Computer Music magazine to see if they can get a kit-list out of the band, but somehow, life seems too short.

A bit of research revealed that, yes indeed, Goldfrapp's bassist has had some prior as a session-bozo with Robert Plant's group. That explains his fucking hat then.


DEATH DOES HOLLYWOOD


ManWoman is a Canadian artist and Swastika Redeemer. He's not a Nazi or an anti-Semite; he's a deeply spiritual man whose life-long mission is to resanctify the swastika as a holy symbol as used by the Buddhists and Hindus. He recently sent me this picture (above) along with some jpegs of his swastika tats; it's subtitled "Death does Hollywood". MW likes to dress up as a character called Mr. Death at his gallery openings, and on AIDS marches, etc. Is he the 5th member of The Residents, I wonder. It was taken at The Clown Room on Hollywood Boulevard, LA. The girl on the left, he tells me, somewhat poignantly, has subsequently died from AIDS.

TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN


Seigfreid and Roy: "Masters of The Uncanny" it says on the back of a postcard that Dom recently sent me from Las Vegas and I certainly believe that...the tiger looks stuffed or in a hypnotic trance. Maybe they pumped it full of ketamine. Shit and Shine are big fans. C. Louse, their guitarist told me: "We love their hair. We have so much in common with them." Does anyone have access to a post-mauling photograph? I would love to see one.

SUPERTRAMP

So, anyway, I walk up my local shop to get a paper and the new issue of Bizarre magazine is in, complete with my article/interview with Shit and Shine...looks like it's been seriously shaved back to a 3/4-pager to make way for some Beastie Boys quotes...I prefered the original but, hey, editors edit; that's what they do. The S'n'S LP "You're lucky to have friends like us" is out on the ever-reliable Riot Season label and is a sort of frisky melange (is that a real word?) of Williamson-era Stooges and Hardcore Garden Hardware (that's lawnmowers to you, bub, not a Sarf London Grime Cru)...there's an accidental(?) homage to Can's "Unlimited Edition"; loads of needless swearing and the aural equivalent of gurning over home-brewed no-fi drum-loops, cracked guitar solos and Casiotone abuse; people come and go, slam doors, scream and make random castrated-cat noises....Yes, it is Big and it is clever. I love it; it's got a mid-Eighties genre-less-ness, a couldn't-give-a-fuck frisson about it...if the Butthole Surfers had grown up and attended a Secondary Modern school in Chiswick they might have sounded something like this. It's so refreshingly non-careerist and it sounds all the better for it. Is it Rock/Drone/Noise or What? I honestly don't know and I could care less either. Parts of the LP sound like early SPK having a custard-pie fight with...Who? Mainliner? Manowar? Or some pissed-up past-it pub-rockers who used to be on Stiff Records?

What is it with SPK though? (System Planning Korporation. Surgical Penis Klinik.) At the time I think everyone thought they were strictly 2nd division Industrialists who would never amount to nowt (though Graham Ravell has since made a bob or two nicey-fying mainstream Hollywood soundtracks)... Have SPK unexpectedly become a subliminal influence on a new generation of bedroom-based grungetronicists. I keep hearing stuff...mainly American...that reminds me of SPK (Pre "Metal Dance" 'natch)...I certainly hear echoes of their sound, such as it was, in Wolf Eyes' home-made oscillator and foot-pedal soundtracks. Vast tracts of Rhode Island and Oregon appear to have been infected by the SPK virus if some of the CD-Rs currently sneaking out of the States are anything to go by. Or maybe it's just a co-incidence. I'm curious, though: have any of these bands actually heard SPK?

Arriving home, I accidentally started singing a Supertramp song.