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Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 10:09 am
The bantam lord at last doth strike!

One has a tendency to think of the man—nay, the phenomenon!—the world knows as Lord Whimsy as an end in himself, a work of performance art, an "affected provincial" about whom articles are written, films made and books published; a dandy, an avid horticulturalist and eminent apian. But Whimsy contains multitudes; he's also a partner in graphic design company Plankton Art, where he goes by the Clark-Kentish name of Allen Crawford.



Whimsy's design work is perfectly wonderful; as optimistic, baroque and colourful as his dandy persona. That's why, when he announced back in February that he was working on a Flash animation for my song "Bantam Boys" (from the award-winning "Otto Spooky" album, one of the Chicago Reader's Top 10 albums of 2005, apparently!), my heart fluttered like the song's heavily-filtered madrigal guitar chords. It's been fluttering for ten months now, and might have killed me had Whimsy not, yesterday, delivered his masterpiece. Yes, the animation of "Bantam Boys" has now arrived! It turns out to be the most spectacular safari since Rex Harrison talked to the animals in "Dr Dolittle" or Cousteau flipped off the deck of the Calypso kitted out in flippers and snorkel. Click the picture above to embark on an extraordinary journey! (Flash media, 1.2 MB.)

Lord Whimsy's colourful and beautifully-curved extravaganza (it reminds me of a Matthew Barney film) joins the Flash pieces made earlier in the year by The Lady Pat (Your Fat Friend) and Blayne Greiner (The Artist Overwhelmed), both still available for your viewing enjoyment.

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la_aquarius
la_aquarius
Chris
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 09:40 am (UTC)

Fabulous. Whimsy, if you're reading this, this is spectacular.


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reggie_c_king
reggie_c_king
Reggie Chamberlain-King
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 10:08 am (UTC)

Magical. Whimsy is to be congratulated.


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lord_whimsy
lord_whimsy
whimsy
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)

My hat grants wishes, you know.


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qscrisp
qscrisp
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 11:31 am (UTC)

I like the flying stained-glass uterus, if that's what it is.

Shades of Lovecraftian Fantasia.


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lord_whimsy
lord_whimsy
whimsy
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)

Laughed out loud when I read this.


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bifteck
bifteck
Meredith
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)

What fun! Fabulous effort, W. I, too, love the swimming uterus.


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bifteck
bifteck
Meredith
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 12:16 pm (UTC)

To be fair, I suppose it's an entire reproductive system, isn't it.


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC)

Hmmm... makes me want to see a feature film. I love the recent Hayao Miyazaki films. This could be equally great, but in a completely different way esthetically.

I loved the biker... too bad she went off the cliff, and fell down into that "weird Momus-land".

//Produkt


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sparkligbeatnic
sparkligbeatnic
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
a good day for marine creatures, it seems ...


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sparkligbeatnic
sparkligbeatnic
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 12:40 pm (UTC)
Re: a good day for marine creatures, it seems ...


you know you've been in Japan for quite a long time when you look at the above picture and begin to salivate.


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silenceinspades
silenceinspades
silence in spades
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)

genius.


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w_e_quimby
w_e_quimby
hobbes
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)

we all need a little whimsy in our lives


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lord_whimsy
lord_whimsy
whimsy
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)

A shiny potato to anyone who can find me in the animation above.

No--make that TWO potatoes.


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nicepimmelkarl
.
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)

success !! huzzah !!! does he get paid for it? the old westwood. fuck all.


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cheapsurrealist
cheapsurrealist
Dave Nold
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)

Sublime.


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anglerfish96
anglerfish96
anglerfish96
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)

Breathtaking! I promise not to be so impatient next time.


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blndsnnts
Christina Ǽthier M©Ni$hq
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)

Gorgeous and harrowing. The images of Momus embryos invading the earth are frightening. But they're also so well synchronized and handsome. Too bad they're deadly.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)

"They are not aware of their function as objects."


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cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)

I'd say this animation might show us Momus actual 'vision' for making the world a better place.

In other words: "Spread the Momus"


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)

Hey Momus,
I only write this because a genius-level gentleman like you would probably be interested to know:
"Apian" is an adjective, a person who is into studying bees is called an "apiarian."

Sincerely,
Ram Lakhan
Cathedral School, Bombay, Class of 2007


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)

You're absolutely right, Ram. I did look the word up when I wrote the phrase, and discovered my error, but I rather enjoyed implying that Whimsy is, himself, a bee. It seems appropriate for one so busy. And I wondered if anyone would notice...


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)

Very camp, I love Flash colours. Lovely graphics to. Surely a still from this would serve as your next album cover.


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seanthesean
Mr. Sean
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)

strange similarity...
harry shearer's michael jackson moving to berlin parody song sounds quite like vintage momus... including the lyrics.
http://play.rbn.com/foo.ram?url=livecon/kcrw/g2demand/ls/ls051211le_Show.rm&start=.8&proto=rtsp
it's on around 20 minutes into the show.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC)

It sounds more like MC Paul Barman to me!


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piratehead
piratehead
Good bye
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)

I and my six-month old boy were transfixed alike.


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piratehead
piratehead
Good bye
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)

I think it was making him nostalgiac for his old digs.


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)

Mary! What part of CRAP don't you people understand? This is not innovative -- Mondo Media was doing more advanced stuff with Flash in the freakin' "Happy Tree Friends" cartoon four years ago and more -- it's not particularly challenging (where's the beef, Whimsy? Oh that's right: as usual, there isn't any) and it tells us nothing of interest or verity about either its author or its ostensible subject. Fat lot of onanistic fluff is what it is. No more.


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bifteck
bifteck
Meredith
Thu, Dec. 15th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)

Oh, boo, you crybaby. It's pretty to look at, evokes curious thoughts and feelings, and there isn't much more that's necessary. Besides, no one said it had to be particularly innovative in the first place.

Could you do something like that? I surely couldn't. Therefore, I may marvel at it. You're the onanist around these parts, sir.


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w_e_quimby
w_e_quimby
hobbes
Fri, Dec. 16th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)

i don't know if this was intentional, but i like how the position of the eyepatch changes


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lord_whimsy
lord_whimsy
whimsy
Fri, Dec. 16th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)

Laziness or artistic license, Q. Take your pick!


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butterflyrobert
RND
Fri, Dec. 16th, 2005 07:36 am (UTC)

This is one of the best music videos I have seen, and perfectly compliments the music. Genius as always... My admiration is matched only by my envy.


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nomorepolitics
nomorepolitics
Fri, Dec. 16th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)

That's absolutely wonderful -- oh, you said it yourself -- and the music is too!

What else can I say but that I wish I could get a projector and play it all day on my livingroom wall.

Fantastic!!!


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nomorepolitics
nomorepolitics
Fri, Dec. 16th, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC)

One comment is obiously not enough. Ingenious work, Whimsy!


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nomorepolitics
nomorepolitics
Fri, Dec. 16th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)

It's the best thing I've seen on this blog. (No offense, Momus)


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nomorepolitics
nomorepolitics
Fri, Dec. 16th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)

It's a wonderful break from the philosophical discussion I'm having with uberdionysushere).

O.K. I promise that's the last comment today.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Dec. 17th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)

Nomorepolitics, I have to say that your discussion is one of the most painful examples of two equally condescending pifflers arguing the toss over whose simple and rudimentary view is in line with their respective superficially understood philosophical (and in your case religious) concepts I've seen for ages (why on earth did you direct people to it?!). Incidentally, your idea of subjectivity is way off - pure experience precedes the formulation required for the faculty of will that you advance as subjectivity's essence. And please, don't reply.


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