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Fri, Nov. 7th, 2008 11:45 am
Presenting Widow Twanky



We're now just two weeks from the release of the new Momus album, Joemus. Here's the second YouTube single from the album (the first was Mr Proctor). It's called Widow Twanky, and it uses the YearbookYourself software which is pretty viral at the moment:



Joemus got its first review this week, from an online publication called BabySue:

Momus - Joemus (CD, Darla, Electronic/pop)
"The appropriately-titled Joemus is a collaboration between Momus and Joe Howe (Gay Against You, Germlin). The two musicians did most of their writing and recording over the internet before getting together in Berlin, Germany to finish ironing out the final details of the recordings. Joemus is a slightly kooky album that is virtually unpredictable. One track may find the band playing blippy-bloopy hummable electronic pop ("Birocracy")...but seconds later you may feel that you are listening to a modern lounge artist ("Widow Twanky"). Other cuts may give you the impression that the music is entirely experimental and crazy. The duo covers a lot of ground with these 15 tracks...so much so that the average listener is likely to be taken off guard or lost somewhere along the way. And that may be exactly the desired reaction from these two extraordinarily clever guys. Bizarre modern electronic pop cuts include "The Next Time," "Strewf!", "Goodiepal," "Fade to White," and "The Vaudevillian." Odd stuff, sometimes with a strange nervous twist... (Rating: 5/6, EXCELLENT)"

Kooky, bizarre and crazy seem like strange epithets coming from a website whose front page announces: "To Smintre, SNICK on the PLOCK."

Widow Twanky has already been the subject of a fun cover version by Ross Hawkins from Idle Tigers:

Idle Tigers: Widow Twanky (mp3 file, 3.1MB)

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cerulicante
cerulicante
cerulicante
Fri, Nov. 7th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)

BabySue's reviews are great. Usually, the wierder, the better. I used to read the ultra-racist comics on that site back in college. They are still really, really, REALLY funny, too.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Nov. 7th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
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I look forward to giving Joemus a first listen as soon as Cherry Red dispatch my copy. As soon as I get out of work (where Youtube is firewalled in extremis) I'll give Widow Twanky a whirl, which is the song that most intreigued me from title alone, having fond and curious memories of provincial pantomimes and their stubbled washer-women.
I'm annoyed by most 'first reviews' I read, especially on the internet because usually it seems like they haven't listened to full product, if at all. It's a Momus LP and it's bound to be experimental, and it's been talked about in the very pages of this blog and a few tracks have been made available via Youtube. Also, the official press for the record has stated a lot in regards to the album's pace.
It's so easy for these reviewers to write a short piece, fill in the blanks and slap on an above average rating purely because said artist's usual output is consistent and regarded highly in certain circles.
All press is good press of course, but I don't think it's particualarly ethical to write a piece on something the reviewer has given very little regard, for the purpose of adhering to some editorial deadline.

Anyway, I'll climb down from my soapbox now so I can continue to be excited about giving said album my own verdict, in a couple of weeks' time.

All the best!


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Nov. 7th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)

I can't get past the strangulated, self-conscious vocals. You're a great songwriter, but a horrible singer.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Nov. 7th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)

Oh I love the vocal delivery,its delicious.And people say Amy Winehouse has "soul"??Pur-lease!This is the dogs.Giddy Gavin x


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count_vronsky
count_vronsky
Fri, Nov. 7th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)

This is my new favourite song. Awe inspiring mix of "mega-trad" vibe mixed with some twanky shadows, sung by what sounds like a sad robot who is possibly dying of consumption. This is the song on the jukebox in that little dive bar on Mars. This is the song the angels play whenever they take a smoke break. This song changes into a blue powder tuxedo when it isn't being played. This song went to number one in the coastal towns of Peru 30 years ago, but was outlawed by the government for being counter-revolutionary. This song carries a noose in one hand and a faded corsage and a toy sax in the other. In a parallel universe, this song has the power to miraculously impregnate women and has been known to make caterpillars break-dance.



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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Nov. 7th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)

Now, see, this is the kind of review I wish those lazy rock journalists would write! But I suppose people who think like this have better things to do with their time than write rock reviews.


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robinsonner
robinsonner
the maven
Fri, Nov. 7th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)

When I saw the mp3 file title widowtwankyross I thought all you need now is the guest appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show. His comeback show even.
A lovely piece for lovesick robots.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Nov. 7th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)

Wossy and I are the same age and share a love of David Bowie and Japan, so it might make sense. What's more, I was in the front row of the studio audience for the pilot of The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross -- his first TV show -- in 1987.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Nov. 7th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)

Momus, what are your thoughts on the Human League's 1984 hit single "The Lebanon"?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Nov. 7th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)

I have already outlined my position on this issue at the assembly of the 32nd International Conference in my seminal essay Synth Pierrot.


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loosechanj
loosechanj
LooseChanj
Fri, Nov. 7th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)

Those pictures are quite disturbing.


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robinsonner
robinsonner
the maven
Fri, Nov. 7th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)

Lovely aren't they?
Its like the new Picasso

Edited at 2008-11-07 07:34 pm (UTC)


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Nov. 7th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)

Glad you like it!

The percussion is samples played manually, the guitar is real acoustic guitar with a woozy tuning effect on it, the vocal is treated to throw it an octave higher, the riff is distorted synth organ plus a mixture of synth piano and real guitar, and Joe takes the sax solo and sax riffs with a (deliberately plastic-sounding) sax sample. Strings are all synthetic.

Actually, the song started off as this:



I took that backing track, cut it up, and put it back together again in a different order and wrote the new song over the top. Quite a few songs on Joemus were written this way: the Ashes to Ashes cover, for instance, becomes Jahwise Hammer of the Babylon King in a different order. Writing this way limits your choice of chords, but makes you do things you wouldn't normally do, in terms of transitions and structuring. It's a restraint and also an incentive to do new things. And I think some of the energy of the first song always comes through in the second.

Another example on the album: my cover of Sakamoto's Thatness and Thereness, chopped up and re-ordered, becomes a new song called Strewth! I remember, back in the 80s, everybody accused SAW of having a computer that did this for them -- each Jason and Kylie single was the last one in a different order! Well, actually, if that really were the case, if my experience is anything to go by, the songs would have sounded a lot weirder.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Nov. 8th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)

this track is excellent, etc.
;-)


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eclectiktronik
eclectiktronik
eclectiktronik
Sat, Nov. 8th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)

this track is excellent, etc.
;-)


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Sun, Nov. 9th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)

The first time I visit this blog in a few weeks, and this is what I see? Oh dear lord Momus, LOL!


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Nov. 9th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)

I'm hoping the T.Rexness will not be lost of Electricwitch.

Slithery Tove, he's a natural-born slider, he's just out of sight (sight)!


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Mon, Nov. 10th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
a strange nervous twist

Youtube tune suits the images though the melodics seem a lot more mature compared to the sixties images. This widow seems to have a checkered past by the sounds of things. Maybe an Audrey Hepburn romance.

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3633616896/nm0000030


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