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Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 03:39 am
Hello! This is Click Opera.

1. What's this? This is the last entry in the blog called Click Opera, which means that, in the funny through-the-looking-glass world of blogs, it's the first page future internauts and web adventurers will come to. So think of this not so much as an ending as an entrance. What you've reached is the door to "probably the best-written blog on the Anglophone web", according to Warren Ellis. "It doesn't get any better than Click Opera," said novelist Dennis Cooper.



2. Who's behind Click Opera? The best introduction to who I am is this article in The Guardian Review. I'm a Scot, a musician, a writer, and -- according to this page, gulp! -- the 4697th most significant contemporary visual artist working today. My Wikipedia page is here. You can download six of my early albums free here. Books I've written are here and here. I want to write more books, so if you're a publisher email me! That goes for people wanting to reproduce bits of this blog in print, too.

3. Where can we find out what you're up to, post-blog? From my "personal digital assistant" Maria Wolonski, who announces my engagements in the charming, ringing tones of a talking clock. From the Momus concerts page on LastFM. From my Flickr page and my two YouTube accounts, momasu and bookofjokes. I may even revive my old website (1995-2003), imomus.com.

4. What do you plan to do now? I want to write books and articles. Maybe teach at an art school. Deliver lectures in many lands. Make some more records. Play concerts. Walk around the world. Learn to speak Japanese and live in Japan. Write my own regular newspaper column of cultural commentary (I've written for people like Wired, The New York Times, Frieze, Spike, The Wire, 032c). Hold some more art shows. If you can help me realise these dreams, email me, please!

5. If I want to stage a Momus concert, what do I need to do? Tell your friendly local promoter (or it could be an art gallerist, store owner, festival director) that all I require is travel expenses (from Berlin), accommodation, plus a fee of around €1000 for a regular Momus show (festivals tend to pay more). If that works for the promoters, get them to drop me a line and we'll take it from there. I also do art performances -- live storytelling and unreliable tours.



6. Will you keep the Click Opera archive up indefinitely? Yes, I will. If you feel like helping with the modest LiveJournal and PhotoBucket hosting costs -- or compensating me directly for some illegal mp3s of my songs you've downloaded -- you can make a donation via PayPal here.

7. What's the best way to search the Click Opera archive? Simply type the word imomus plus your search term into a search engine, then follow the links headed "Click Opera".

8. Will you keep reading and responding to comments left under this entry? Yes, I will. Leave your email address if you want a personal response.

9. Why did you stop updating Click Opera? Not because anything went wrong or it got unpleasant. Quite the reverse, in fact. Click Opera was just too damned good: too compelling, too time-consuming, too satisfying. It took over my life. It became my job, the main topic of my conversation, the hub of my self-mediated fame: "Aren't you that guy from the internet?" (Read the piece called Clickswansong if you want to know more about why this blog came to a "happy ending". Or listen to this radio interview with KCSB's Colin Marshall.)

10. Can I step through the door now? Please do! There's a lot to read! You can browse backwards from here, or start at the beginning (Thursday January 15th 2004) and work forwards. The calendar is your friend, or you may prefer to read through the titles displayed in the month view.

Thanks to everyone who's contributed to Click Opera, this big vineyard! You've given me years of pleasure! Happiness, as T.E. Lawrence said, "is a by-product of absorption", and blogging -- the best hobby I ever had -- has been absorbing indeed.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Feb. 21st, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)

I had a dream where you had started blogging again already.
lots of love, parisian anon.


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xishimarux
xishimarux
ishimaru
Tue, Feb. 23rd, 2010 10:20 am (UTC)

Bonsai Tree (Miyagi Bonsai Shop Dub Remix). Thanks for giving me the confidence in music by not suing me for a making a dodgy remix haha. Your one of the finest people in music/art/life I've had the privilege of reading about. If your ever in Los Angeles look me up. :insert meal: is on me :)

- Alex

(alexhurston@gmail.com)


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Feb. 28th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)

So how exactly is Zuihitsu different from Click Opera, other than its absence of reader comments?


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Feb. 28th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)

It's yellower.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Mar. 1st, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)

I dunno, the inability for guys to make stupid comments on zuhitsu is really apples and oranges, keep it up! Momus! I'm not ready for you to stop thinking for me yet.

<3


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Mar. 2nd, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
WAS

Ciao Clickopéra....

one thing thoug, on 'All Music Guide' it says: Momus was the alias of Nick Currie....

was?

...


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imomus
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imomus
Thu, Mar. 4th, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
Re: WAS

That puzzling tense has been there for years. I suspect Momus will still be present tense when the AllMusic site is itself a "was".


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Mar. 4th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)

It's extremely unlikely Bowie had heard Joy Division by the time of the Scary Monsters sessions. Joy Division were pretty underground until Curtis's death and the release of Love Will Tear Us Apart. Up until then, they'd probably only sold a few thousand records. Bowie wasn't living in the UK at the time and is on record as saying punk completely passed him by so it's pretty unlikely he would have picked up on Joy Division that early. I've never heard him mention Joy Division in an interview either.


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imomus
Thu, Mar. 4th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)

That's simply wrong. Bowie mentioned Joy Division and Wire in interviews circa 1979 and 1980, singling them out for praise as his favourite New Wave groups. Joy Division were critical darlings right from the release of Unknown Pleasures, and Bowie was a well-known early-adopter who "sympathised with punk's disenchantment" (as he said at the time) and could surely hear his own influence on the Pistols (he mentioned he'd noticed Lydon singing about the Berlin wall in Holidays in the Sun after he did it in "Heroes") and Joy Division (via the Iggy records and his own Berlin trilogy).


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)

You haven't updated this for a while. Are you OK?


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imomus
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imomus
Fri, Mar. 5th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)

I'm updating website notebook Zuihitsu instead.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Mar. 14th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)

I expect there'll be over a thousand comments eventually under Wednesday's final entry.

Dear me. Overestimated your popularity somewhat, eh Momus?


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Mar. 15th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)

Well we'll see wont we, doesn't seem unreasonable to me given the years of great blog posts up here...

only a few hundred more like you making tart remarks and we'll get there- woo hoo!


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Mar. 15th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)

you made all this fuss about your blog ending and getting away from the internet, but you have zuihitsu and now zip opera?
um, ok.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Mar. 15th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)

Yes, how long until you put a comment function on zuihitsu/zip opera?

I have to confess I don't follow zuihitsu as enthusiastically as I did Click Opera. Not sure why. Partly that you haven't had very interesting articles since then (popular UK TV is crap, wow, what insight! Then again, popular German TV is if anything worse, you're just not exposed to it). But I guess it must be to do with the lack of comment function, which probably added more than you think to the experience. The ability to just throw in a comment here and there, and also to read what other people think. Even the virulent anons had their useful role in the overall ecology. If you want to say "fuck you Web 2.0", fair enough, but then it's a retro necro move to just go back to how you were doing it ten years ago.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Mar. 15th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)

I feel very self-important and undeserving commenting in this great blog-space even after its retirement, but what's it to you, mate?

I imagine most people who followed Click Oprea enjoy reading what he has to say, regardless of the format - some of us have been keeping up with him for a decade or more and quite frankly I didn't want Click Oprea to end; I wanted it to go on forever.




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(Anonymous)
Sun, Mar. 21st, 2010 08:11 am (UTC)

momus did you angst about being a 20 year old virgin and fear you would never have sex?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Mar. 22nd, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)

Yes.

Well, actually, it was more like "There will be many women in my life. But when the hell is that bit going to start?"


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)

So long & thanks for all the fish!!!


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Mar. 30th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)

Nick,

A belated thank you, however, I do selfishly check back in the hope that just maybe...you may have changed your mind...

Best with what is to come...

Mark


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Mar. 30th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)

Don't just check here, Mark, check:

http://imomus.com

There's blogging of a sort going on there.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Mar. 31st, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
AUDIO DIARY

twitter/audiodiary


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Apr. 4th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)

i had a dream last night that i had sex with momus. i was very surprised that he was attracted to me as i'm not a 95lb Japanese girl, but he said my body was great(?lol) anyway it was going very well, but suddenly i decided to give momus a blowjob but he stopped me and for some reason put on these neon velcro sneakers (his blowjob sneakers i guess) but they actually made him lose his erection and he couldn't get it up again.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Apr. 7th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)

Nick I hope you win the big thirty large t'would be a shame to see it go to zombie Robert Burns.


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Apr. 8th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)

Momus, what is your take on the fact that countries that actually experienced long periods of communism have all ended up with very high gini coefficients?

Also, hasn't Germany been drifting to the right for some time now, even more so since the last election? Whereas hasn't the anglo-saxon world been very gently drifting in the opposite direction? Obama + healthcare in the US., higher levels of social expenditure in the UK under Labour...


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imomus
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imomus
Thu, Apr. 8th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)

In history there is no such thing as "ended up". History is an ongoing process, and is dialectical. We may be in a post-communist backlash (ie antithesis) period now in certain eastern European nations which were formerly communist, but this is just a "moment". A pro-collectivist moment is just around the corner, precisely because these nations are now tasting untrammelled capitalism.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Apr. 12th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)

I was dropped from Creation Records for running off with a 16 year old Bangladeshi girl whose family then went in to the Creation offices saying 'Give us his address!' and McGee just couldn't take the pressure. He was going to have to bring the same flunkies in with baseball bats who protect Primal Scream when they do they drug deals, and he didn't want that, if we're going to have to add security in the office because of that we're going to have to say goodbye. So that's why I parted company from Creation. Which is almost like a Little Richard-like story.

Now come on Momus, this is ridiculous self-mythologising! You were dropped from Creation because McGee lost interest in you, your aesthetic didn't fit with the label, and you weren't selling any records.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Apr. 13th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)

Not so. The Creation thing in the early 90s was to put out tons of records all the time, and if they made a small profit they kept the company going. Momus records were cheap to record and sold well enough to make back their costs and make a small profit for Creation and for me. It was an arrangement which could have continued a few years longer (although arguably the Sony deal and the success of Oasis would make Creation less dependent on this modus operandi).

As for my aesthetic not fitting, don't forget that Creation fully embraced dance and electronic styles in the 90s. McGee actually really liked the Voyager album and commissioned Deja Vu to do a remix of Spacewalk, which was released as a single.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Apr. 21st, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Last

I'll close the door.

Alex P.


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butterflyrobert
RND
Thu, Apr. 22nd, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)

Wow, it's hard to believe that you've ended your blog. I've begun learning Japanese. When I'm in Japan, we should meet up and practice.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Apr. 24th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
What would Gandhi do?

What's your take on the tactic of non-violence as it related(s) to WW2, (Gandhi was put under house arrest at the time and saying things like the Jews should commit suicide themselves first) and the present day Palestinian struggle against occupation?


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imomus
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imomus
Sat, Apr. 24th, 2010 10:22 am (UTC)
Re: What would Gandhi do?

If you can achieve your goals by non-violence -- which is essentially a brilliantly passive aggressive PR coup -- great. If you can achieve them within the existing system (the "road map"), even better.

If not, it's back to bricks and barricades, I'm afraid. We wouldn't have democracy without them.


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count_vronsky
Fri, Apr. 30th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)

we miss you momus. I must admit to being skeptical at first, but Zuihitsu is so well done, dare I say almost the equal of Click Opera in every way. and an interesting alternative to a full time blog.

YuYuⅢ



Cheers and thinking of you momus :)





Edited at 2010-04-30 12:37 am (UTC)


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imomus
Fri, Apr. 30th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)

Ta, mate!


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(Anonymous)
Mon, May. 3rd, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)

Dear Momus,

You publicly endorsed Obama as Democratic candidate on this very blog, and lo & behold, shortly after he not only secured the candidacy but also went on to win the election.

A coincidence? I think not.

In the light of this, are you willing to endorse a candidate in the UK election? Am I right in thinking that Clegg, avowed Beckett fan, multi-linguist, and the only candidate to quote Lévi-Strauss on the hustings, might be your man?


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imomus
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imomus
Tue, May. 4th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)

When I did the Vote for Policies blindfold quiz, almost every single one of my preferences turned out to be a Green Party policy, so my endorsement should go to Caroline Lucas of the Greens.

Of the three main parties, obviously, as you guessed, I prefer Clegg. But I also hope that, should Cameron win, Scotland will be impelled down the path to independence with some urgency. I then want Scotland to become a full Schengen EU member and adopt the euro.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, May. 7th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)

Momus;

How are you doing now that The Click Oprea Nebula is no longer visible from earth? Last I heard you were battling a cold?

Is "Cicero " - that nice track you posted in Feb. - any indication of the future sounds of Momus? I thought that was a old Circus Maximus demo until someone told me (Count Vronsky told me)

Lastly I gotta give it up for Zuhitsu; a great pathos and worthy successor to anything you've done on the internet....still my brain sometimes fires in depressingly rote circles knowing Click Oprea is over, sometimes.

bE sAfE mOMuS~


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imomus
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imomus
Mon, May. 10th, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)

I miss Click Opera too! But sometimes you have to break habits, even good ones.

Cicero is a one-off, a conscious act of self-imitation. I'm still not sure what musical direction I'll take next. I have a weird ear condition that makes working on music difficult for any sustained length of time, so I'm concentrating on making my keyboard go click click click, which is a nice sound.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, May. 18th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)

Hmmm, so you've got a Sun Ra-ish track, a New Order-ish track, a Josef K cover... and you criticise epigone culture? I guess if you can't beat 'em...


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imomus
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imomus
Fri, May. 21st, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)

Strawberry Hill only features Sun Ra in the video. Musically the connection is zero. Show me a musician who doesn't reference other music (and I'd say the key to escaping "retro necro" is the width and variety of those references, and their unexpected combination) and I'll show you a visitor from Saturn.


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