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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)
Thu, May. 20th, 2010 10:12 am (UTC)

what was paula like
physically and personality wise
why did you like her so much
what happened to her do you know
you probably won't answer this but i've just been wondering for awhile


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, May. 21st, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)

Half-Spanish. An academic's daughter. Big brown eyes, short black hair. A large round skull on a frail ascetic body, with small breasts and slightly hunched shoulders. A smoker, a fatalist, but also someone who loves to laugh. An artist, a fan of Brecht and Cohen, and, at 20, the most beautiful person I'd ever seen. Little round glasses, slightly bandy legs. Beautiful in an almost Asian way. Preoccupied with her own medical problems, diabetes-related, which would later bring her eye and heart problems. A cosmopolitan, like most of the women I've loved, in other words someone with a wider view of life than monocultural conditioning could ever allow, and the natural relativism which comes from having at least two sets of norms to compare.

Paula continues to make art and to battle the secondary effects of diabetes. We keep up with each other via Facebook. It's still an enormous thrill for me if she likes a new song I've made.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, May. 23rd, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)

Momus, what are your thoughts on Lady Gaga?


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(Anonymous)
Mon, May. 24th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)

trite, boring

what was it Bowie said about that one singer? She doesn't have the vintage, does she?


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youwhowereborn
youwhowereborn
animals rule, timothy conquered, f.y.mf'ing p.s.
Sun, Jun. 6th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
vocal alter ego Marcus Ashley!?

Momus, tell me the male vocalist on this song from a recent Amazon Kindle commercial, apparently named Marcus Ashley of the duo Little and Ashley, doesn't sound exactly like you! I honestly thought it was you for a moment, until I caught the American accent.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Jun. 6th, 2010 07:28 am (UTC)
Re: vocal alter ego Marcus Ashley!?

Well, it's just someone singing softly, I don't think I have a monopoly on that!


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Jun. 19th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)

I was trying to download the concerts at compilotheque and vestiaire posted here in 07...but the links are dead!! anybody have these, I neeeeed!! I am willing to trade, leonardodicantaloupe@yahoo.com


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Jun. 19th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)

.....willing to trade bootlegs that is, not stuff you can buy!


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Jul. 9th, 2010 06:26 am (UTC)

So you've won me back musically dude; I pretty much took my leave of you and didn't look back when you decided to bury your blog, thinking you were finally going to retire from the e-ye and leave us to wax nostalgic in stony silence about where we were when you wrote this and that entry, and how it made us feel. I wasn't ready for Joemus, especially after Ocky and with a heavy heart I departed from the Momusphere amicably and indifferently...but...now...I'm comfortably and happily looking forward to more of your work! You doing what you (arguably) do best. Pop music. Like the way the HP title track is just so you, and so addictive. And how it can make me feel just as I did fourteen years ago when my drunken, and now deceased, neighbor - put "Tender Pervert" in my SL-CH550 and changed my life.

It's a GOOD to be renewed by the turning of a new, and surprisingly mysterious decade, even with all the uncertainly of the general public, but it's even BETTER to have one or two things stay constant- evergreen - as you would say. Thank you for creating and staying constant. And above all of that, thanks for finally deciding to release one of your albums on vinyl.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jul. 19th, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
tenniscoats

Momus,
thought you might also love this band I was running into by chance.
Makes me feel like going to Tokyo immediately!!!
Check it out on youtube: Tenniscoats - Baibaba Bimba
I miss your blog from time to time I have to admit,
Nice greetings


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Jul. 25th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)

I just want to know who's checking my profile! because I had this friend, she said that she never opened my profile but there are stuff that wasn't supposed to be there!
That's all I wan to know! please help me! I need to get rid of her lies. Thank you very much, Rhodri.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jul. 27th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)

Hi Nick, what happened to your last "Not currently accepting film soundtrack work" entry and mp3?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, Jul. 31st, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)

I took the entry down because it was a complaint about not getting paid and then suddenly the producer said I would in fact get paid. But the mp3 file is still available:

http://imomus.com/filmsoundtrack.mp3


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Aug. 9th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)

Momus, at what age did you have your political awakening? When did you decide that you were a man of the Left? And what were your parents' political inclinations as you were growing up?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Aug. 17th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)

Between the ages of 19 and 20 I was radicalised by the (Methodist) lecturers at Aberdeen University's department of Sociology.

My parents supported the Liberals when I was growing up.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Aug. 27th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)

Momus! All the photos seem to have gone from Click Opera, due to your exceeding bandwidth on photobucket. Click Opera is half the site it was without pics! Please do something!


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Sep. 5th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)

hi momus, was the reboot show posted on soundcloud? I was excited to hear it but I couldnt find it


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Sep. 6th, 2010 10:03 am (UTC)

Yeah, it's now up:

http://www.popkontext.de/index.php/2010/09/05/popkontext-radio-6-10-momus-special/


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Thu, Sep. 16th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
http://beatboxaudio.com/drlktfreddie/music/casey-spooner/Casey_Spooner-Faye_Dunaway__Drlkt_Freddie_R

http://beatboxaudio.com/drlktfreddie/music/casey-spooner/Casey_Spooner-Faye_Dunaway__Drlkt_Freddie_Remix.mp3


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Sep. 21st, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Hypnoprism

Well, I ordered your latest CD from Amazon today. The new songs on Youtube sound fantastic, including "The Orderly". Apologies if you've explained elsewhere, but why is it not included on said CD?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Sep. 24th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Hypnoprism

I simply didn't think it fitted the running order, didn't think it worked so well without the video, didn't have a mix I liked unreservedly, and didn't want too many cover versions on the record. But The Orderly stays available online.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Sep. 24th, 2010 08:33 am (UTC)

Aha, your reticence re the "The Orderly" makes me wonder if it's a secret track in the CD's circumference?


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arashikensh0.blogspot.com
arashikensh0.blogspot.com
Wed, Sep. 29th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)

woow... nice blog


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Oct. 14th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)

Momus, you would be handsome if it weren't for your outsized chin. As it is, Mark is the better-looking of the Currie brothers.


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Oct. 14th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)

Handsome is as handsome does, other anon.
How the hell are you, Momus? I'm still missing this blog, but liking Mrs Tsk. Nice grey outfit in the German article. If you're ever back in Blighty you might check this place out, if you haven't already: http://www.old-town.co.uk/index2.htm. Not cheap, but worth it.
All the best, Es


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Oct. 16th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Setting fire to umbrellas in the rain

I collect discarded broken umbrellas and set fire to them when it rains.

"But how can you burn umbrellas when it's raining?"

Under the Kingston Bridge. Plenty thunder from the traffic, bit the rain is either side, and the chemical niff of the umbrellas' smoke is like a new God.


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Oct. 21st, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Mistakes

Why is conscious control of one's work commercial, while subconscious drift and mistakes are arty? The endgame is like listening to someone's drug hallucinations.

Guy Debord hated automatic writing and stream of consciousness. Can't we stop fetishising a tedious end product and experiment with new, sharply motivated, purposes.


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jucayl
jucayl
Sun, Nov. 7th, 2010 11:12 am (UTC)
Отлично

беспорно лучший блог


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Nov. 20th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Japan: A Story of Love and Hate

Highly recommendable film for all people interested in japanese culture of daily life!


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Nov. 29th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)

I very much enjoyed your Osaka podcast. I do hope you do more.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jan. 4th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)

Me too.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Feb. 6th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)

THE SHRIEKING OF NOTHING IS KILLING ME


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yirirask
yirirask
Thu, Apr. 7th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Good

Did you heard what Rob Matts said about that?


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(Anonymous)
Thu, Apr. 28th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
Love

And I am comment number 300! Momus's new material (Henriksson collaboration) on Youtube is more than a return to form – absolutely incredible. Love it. RW.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, May. 2nd, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Love

I'm rather selfishly enjoying it too. "I only make the kind of thing I want to hear myself, because nobody else is."


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