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Thu, Apr. 26th, 2007 12:00 am
Who am I and what do I do?

This Flasher video interview explains.



Summary: I'm a modern male incarnation of the storytelling Persian queen Scheherezade. With teeth like an Irish navvy.

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zzberlin
zzberlin
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Wed, Apr. 25th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
didn't notice the teeth

hey momus, I usually won't watch vid clips, but this clip found me at the right moment, so,,,

This self-description is apt: "a humourous but always cavilling critic" who likes interstitial points and supports theft

I agree with many of your remarks, especially that (my paraphrase), making art, as we move forward, will not be about money; it will be about propagating one's ideas. If you can do that well, you won't need money any more


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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Wed, Apr. 25th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)

Jesus Christ! You look like Olivia Newton John in an eyepatch.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)

1) if youre Scottish, why do you speak in Received Pronounciation? I'm making a guess it's because you moved to London at an early age but I could be wrong.

I wouldn't quite call it RP. But it's close to Standard English. I'd say it's down to a combination of things. I had a more regional accent when I was a kid, but lost it as my parents lost theirs -- a combination of teaching English as a foreign language (my dad's job), education at a private school in a notoriously Anglo Scottish town (Edinburgh Academy, the same kind of school Tony Blair was educated in -- he also doesn't sound very Scottish). And, of course, the fact that I haven't lived in Scotland since 1984, and that I live mostly amongst non-native English speakers.

The weird thing is that I had a London accent in Edinburgh when I was about 10. I just sort of affected it to sound cosmopolitan, I think. But I was at a boarding school at the time, and everyone's parents were living in Nigeria, working for Shell or something. So accents blurred and blended. It's just... globalisation, really. I think our family got globalized about 20 years ahead of schedule. Even as a child, my life was jets, and nothing seemed more natural than for my dad to be taking jobs all over the world. Diplomatic or academic ostings in Athens or Montreal or wherever.

2) You say music is dying; why do you feel like this? What was different before?

Cos basically I can remember a time when music carried into the mainstream the values of a counterculture that was really going to change the world. I remember the 60s and 70s. Music was a popular artform that got on mainstream TV but seemed to come from somewhere else entirely. Planet Sex, or Planet Freakout, or whatever. It was like a liberal secular religion, something worth giving your life to, dying for (even if that was just becoming Dionysus and choking on your own vomit). But music has lost that mission -- or, rather, succeeded too well -- and fragmented and tribalized, and become incapable of changing anything. Dionysus now works for Virgin Airlines. All that desublimation turned out to be super-repressive. What might change the world is robots, the internet, genetic engineering, and time-based media. Well, all except time-based media, actually.

3) Why do you feel no real connection to Britain?

Because it became clear to me that, with my values, I could only survive in Britain as a "sacrificial dandy", an aesthete you kicked, an embittered satirist or a super-marginal eccentric. My values are at odds with the values of Britain, especially post-Thatcherite Britain. You just have to look at TV or the big-selling UK newspapers or magazines to see what those values are.

I do retain some Britishness, though. I listen to Sherlock Holmes stories every day on Radio 7.

4) (bit of a novelty question) Seeing as you discuss the idea of identity... if you had to pick one of your songs to represent who you are (I'm talking Momus theme tune here) which one would you choose?

Any one song would be a lie, a freak statistic. Put them all together and you get something more 3D. A sum of lies which, together, tell some kind of truth. It's a join-the-dots drawing with about 300 points. But you have to remember, too, that most songs are dialogues with an invisible partner. Maybe it's "Britain", maybe "the Lover", maybe a writer like Yukio Mishima or a songwriter like Serge Gainsbourg. So together they're a bunch of relationships with mentors, significant others, alive and dead. And of course with "God" and the audience.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Apr. 25th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)

Here's a direct link if you prefer to avoid crashy browser plugins (http://flasherx.com/videos/momus.mov).


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niddrie_edge
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raymond
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)

cheers..mind you even that didnt work..sound only..is it a firefox thing?


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
"Give us a few melodies, will ya dearie!"



A crippled starship is compelled to make landfall on a remote colony world, where the locals refuse to allow the crew to disembark except under the strictest control. What terrible secret are they hiding?

Is this sort like parochial school in Tony Blair's world?



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(Anonymous)
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)

. . . parking ticket.
-John FF


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cheapsurrealist
cheapsurrealist
Dave Nold
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)

Nice widescreen hi def well lit good sounding video. It's going to be hard to go back to YouTube.

Oh and you were good too.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)

Did no-one spot the rabbit? He becomes suddenly evident at one point, chewing tobacco smugly in the background.


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evxanadu
evxanadu
http://evpopsongs.com
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2007 08:57 am (UTC)
I feel very strongly about this.

http://andyoudontstop.blogspot.com/


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vitiosuslepros
Bête Noire
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2007 11:49 am (UTC)
A Lost Cause

Regarding music: Do you feel that music is a lost cause then, that there is very little that can be done to restore some of that former glory, or the revolutionary aspect? I've felt a lot of this myself, though clearly second hand, and being in America has shown me that there is very little going on in music that could do more than moderately effect dance styles most of the time.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Thu, Apr. 26th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)
Re: A Lost Cause

I think it can still privately affect people in very deep ways, perhaps more deeply than any of the other arts. And that's nothing to be scoffed at. But I think the image is of someone with an iPod, being moved privately, rather than a whole generation being changed and profoundly liberated by music (insert documentary footage of Woodstock). Of course, a lot of that "liberation" turned out to be illusory -- "tune in, turn on and drop out" leads precisely nowhere. It leads to panhandling. It's "repressive desublimation". But while it lasted, that collective illusion gave music an incredible -- and perhaps undeserved -- power. That's what those of us who remember the 60s and 70s miss. But, like I said in the interview, I'm okay with music's collapse into something more tribal, trivial and private. It's not going to stop me making music, though it may well stop me (and people like me) "making it".


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foaming_love
foaming_love
Fri, Apr. 27th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
colorado

I don't suppose you'll be performing your music while you're in Colorado...say, in Denver?


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