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The Golden Age of Television: Momus demos podcast 2 - click opera
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Fri, Aug. 3rd, 2007 01:26 pm
The Golden Age of Television: Momus demos podcast 2

Here's another batch of demos from old Momus cassettes. This time we start with a few tracks from the "legendary lost Momus album" BBC 1. This was going to be the 1987 follow-up to Circus Maximus on el Records, and we already had a rather brilliant sleeve illustration (me as Atlas holding up the BBC 1 Earth logo) by Ed Pinsent. But, as fate would have it, I switched to Creation and made The Poison Boyfriend instead.

BBC 1 was to have been a theme album -- songs like "The Filippino", "Confectioner" and "Splitting the Atom in Eden" (released here for the first time) would have joined "The Mother-in-Law", "Love on Ice" and "Situation Comedy Blues" (later plundered somewhat haphazardly for Creation albums) on a record deconstructing television and the whole idea of mainstream electronic vaudeville. It's a retro theme now, of course; the golden age of television is clearly over. But electronic vaudeville continues to be a big theme for me, as does the question of whether life / sex is more interesting than media / art: there's some great entertainment lined up for me on BBC 1, but meet me on Shaftesbury Avenue...

The Golden Age of Television: Momus demos from the mid-80s (54.5 MB stereo mp3 file, 59 mins 33 secs)

The Filippino
Confectioner
Splitting the Atom in Eden
Ash and Sack
Nobody
Landrover
Paolo
Hotel Marquis de Sade
John the Baptist Jones
Lesson of Sodom (According to Lot)
Rules of the Game of Quoits
Lusts of a Moron
Amongst Women Only
Shaftesbury Avenue
Start at the Top
Could I Leave You? (Sondheim)

The comments for Amazing Blonde Women, the last Momus demos podcast, saw several people saying they'd be willing to pay something for these releases -- if you feel that way feel free to visit the old Momus website and make a Paypal donation using the button there.

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(Anonymous)
Fri, Aug. 3rd, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)

Feeling the pinch, Momus?


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harveyjames
harveyjames
harveyjames
Fri, Aug. 3rd, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)

man, where do you get off


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cheapsurrealist
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Dave Nold
Fri, Aug. 3rd, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)

several people saying they'd be willing to pay something for these releases

You can't put a price on this stuff.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)

That's what I tried to say to my car dealer. He wasn't buying it tho.


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microworlds
microworlds
Sparkachu Maelworth
Fri, Aug. 3rd, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)

It really pains me that I have to go to work right now, and won't be able to listen to the demos! Seeing as how Shaftesbury Avenue is my favorite song of yours...


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Aug. 3rd, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
more »songs in soft pencil«!

i just returned from our summer holiday in portugal, a voluntary 3 week renouncement of computer/internet/modern media access, and among my first clicks was a visit to click opera to get this great insight to your early works... wow!
what more can we expect to come out of those legendary lost boxes from NY? the »thank you party people« song from the early nineties? those tracks that were announced for the canceled Le Grand Magistery EP »Sports Pierrot«? a »Ping Pong« demo called »sausage machine«? a secret duet with Bobby Gillespie covering the Stooges? definitely, more »songs in soft pencil«, p l e a s e !
see you at the smart deli/TAKEN party?
eRiC


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Aug. 3rd, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
Re: more »songs in soft pencil«!

There's really only one more cassette podcast I want to do, which is a tape of really early (end of 70s) stuff called Innermost Thoughts.

Sports Pierrot etc is on DAT, and although I have the tapes I don't have a DAT player at the moment. Thank You Party People is on videotape, so it's dubbable. Not sure what Sausage Machine was -- you're just showing off now, Eric!


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alphacomp
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Digital Video Camera
Fri, Aug. 3rd, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)

DX7-a-riffic!


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Aug. 3rd, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)

Big thanks again, if i had some spare cash i'd donate with pleasure. As it is all I can offer is gratitude.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Aug. 3rd, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)

Hi Nick.
This is very generous of you. Look forward to listening these new songs. Some people posting here are so cynical, very few artists would be willing to share their demos for free, especially unreleased songs.

What is a fair price in exchange for the demos posted ? I know there is no obligation, but it seems to be fair to me as aside from the music, I get a lot out of Click Opera.
Richard

PS. I also appeciated the Josef K, a post-punk favourite.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Aug. 3rd, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Songs From Under The Floorboards

Fascinating stuff, many thanks for putting it on.
I would be interested in purchasing these recordings, would there any possibility of doing a Slender Sherbet on them?
Thomas S.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Aug. 3rd, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Songs From Under The Floorboards

I've always wanted to do an album that would steal David Critchley's title Pieces I Never Did. But the demos have a rough charm of their own, it would seem a shame to polish them.


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Aug. 4th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)

I love you, Momus.


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ishinagami
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Isaac Fischer
Sat, Aug. 4th, 2007 08:25 am (UTC)

This is fucking awesome. Thank you for posting this. I love your music and its awesome to have more of it to listen to. Despite being in the US i have most of your albums. Thanks again so much for doing this. May you have much Japanese green tea as your getting your brains fucked out by Japanese twins.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, Aug. 4th, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)

Twins! OMG, I never thought of that!


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James Dawson
Sat, Aug. 4th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
3M: Momus Mining & Manufacturing

I would love to buy these songs and the earlier batch on CD. (Having a dial-up connection makes listening online excruciatingly, time-consumingly difficult). You've got your own label -- and stuff like this seems to be exactly what should be released on it!


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davidgladwin
davidgladwin
Mon, Aug. 6th, 2007 09:17 am (UTC)
Subscription CDs?

It might be possible to produce a limited run of subscriber-only CDs, for those who pay an annual fee. This isn't a new idea, but it keeps the money rolling in and gives the subscribers a warm feeling and some extra goodies.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Aug. 15th, 2007 07:13 am (UTC)
Re: Subscription CDs?

Is the mp3 still available? I keep receiving a message that says the URL cannot be found.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Aug. 21st, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)

Come on, dig out Dear Boy George for our edification!


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dickson
Sat, Dec. 31st, 2016 04:56 pm (UTC)
Ash and Sack

Did 'Ash and Sack' make it past demo form and onto a single or album? I'm completely in love with this song, having only recently discovered these incredible demos you posted here (some nine years later!)
I also love Nobody - almost to the point of obsession - but noticed that this eventually ended up on the 20 Vodka Jellies album.

Part of me feels that, as is often the case with demos, this version of Ash and Sack couldn't be bettered. At the same time I'd be really surprised if you hadn't developed such a strong and beguiling song for commercial release.


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