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Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 01:00 pm
A cache of old photos

I discovered a cache of Polaroids taken in February 1996, when I lived in Paris -- surrounded, it seems, by some of the world's most beautiful women.



This first one introduces "the characters". Top left is my wife Shazna, next to her someone whose name I've forgotten, next to him is Vicky Bogle, my flatmate in London between 1990 and 1993. Vicky is talking to Edouard Baer, who's now one of France's most famous film actors. I'm in the middle, and below me Laila France is throttling Ariel Wizman, who's a pretty famous TV presenter in France (and was even back then).



I have to say it was fun pretending to be Serge Gainsbourg at this point in my life (and having big hits in Japan on the strength of it). Here I am with two of my "songbirds", Laila France and Kahimi Karie. I made a string of EPs with Kahimi between 1994 and 1999, and an album with Laila in 1997, Orgonon (which you can hear / download here).



Here's Shazna with Alain Gac, who'd just been put in charge of an indie record label distributed, I think, by Barclay (which was Jacques Brel's label, of course). I later heard Alain was running some pretty big label. Not sure what he's up to now.



Here's Shazna with Vicky. Shazna now has a high-powered media job in New York, Vicky is a secondary school teacher in Auckland, New Zealand.



Vicky and Kahimi, who, as I noted last week, is currently working on a new album with Jim O'Rourke.



Here's Laila ("50% Thai, 50% French, 100% funky girl" as she describes herself) in a state of orgasmic bliss. Laila now DJs in Paris under the name of Samantha Cru, and runs a party organisation called Crash Bandi.



Me (with 90s "curtain" hair and 90s "goatee" beard) being kissed by KK. I'm wearing a remade retro-70s suit from a shop called TGV, my "tailor" at the time.



Kahimi and Laila. They duetted, shortly afterwards, on the song David Hamilton, which is one of my best, but least-known songs (Kahimi actually covered the song recently with Jim O'Rourke, Otomo Yoshihide and Sachiko M accompanying her -- it's on the Muhlifein DVD, but I've never heard it).



Kahimi in Index magazine in 1999:

STEVE: You have another beautiful song, "David Hamilton." What is that about?

KAHIMI: I made a t-shirt with a picture of David Hamilton on it. So I sent it to Momus. After that, he wrote the song for another singer called Laila France. And Laila wasn't interested in David Hamilton. I'm very good friends with Laila, but because of my t-shirt he wrote it. So I called Momus and said, "Why did you write that song for Laila?" [laughs] He said, "Okay, okay."



STEVE: I'm beginning to think Momus does his best work with you.

KAHIMI: He's a very strange man. A little like Mike Alway. Sometimes we have a catfight, but it's for fun.



Finally, here I am waiting to appear on Ariel Wizman and Edouard Baer's Radio Nova show, Cocktail Hour (La Grosse Boule).

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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)

Christ. You've really aged in the last 13 years.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)

You have a big chin. Is that a factor in your beard-wearing, then and now?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)

You've aged, but not that badly, all things considering. That was a truly awful look you were sporting in 1996.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)

Kahimi Karie is better looking than his current girlfriend.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)

The anonymous commenters here are very funny, once you get a feel for them. "Kahimi Karie is better looking." It needed to be said! Where do these people come from? Also, Momus looks better now, more distinguished, it needs to be said.


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vogdoid
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vogdoid
Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)

I like "David Hamilton". My favorite from that era is "Cat from the Future"...it'd be great to hear a new version of that one.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)

Which album do I have to hunt down to hear David Hamilton?


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xishimarux
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ishimaru
Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)

Honestly. I think you look better now than you did back then. Laila has aged really well but I don't think she was too old back when you recorded with her.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)

Lose the goatee and you would have looked like one of those boyband teenyboppers. A lot of them sported the 'mushroom' haircut.


- Mazie.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
hot aesthetics

this blog is sooo cool! i can't almost believe this! my boyfriend looks better than the best looking man on the world (and also on the moon). and the best looking woman looks worse than him 8)


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crooksandlucy
crooksandlucy
sound affects
Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
daub'll take

every-one in the first photo looks like someone i know or used to and it totally messed with my head for a moment.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jun. 30th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)

i kept thinking that you looked terribly strange, apart from the sleezy ninetiesness of everything, and then i realized it's because you still had both eyes back then. do you ever feel nostalgia for depth perception?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jul. 1st, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)

Oh, obviously! I mean, a breast looks very different when it's flat!


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jul. 1st, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)

yes you look much better , you give a younger fresher image now ! the momus is like good wine, it gets better with years.
wow, It was really like a dark age back in the days, everybody in black, thick velvet, furnished appartments, wizman...maybe the polaroid effect.
Though my favorite records of yours came from this era.
I didn't know you appeared on La Grosse Boule, it was my favorite radio show!

Florian.


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badbridges
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badbridges
Wed, Jul. 1st, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)

lookin like an elongated 90s ethan hawke in that last one


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tropigalia
tropigalia
Dewy-Eyed Disney Bride
Wed, Jul. 1st, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)

now that i've met you IRL i feel a lot worse leaving creepy comments, this sucks


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jul. 1st, 2009 07:58 am (UTC)

Dave Gahan lived in your flat with you?


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jul. 1st, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)

You look much better now for sure - the best has yet to come! Aging is cool.

Antonin


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