imomus (imomus) wrote,

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),

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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February 10 2010, 06:21:50 UTC 11 years ago

Absorbing indeed!
Godspeed, Nick. Looking forward to your next incarnation.

Sean T.


February 10 2010, 06:44:46 UTC 11 years ago

That's a real shame...
Dear Nick, thank you for the great journey!
Best of luck elsewhere - or maybe here again sometime.
I won't say goodbye to Momus, because I know I'll follow you wherever you go next.

I won't try to explain how much Click Opera has changed me/meant to me, because I think I've given you a clear enough picture.

I will only say, thank you very much for this blog, I wish you a happy 50th birthday, and the very best in all your work.
I'd like to see a compendium of a sort, one which brings all of Momus' self-penned concepts into one entry. "Cute formalism", "Superlegitimacy", "Famous for 15 people", "Itchy... interval"? See, I'm losing it already. And there were plenty more. If someone would be so kind as to gather them and the links to their originating post/essay it would serve a great purpose.

On a personal note, I'm feeling a bit lost without so reliable guide to depend on anymore. I hope that lingers on unblemished without insult tacked upon it. If some anon does, though, make it good.


February 10 2010, 07:16:46 UTC 11 years ago

Good luck for the future! This blog has provided me with inspiration, frustration and - mostly -pleasure. I hope you continue your internet writings in some form for the future.

And Happy 50th birthday!

Like many have mentioned, I feel very sad... it feels like a death, or the amputation of intimacy... best of luck in all your future projects... many of us will, essentially, be waiting by the phone hoping for a next call...
Goodbye God, and good luck! thank you!
O tanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu.

I only came across your blog about a year and a half ago, and since then it's been the only one I read on a regular basis. Thank you for everything. Sorry to see you go, but it's good to know I can go back to 2004 and start from the beginning.
By chance i stumbled upon your tender pervert album in a second hand shop 3 years ago. i'd never heard of you but knew purely from the title it would be leaving the store with me.
Since then ive read click opera nearly everyday, even working backwards when i missed days knowing a treat was waiting when i had time to delve in.

You created quite a community here & like many others this was probably my favourite click on the web. Your generosity seemed boundless/fearless when sharing new ideas/discoveries/follies/propositions. We are all indebted to your imagination whether proponent or dissent & the enthusiasm with which you maintained CO.

You are an inimitable artist in a completely different ether to your contemporaries.
I shall miss CO dearly but intend to face its wane into anxious interval valiantly.
I wish you happiness in all your endeavours & very much look forward to all future output.

Thanks for posting.

Steffan Halperin



February 10 2010, 08:12:24 UTC 11 years ago

It's good to read other people saying your blog changed the way they think... I agree, you've really succeeded in articulating certain ideas and opinions which I find myself coming back to a lot these days. This blog is an incredible achievement. Congratulations, happy birthday, enjoy a new kind of morning.
very best,
Ant H


February 10 2010, 08:35:26 UTC 11 years ago

Happy birthday, Momus! Thanks for Click Opera.



February 10 2010, 08:48:09 UTC 11 years ago

It's been brilliant. Many thanks and happy returns.

Goodbye, I really shall miss you.
Have a swell time.


February 10 2010, 09:14:40 UTC 11 years ago

It was a pleasure to "travel" with you for the last couple of years!

Good Luck,



February 10 2010, 09:15:55 UTC 11 years ago

breakfasts will never be the same again...many happy returns for tomorrow and good luck. gary.


February 10 2010, 09:21:34 UTC 11 years ago



February 10 2010, 09:23:08 UTC 11 years ago

Happy Birthday Nick!
It was Hisae who first showed me your essays on your website. Of course I had known about your work with Kahimi Karie- I'd be surprised if anyone who's vaguely into music and spent any time in Tokyo in the 90s didn't know of Momus. I bought 'I am a Kitten' in the Shibuya HMV just for the pictures in the CD. I liked the music too! In my envious teenage mind, I thought of you as the lucky gaijin who's dating Kahimi Karie and writing strange songs for her. So for one reason or another, when Hisae showed me your website i was a little 'ah Momasu ne....' but then I started reading your essays and subsequently Click Opera. I found your take on Japan refreshing, your ideas stimulating and your music tastes similar to mine. I started reading Click Opera fairly regularly- it felt like reading a cultural newspaper column written by someone I trust and admire. I went and bought old and new Momus records. I started recommending Click Opera to friends, until it became pretty common in my circle of friends to start conversations with something like 'you know that post in Click Opera the other day.....'
I guess my personal highlights would be the golden era of Momus vs Marxy, the phase where you often wrote about text vs texture or the politics of texture, the posts where you put your sociology and anthropology hats on, the one off gems like when you started wearing Hisae's hair and of course your 'art' posts. There are probably quite a lot of chunks I missed out on, but seeing that you're keeping it all up, I'll no doubt go into the archives for the periods I missed out on.
Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you, for what to me has been one of the most generous, intelligent and hilarious blogs on the web- I will miss it, but look forward to your new works. It was great to see you both in Tokyo- I thought I'd wait to thank you until the day....Otsukare sama desu!

first of all hello
one way killer
thirdly my nose has dissapeared
and i think of you as a friend
it has been a comfort with no end
i know in the past
it was a thrilling thing to have done
please con the mirror
i think this reality is more worse than we imagine
help us build a strong bond
because we cant fix things on our ownsome lonesome

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