Posts from 18th March 2009

Mar 09

Its TradIndie Dad!

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This lacklustre ad for a festival (via Popjustice Twitter) for some reason reminds me of nothing less than how Trad Jazz bands used to advertise their niche wares in the late seventies. Much like much of the worst excesses of CAMRA, the affair seems there to celebrate an inbred scene which can only define itself against what it doesn’t like. In this case what it doesn’t like appears to be cheerleaders and fireworks.

Well, I don’t know about your festival going experience, but I can’t say I recall seeing that many cheerleaders at festivals. Perhaps in the 1982 Glastonbury headlined by Toni Basil, but not since. AND WHO HATES FIREWORKS. Only King Funhater III The Miserable, King Of Funhatingdonia in the continent of IHATEFUNOPA, that’s who. And that bloke who was blinded in the Public Safety Announcement by the rocket in the milk-bottle, who has probably emigrated to Funhatingdonia already for their No Fireworks policy. Not Oxfordshire.


Crime Writers: Jim Thompson

The Brown Wedge2 comments • 416 views

I like a writer who defies real comparison with anyone else in their genre. The closest to Jim Thompson would be Dostoyevsky, I think, except Thompson is far bleaker, far more negative about human nature. He’s also a stranger and more experimental writer. This is particularly surprising, given that his work was published far from any locus of critical acclaim: he wrote for crime pulps, and for cheap paperback novel publication.

You may have seen one or two films of his work: The Grifters was a fine adaptation of one of his last really strong works (his great years run from the start of the ’50s to the mid-’60s), whereas both versions of The Getaway graft on a lame happy ending. The actual ending is the most scary and depressing piece of writing I’ve ever read, creating a caged existence of constant terror.


NICOLE – “A Little Peace”

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#500, 15th May 1982

In the world of Marvel and DC Comics, the 100th, 200th (etc) issues of a title were considered real milestones. To maximise sales of these anniversary specials, the companies would often use them to launch particularly big storylines: deaths, marriages, epic battles. But often this meant that the run of issues immediately before the anniversary were especially poor – the title would be in a holding pattern, putting out meaningless and unmemorable issues to kill numbers before the big one, and following it would become a chore. If the long-awaited 500th issue also turned out to suck – well, you can imagine how frustrating that was.