Something of a Proustian Madeleine moment or me I d Ormen i Essex forgotten how awful Craig David s Fill Me In was or thator a time it was impossible to get away Bare It All (Love Undercover, from Siso s Thong Song As Haines points out in the book by then TotP meantar less than it once did killed off not so much by the internet as broadband was still not exactly widely available then but by the move Bare It All (Love Undercover, from Thursday night to Friday which killed off its did you see watercoolerplayground discussion appealAfter the dissolution of Black Box Recorder Hainesinds himself working to put together a musical about property magnate and latter day Rachman Nicholas Van Hoogstraaten It s another episode that had me wondering An Elusive Victorian for a moment if it was a joke a parody of the sort of thing that might be expected to excite the kind of people who determine the programming at the National Theatre and on perhaps on some level it was but if so it was one that Haines was able to keep a straightace about A Bird in the House for long enough to get development money out of the NTOn one level this is the story ofailure specifically the ailure to sell many records I wonder if Sarah Nixey really did believe Haines when he told her he would make her a pop star But really its the exact opposite of that the story of a determined eccentric a real one off refusing to kowtow to the commercial pressures of the day ploughing his own urrow and making the records he wants to make And making a living out of it along the wayAt least I assume he does Perhaps he was independently wealthy all along and is burning through a vast inherited The Last Imaginary Place fortune there is as another reviewer pointed out none of that David Copperfield crap in this book I had to love this book since whenever I see my name in print I have an orgasm and I m mentioned several times in this tome Butear not I also gave Luke s Not Just Roommates first book Bad Vibes aive star rating and I m not mentioned once in that Bad Vibes is great and this is even better because it mentions me and tells it like it is about what a terrible album London Calling by The Clash is among others I don t see eye to eye with Luke about all his musical tastes or indeed the best way to make scrambled eggs but these are minor uibbles and overall Post Everything is a side splittingly Cassidy Harte and the Comeback Kid (Outlaw Hartes, funny insight into the world of rock and roll Were the pages of my copy of this book not so sticky I might make some detailed points but hey what do you really need to kno. Ll manager and a shady transgender German Professor exponent of a dangerous and radical 'Beatles denial' cult and author of The Theorem of the Moron the most important book about rock that you've never heard of Haines eveninds time to write a musical Jean-Paul Sartre for the National TheatreBlisteringlyunny and searingly scathing Post Everything may uite possibly be the Vintage Games first and only truly surreal comic rock memoir It even contains a killer recipeor scrambled eg.
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Fantastic book on the second half of Luke Haines career If you ve never heard of him please google his name he s a genius Another Zamba fantastic memoirrom Haines a must The Erotic Motive in Literature for anyone with any interest in British music The second and the best of the Luke Haines books And theirst one is very enjoyable but this one seems tighter because I think the subject matter is much better The The Detour first one is about being in the music world during Brit Pop and this one is abouthim in his own world I highly recommend this book if you are a Black Box Recorderan because it pretty much covers those years and his commentary like the irst book is also much wittier Although his image is of a grouch I think he is actually a very good critic Which means I don t agree with him all the time but he knows how to say what s on his mind and he does it with great spirit Also the one problem I have with him music wise is his smarty pants teacher like attitude towards culture But alas in this book he gives credit to those who were there irst And he has a really nice and interesting reading list at the back of the book including one of my The Adventures of Rusty faves Stewart Home And I am hoping that Mr Haines will return to empty page andill it with some grief and good humor This was a book I ound all but impossible to disentangle rom my own memories of the time it relates to I m reading Luke Haines two memoirs out of seuence because the local library happened to have the second one in stock when a post on Goodreads reminded me that they existed I d heard him talking about the Mamá first volume years ago on Steve Lamac s Round Table and mentallyiled it away on my ever growing to read list I don t know that this mattered I know that the Auteurs were the under achievers of mid 90s British indie rock and that Luke Haines had a great talent When Mutants Attack! (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for self sabotage strange though to think now that New Wave made all the best of lists at the end of 1993 but a year later Now I m a Cowboy which to my ears is both a accessible and a interesting record was nowhere to be seen Had he really made so many enemies so uicklyAnyway the book begins with a sort of stream of consciousness ramble post everything about the end of the period when pop music was actually a major part of British culture or at least I think that s the point he s trying to make over a period of time which pretty much coincided with when I stopped reading the weekly music pres. Britain in the late 1990s Post Britpop The dawn of the rock and roll apocalypse If iteels like there's nothing new under the sun that's because there is nothing new under the sun After the death of Kurt Cobain popular culture entered and is still in its inal phase post everything Post Everything is the seuel to the hugely acclaimed Bad Vibes Britpop and My Part in its Downfall It is a story of survival in the music industry and the only way to survi.
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S listening to the Evening Session on Radio 1 or arguing with strangers on the internet about the merits or otherwise of whatever was lavour of the week at wwwnmecom Looking back I thought I d just outgrown it but reading Haines I wonder if it was alternative music itself that had backed itself into a corner and run out of ideas I m sure there were people doing genuinely interesting things somewhere but it wasn t coming to my attention I struggled to see why the music press was getting excited about Razorlight or the bloody Libertines Maybe if I d been ten years younger they would have been my bands or maybe I wouldn t have been interested in music at allThe book proper kicks off with the The Bomber Dog formation of Black Box Recorder described in the chapter heading as Chas Dave with a Chanteuse the chapter headings are a part of the book s appeal The Rock and Roll Arthur Scargill or a particularavourite of mine describing his encounter with self important vegetarian Chrissie Hynde Sausage Nuremburg I was sort of Novelas de Isabel Allende familiar with Black Box Recorder as their second album and by Haines account their best was amongst a pile of CDs my partner in crime at a by then doomed internet start up had left with me when he ran away to the other side of the world to get awayrom it all we were sort of trying to do Facebook six years too early and online community software was never uite as snappy a term as social networking The account of how successive record companies kept giving them development money to go record and mix songs that they then wouldn t release and perhaps goes some way to explaining why the music industry ended up on its knees a Dreams Made Flesh (The Black Jewels, few years laterInterspersed with this are a series of comic dwams in which Hainesinds himself in conversation with a talking cat and with the dead rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls about his solo project which he describes as a kind of white English hip hop concept album The Oliver Twist Manifesto I confess I had to look this up on wikipedia as I d half wondered if it was any real than Dirk Zweick s music industry bible Theorem of the Moron Thanks to Spotify I can confirm that it does exist and that it doesn t sound remotely like anything Tupac Shakur ever recordedI enjoyed the account of the three accidental pop stars appearance on Top of The Pops when The Facts of Life made the top 20 in 2001 indeed the re printed top 20 chart The Fearless Critic Portland Restaurant Guide from that list was. Ve the tyrannical scourge of Britpop is to become an OutsiderWe open with Luke Haines the 'avant garde Arthur Scargill' calling upon the nation's pop stars to down tools and go on strike We get the story of Haines' post Britpop art house trio Black Box Recorder Chas and Dave with a chanteuse then barely pausing to put in a brief appearance on Top of the Pops we meet a talking cat two dead rappers Notorious BIG and Tupac Shakur a mystical Englandootba.
Luke Haines is an English musician songwriter and author who has recorded music under various names and with various bands including The Auteurs Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder