An interesting island

January 20, 2007

“Did you know there’s a girls’ school with 400 girls just round the corner? Very nice, I’ll tell you, it really is lovely. I mean they’re so beautiful those little girls are. My conscience won’t let me tamper – feel I might damage their lives if I do anything.”

A short, but unusual, 1974 interview with Brian Eno. Conducted by then journalist Chrissie Hynde.

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Resolved

January 1, 2007

“Know from henceforth that for the kind of person whom destiny calls the ordinary rules of life are reversed and become quite different. Good and evil are transferred to another and higher plane, then virtues which might be applauded in an ordinary person would in you become vices, simply because they would only be the source of obstacles and ruin.

“While the great law of the world is not to do this, or that, to avoid one thing, or pursue another: it is to live. To enlarge and develop our most active and sublime qualities in such a way that from any sphere we can always strive to reach another one that is wider and more airy, more elevated. Do not forget that.

“Go straight ahead. Simply do as you please insofar as it serves your interests. Leave weakness and scruple to the petty minds and to the rabble of underlings. There is only one consideration worthy of you: the elevation and greatness of yourself.”

– Boyd Rice “Some Colussus” (extract).

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Completion

October 18, 2006

Just turned up on Dime-A-Dozen, a performance length video of Whitehouse recorded live in the United States earlier this year, namely:

live action 143
05 mar 06
bar – new haven, usa

william bennett, philip best

avalanche, dans, ruthless babysitting, cruise (force the truth), philosophy improv, nzambi ia lufua, cut hands has the solution, munkisi munkondi, a cunt like you, tit pulp, why you never became a dancer, movement 2000

This one is not yet available officially from Susan Lawly. The performance was videotaped but I have no reason to believe that this is the “official” recording.

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“The East Germans had it right. Every group used to have a permit. They should bring them in here.”

Mark E Smith on the Artic Monkeys.

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Pissed-on shark meat

August 27, 2006

The release of a new Bonnie “Prince” Billy (a.k.a. Will Oldham) album is always something to be happy about and the new promo ad (the first of three) for “The Letting Go” couldn’t be any better:

“Sounds like something that would come out on September 11th”

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Boyd Rice, R.I.P.

August 5, 2006

No, he’s not dead but he has decided to stop giving interviews:

“In recent years I’ve grown increasingly weary of words. I’ve been giving interviews for the last 25 or 30 years, more often than not answering the same questions over and over again, ad nauseum. As my disinterest in the same series of questions increases the answers to them inevitably become even less interesting, less articulate and less relevant.

I have decided to participate in one final interview, after which I will leave any works I do to speak for themselves. I will continue to write articles and essays, but cease to answer any further questions.”

The good news is that Boyd is inviting questions by post at:

P.O. Box 300081
Denver
CO 80203
U.S.A.

More information can be found at the official Boyd Rice website.

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Over the last 25 years I have probably seen Whitehouse play live at least a couple of dozen times. The last few years, post-Sotos, have seen them achieve new levels of intensity and sheer joyous belligerence. I believe that, right now, they are at their artistic and creative peak. Now more than ever, Whitehouse can be relied on to deliver the goods.

For me, this short fragment of “A cunt like you”, recorded live in Vienna in 2003 (Live Action 99), totally captures the exuberance and spirit of the new, live Whitehouse experience.

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