Tuesday, 15 March 2011

‘In Screamadelica’ and ‘Waterloo Sunset’ by Joe England



In Screamadelica

When I began writing my first novel about a video of a snuff movie found in a lay-by bin, I had no idea where it was going to go. What I did know as cast-iron fact was that I wanted the narrator to be obsessed with a classic album, exactly like a good friend of mine, who still no doubt to this day plays ‘Doolittle’ by the Pixies like it came out yesterday.
          I couldn’t use that album as it was too obvious a choice so instead I went through CD and old vinyl, searching.
          What soon became apparent was how many albums I still played regularly that were getting on a bit – ‘London Calling’ The Clash, ‘Rubber Soul’ The Beatles, ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ Sex Pistols, ‘Bolan Boogie’ T Rex, ‘Touch Me’ Gary Glitter, ‘All Mod Cons’ The Jam.
          But none of these albums seemed to ring true for my narrator.
          Only one album constantly came back into the reckoning time and time again, younger than the albums I have just mentioned but one that retains a freshness of sound so long after its heyday.
          In ‘Screamadelica’ I had my own ‘Doolittle’.
          Primal Scream are a band who blend rave/soul/blues/funk/punk like no other and this year is the twentieth anniversary of their Mercury Music Prize winning album. There is a special edition vinyl boxed set and CD boxed set released yesterday and also the band are playing a UK tour starting today, performing the whole album live track-by-track, accompanied by Andrew Weatherall on the decks.
          Like anyone who goes to these gigs and/or purchases the boxed edition, ‘Screamadelica’ will quite rightly take you back in time to 1991 and early 1992. A time when I also played the album to death. It is definitely worth returning to.
                  

Waterloo Sunset

Mopping out the bogs
me, Hugo and Job
ignoring the comments
from so many snobs
bigmouthed gobs
blaming us for the stench
that they make

Mopping out the bogs
me, Hugo and Job
no disgrace in working
while others are jerking
off behind closed doors
but we can hear those
porn pages rustle

wankers

© Joe England 2011

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