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May 09, 2007

As seen from Northanger Abbey


It is a little more blatant vanity blogging at the Flea today with an interview at Mr. Joe Blog's Blog!. Aside from his views on the way God intended whiskey to be drunk, he seems an entirely reasonable chap.

And I was delighted to discover Postpolitical through a Technorati search. This post is the first blogosphere-based review of my music... for me, a big deal.

... I visit his MySpace page and the guy is very 80s industrial (which is good). He also makes some very wild ambient music, which sounds kind of like a creepier version of early SPK (if you can imagine such a thing). He describes it as music for an “unwritten horror film.” Which is how Rhys Fulber and Bill Leeb once described Front Line Assembly’s genre ambition. Although Flea’s music actually sounds like it and FLA’s attempt with Delerium sounds like…well, let’s face it: Enigma.

I am particularly impressed by Lee Garnett's true and faithful use of "industrial" - a term so often misapplied to the likes if NIN* - and that he took the time to consider my stated musical influences. For Flea-readers who are not familiar with Clock DVA he links "The Hacker", a track from Buried Dreams; one of the creepiest albums I have ever heard.** My favourite piece from the album is "The Unseen". I think of it every time I read At the Mountains of Madness, I will link it once it makes its way on to the tubes...

* Thanks again to everyone who has sent me links to the new Trent Reznor marketing campaign and album material. No, I am still not going to link to it.
** Reportedly Jeffrey Dahmer's listening choice as the cops arrived. Thanks for that image Wikipedia!

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 9, 2007 07:14 AM


That was quite the cheeky interview. ;-)

Also, you said "swallow."

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 9, 2007 11:51 AM

Yes, but what kind of swallow?

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 9, 2007 11:53 AM

Funny, for some reason I always thought that cannibalistic serial killers would have bland, commonplace musical tastes, and that Dahmer doted on things like REO Speedwagon or Mariah Carey. I don't know why I thought that -- probably because, as a weird-music fan it always irritated me how serial killers were portrayed as weird-music fans in the movies.

Posted by: Andrea Harris [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 9, 2007 10:54 PM

I could not agree more. I think the average serial killer is far more likely to be listening to AM Top 40 than peculiar mid-80s industrial. In this respect, I doubt the average serial killer is any different than most people. Plus, there is something much creepier about cannibalism set to a Mariah Carey soundtrack than something self-consciously "disturbing".

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 10, 2007 10:03 AM