Is This The Way The Future Is Supposed To Feel?

Or just fifteen thousand people standing in a field?

I found this footage online, ten minutes of videotape from the massive Sunrise Energy rave in 1989. It’s a fascinating piece of social history, so many people dancing in an aircraft hanger and outdoors in broad daylight. The stars are the crowd- black and white, male and female, all of them dancing- all of them- a mass of colourful clothing and dry ice. At the end a couple of cars are on fire- no-one really seems to notice.

‘You want to call your Mother and say ”Mother, I can never come home because I seem to have left an important part of my brain somewhere, somewhere in a field in Hampshire.”

Away from the utopian dream of a new rave based way of life the two men largely responsible for Sunrise Energy were Tony Colston-Hayter and Paul Staines. Colston-Hayter was a young Tory entrepreneur and named in the papers as ‘Acid’s Mr Big’. He claims he was an anarcho-capitalist. The Shoom crowd say he was regarded as a Hooray Henry, a ‘loud dickhead and a laughing stock’. Last year he was jailed for five and a half years for masterminding the theft of £1.3 million from Barclays by hacking into bank accounts. Paul Staines is the unpleasant right-wing blogger Guido Fawkes. Nice one, top one, sorted.

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We Were Born Within An Hour Of Each Other


I like a bit of Nick Cave every now and then but I sometimes think I’d be happy never to hear one of his piano ballads again. Apart from this one- his cover of Pulp’s Disco 2000. Nick Cave takes Jarvis’ tale of school day crushes, lost love, growing up and the turn of the millennium, and slows it right down. Yes, there’s piano, yes, it’s a ballad, but it works a treat. This was released as a B-side to Pulp’s Bad Cover Version single, which presumably was someone’s idea of a joke.

I Only Went With Her Cos She Looks Like You



I saw the reformed Pulp playing Reading on Saturday night (on the telly I mean. I wasn’t actually there). They looked in fine form, with Jarvis more the raconteur between songs than ever, a hits heavy set and Richard Hawley joining them towards the end. So here’s one of their best moments, Babies, with Jarvis hiding in the wardrobe to spy on his friend’s sister who was ‘two years older and had boys in her room’.

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Another track from a series of free cds that came with Select magazine ten-plus years ago. This is Black Box Recorder, a band formed by former Auteur Luke Haines, John Moore (previously in The Jesus and Mary Chain and John Moore’s Expressway) and singer Sarah Nixey. They made some interesting records, a bit like a sarcastic and caustic St Etienne. This song, The Facts Of Life, is remixed by The Chocolate Layers, a psuedonym for Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey (both from Pulp, obviously). For the record this cd was Revolutions 01, and also featured Stereophonics (urgh), Queens Of the Stone Age’s Feel Good Hit Of The Summer (yes!), Alpinestars (Manc electronica), The Go-Betweens (I really should feature something by them), Tailgunner featuring Noel Gallagher (nein danke), The Automator and Kool Keith (turn of the millenium hiphop), The Delgados (never really checked them out but believe they’re very good), Brothers In Sound, My Vitriol, King Adora (ha, remember them), Underworld (Pearl’s Girl live) and Grandaddy. Mixed bag then really.

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Six Months Of Condemnation

Interesting article by John Harris in Friday’s Guardian, initially about the student protests. I’ll recap some of his points, and add a few. Obviously it attracted it’s fair share of criticism from the people that leave comments on webpages. Y’know bloggers and the like.

The Con-Dem government have been in power for six months.
They have no real mandate (about 1 in 5 of the population voted Tory).
The Dem part of the government have reneged on various manifesto pledges (Clegg signed a pledge against increasing university tuition fees. Tuition fees increased this week).
Higher education is to become the preserve of the wealthy again.
EMA (up to £30 for poorer 16-18 year olds staying on at college) is to be axed.
This week Ian Duncan Smith refered to avoidance of work as a ‘sin’.
But there are currently 5 unemployed people going for each available job.
Child care credit is to be cut to ‘force’ young mothers back to work.
The cuts the government are bringing in in benefit reform and welfare will, according to many independent commentators including the Institute for Fiscal Studies, hit poorer families and women the hardest.
Plans to restructure housing benefit could lead to a dramatic increase in evictions, DHS B&B, and homelessness.
Libraries, care for the elderly and other public facilities are going to be closed.
Arts budgets will be cut by up to 100% by some councils.
The bankers will be left to do what they do, and be paid enormous bonuses, despite them being partly responsible for some of the mess. Barclays has announced a bonus pot of £1.6 billion.
The cabinet contains 18 millionaires.
David Cameron (ex-Eton and Oxford) describes himself and his wife as ‘middle-class’.
His personal fortune is estimated at somewhere between £3.4 million.
Cameron’s helper Nick Clegg is sitting on £1.8 million.
Middle-class or old-school, rich, ruling elite?
We’re all in this together.

In other news Pulp have reformed.

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