Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Relax (New York Mix) In his peerless quest for sonic perfection, in 1983, Frankie Goes To Hollywood producer Trevor Horn worked on numerous twelve-inch versions of the band’s soon-to-be hit single ‘Relax’. The most obscure of these was an eight minute, twenty second edit called simply ‘The New York Mix’. I remember my mother buying…

Musique Afrique

We stopped by our favourite Peckham music emporiums to pick up some of the latest imports from Lagos and Ibadan. We sent our finds to resident Art & Music editor David Sheppard to see what he made of them. Haruna Ishola Adebayo, known to his legions of African aficionados as ‘Baba Ngani Agba’ is a…

Mermaid

The Folkestone Triennial 2011

Bells, boats, clocks, water-powered lifts, lighthouses, washed-up sea creatures, even mermaids – now that sounds like the makings of a fine day out by the sea. Except this is not just a jaunt with the promise of cod and chips or sandy beaches, this is a fraction of what you’ll be surprised and enchanted by…

Comet Gain

Comet Gain, Howl of the Lonely Crowd

Fortuna Pop! Righteous stalwarts of the independent scene, Comet Gain have been ploughing their kitchensink- inspired furrow for eighteen years now. To draw the inevitable comparison, that’s twice the lifespan of The Beatles’ helter-skelter existence. Unlike The Beatles, however, they’re never going to change. Their brand of grainy monochrome 16mm punk rock vignettes might not…

Snow White

Watch Me Move

15 June – 11 September 2011, Barbican Art Gallery Covering the first 150 years of animation with an eclectic selection of key works and screenings, Watch Me Move delves into the myriad, diverse styles and interpretations contained within animation’s vast repertoire. The exhibition begins in a strange, almost ghostly space where screens hang suspended in…

Rosetta

Grayson Perry’s ARTY FACTS

Grayson Perry has spent two years exploring the vaults of the British Museum selecting artwork for a new exhibition that will open this autumn. The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman will include an extensive and eclectic array of objects that have personal meaning for the Turner Prizewinning artist, widely known for his detailed, colourfully subversive…

Suicide Silence

Tattoo Much, Much Too Young

Thinking of getting a tattoo? Resident columnist Dave Lazer has some sound advice Through my work, I often have to ‘rep’ at gigs by bands which are unsigned – and often unsignable. Just last week it was my honour and privilege to attend an all day ‘screamo’ event. For those of you not familiar with…

The Revolution in Heaven will not be Televised

I first heard Gil Scott-Heron’s song ‘The Revolution Will No Be Televised’ on the grassroots independent media project www. indymedia.org when it was covering Prague’s ‘S26’ demonstration against the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in September 2000. I was there for the demo – an overwhelming experience that changed my life and worldview. It also sent…