Sorry for Temporary Lack of Posts

A combination of being ill and doing the Freelancer Tax Panic has left me unable to complete the Batpost I was going to post yesterday. With luck I’ll be releasing The Glam Rock Murders tomorrow, and there’ll be a Crisis post on Thursday.

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5 Responses to Sorry for Temporary Lack of Posts

  1. plok says:

    Don’t worry, we’ll all be quite well occupied with listening to old Kinks albums for the next little while, you devil.

    And as far as the panic goes: no, no. Take it nice and smooth.

    Remember we all love you and think you’re the best.

    Is that not so, fellow Andrew peeps?

    • plok says:

      Oh no, we’re still alll thinking about Rasa, and I have commited the sin of trying to Make Fetch Happen!

      (covers head)

      (slinks away)

  2. TAD says:

    Sorry to divert from the topic, but Andy, was your early songwriting influenced by The Smiths much? I’ve been listening to some early Smiths lately, I definitely hear some of your vibe in the guitars and the overall feel of some songs. Just curious. I don’t remember you mentioning The Smiths as influence, though.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      No, definitely not — I’ve never liked the Smiths.
      I think there is probably a similarity there, but it comes from Johnny Marr sharing a lot of the same influences as me — Marr was the person who brought the influence of people like Bert Jansch back into British guitar music after punk, but also combined it with strong influences from Motown and glam. If you’re a technically-limited guitarist (as Marr was when he started out, though he got very good, and as I still am) trying to incorporate those influences into an idiom that’s been influenced by punk, and you’re doing three-minute pop songs, you’re going to end up doing the same sorts of things.
      (Even so, I think there’s no more similarity there than there is to, say, REM).
      But I’ve never actually listened much to the Smiths — when growing up around Manchester in the early 90s, they were liked by the people who used to bully me, and that put me off. And I’ve always felt that while the backing tracks sounded OK, they were ruined by Morrisey. But I can’t even call more than two Smiths songs to mind (Panic and This Charming Man — though I also know You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby from Kirsty MacColl’s cover version). And Morrisey having turned into (or having always been) a raving fascist put me off ever examining them any further.

      • TAD says:

        I was also thinking that on the early Munchkin stuff, Rebecca’s vocal often floated over the chords in a way similar to Morrissey’s. If that makes sense. It was probably her lack of musical training, I suspect, more than a Smiths influence though. I probably know about the same number of Smiths songs that you do. I liked Morrissey’s first 2 solo albums, but lost track of him after that. I haven’t followed his politics, although I know he’s a bit of a curmudgeon about people and the world, in general. Perhaps what started off as something funny and unique, became outright hatred as he got older.

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