FELT (Go Kart Mozart, Denim)... Lawrence is amazing!

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FELT (Go Kart Mozart, Denim)... Lawrence is amazing!

I just had to let that out... also.. I am looking for a copy of Forever Breathes The Lonely Word on CD.. anyone?

Todd E. Jones tejones@kforce.com

Todd E. Jones, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

i was disappointed with the go-kart mozart album, nice sleeve design (check the martin parr boring postcard bull ring), but found it rather flat. denim i remember being ok though. i have a pink felt cd, i cant remember it though. i'll play it tonight

gareth, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Sounds like you've got Bubblegum Perfume, Gareth - the Creation round- up. If it turns out you play it tonight and don't think much to it, I'll be only too willing to take it off your hands for a good price. Let me know!

Dr. C, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

desperate to get denim 'on ice' the song 'it fell off the back of a lorry' is one of the best songs i have ever heard.

ambrose, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I love Felt (but have no records) [my bid for indie-country crossover stardom starts right there]. The albums are great, and they're pretty high up on my 'must buy' list, but I haven't actually seen them anywhere for ages...

I have Back In Denim, which is ace ("in the seventies there were Osmonds, there were lots of little Osmonds..."), but I got pissed off with the singles from 'On Ice' and never bought it.

Also have the Go-Kart Mozart album, which is patchy (but I forgive it everything for name-checking Poing by the Rotterdam Termination Source).

emil.y, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Felt albums on cd are very difficult to find, in my experience.

Nicole, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

'Denim On Ice' almost a permanent fixture in the bargain basement of the NNG R+T (and no doubt many other similar establishments.)My fave Denim track - 'We Are The New Potatoes' from their 'Novelty Rock' EP.

Jane Suck died in 77....

Andrew L, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

ER nHg (Notting Hill Gate)

Andrew L, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

'Denim On Ice' almost a permanent fixture in the bargain basement of the NNG R+T (and no doubt many other similar establishments.)My fave Denim track - 'We Are The New Potatoes' from their 'Novelty Rock' EP.

I wish that were the case in the states -- I finally had to have someone burn me a copy (thanks fernando!).

Nicole, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I forgive it everything for name-checking Poing by the Rotterdam Termination Source

isn't that just a rehash of namechecking Ravesignal III (and where did it all go wrong CJ?)

gareth, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Nicole, the Cherry red albums are all still available on CD, on for example Amazon.co.uk. The Creation ones are out-of-print, I think, but GEMM.com has loads of them.

Dr. C, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Thanks for the tip! That's what I get for just checking record shops.

Nicole, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

I have got "Absolute Classic Masterpieces" which is a kind of best of. Quite nice to listen to. The best track is the one with Liz Fraser if I remember well. Felt is a little bit a myth I feel. They sound like an amateurish band. Which can be charming. But one record in my collection is definitely enough.

alex in mainhattan, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Felt was great, but it seemed like it was fronted by a man who mainly provided the background. Maurice Deebank.. now that's an amazing guitarist. As was Martin Duffy on keys.

Brian MacDonald, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Mick Bund was also in Felt for a while. Whatever happened to Maurice Deebank...one of my favourite guitarists of all time (I might even say "favourite of all time" were it not for Vini Reilly). The strangest Felt album has got to be "Train Across the City" - all instrumentals, Lawrence isn't on it! Some of the tracks are pretty good though. My favourite is "Spectral Morning".

MarkH, Thursday, 8 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

They dropped MD off after a gig and never bothered to get in touch again, is what I heard.

He surfaced on a St. Ettiene track "Paper" which he co-wrote. I don't know which album or single this track was originally on, but it's on the Smash the System comp.

I prefer Deebank-era Felt to Duffy-era Felt, although I'm not fond of MD's florid classical-style playing. They sound best when he's kept on a tight leash e.g Penelope Tree or Mexican Bandits. "Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty", the debut, is a classic, and it's downhill from there IMHO.

Dr. C, Thursday, 8 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

It's a shame Maurice Deebank hasn't done more since Felt, his guitar playing was so unique -- the classical touches added a certain something that's lacking from a lot of other guitar players.

Nicole, Thursday, 8 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

The MAURICE DEEBANK Solo CD "Inner Thought Zone" is quite good. I listen to it almost every single day at least once during work on my cpu. All instrumental... it's just like old FELT stuff.... "Ignite The Seven Cannons.." instrumentals only more tightly produced. The CD was re-released with more tracks. He went into the studio to make new tracks. I heard he's living with a girl in SPAIN.. Did anyone hear the song PAPER he co-wrote with St. Ettiene. It was the b-side to the AVENUE single. Todd

Todd E. Jones, Thursday, 8 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

yes, "Paper"! It's also on an earlier St Etienne comp "You need a mess of help to stand alone". Somehow I didn't realise/had forgotten this was Deebank and maybe I'd also been put off this track by the lyrics, which include "Only love can mend a broken heart" (remind you of anything?). I will certainly check out the Deebank solo cd tho.

MarkH, Friday, 9 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

three years pass...
There's a pretty great "classic album's revisited" type article on Back In Denim in this month's Mojo (by either Ian Harrison or Roy Wilkinson or Andrew Harrison, one of those three); also it mentions that the Go-Kart Mozart Tearing Up The Charts album finally gets a release next month, staggeringly amazon seem to back this up. New Product Hurrah!

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 11 April 2005 14:25 (seventeen years ago) link

wow! THAT IS EXCITING. I loved the last album. I gave it a rave review in the village voice, but i don't think too many people bought it in the states:

http://www.villagevoice.com/music/0043,seward,18841,22.html

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 11 April 2005 14:31 (seventeen years ago) link

gee, this is truly the only new record i have been so excited to hear in years. he's my hero though.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 11 April 2005 14:33 (seventeen years ago) link

I need to finally get some more Felt stuff here.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 11 April 2005 14:35 (seventeen years ago) link

i just know that by the time i get back to the shop where i saw old copy of Denim on cd it will be long gone - thanks to the article.

grr.

i always kept meaning to pick it up .. but never plumped up the hard earned for it ..

i suspect a lifetime of regret to follow on now ..

mark e (mark e), Monday, 11 April 2005 14:40 (seventeen years ago) link

they had a fairly decent little write-up on denim in the brit-pop issue of mojo.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 11 April 2005 14:45 (seventeen years ago) link

I can see nothing wrong with any of the three Denim albums and the Go-Kart Mozart one. I love them all. Each one is a logical progression of his strange art. Ditto for being excited about this new one.

everything, Monday, 11 April 2005 14:52 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm kinda rabid, but i don't think he's ever put out a bad record. from "Index" to the last one.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 11 April 2005 14:58 (seventeen years ago) link

Is the Denim stuff still in print and, if not, doessomonewanttoyousendit? I feel I deserve it for shelling out $25 a pop for the import Felt reissues way back when.

One of my my fav moment was when Select interviewed a bunch of people about the Exciting New Oasis album and Lawrence Hayward was like, "Oh god I hate it when musicians start singing about their kids.... They should be singing about fucking in the bushes, not their stupid families."

Aaron W (Aaron W), Monday, 11 April 2005 14:58 (seventeen years ago) link

t is still the case the three Denimses to date are the records Most Urgently In Need Of Reissue ever (& Kenickie, etc).

Obviously a new Denim album would perhaps be even more glorious, Denim Takes Over has been on the cards since, um, about 1997 maybe? I love the idea that in Lawrence's mind there is zero overlap between Denim and GKM and that they serve entirely different purposes and appeal to totally different audiences, and songs are specifically written either for one or the other.

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Monday, 11 April 2005 15:00 (seventeen years ago) link

There's a Lawrence solo track on Ekkehard Ehlers' forthcoming compilation album Childish Music (Staubgold 60). It's called "Falling Down A Dam Of Mashed Potatoes", unsurprisingly.

Momus (Momus), Monday, 11 April 2005 15:52 (seventeen years ago) link

also it mentions that the Go-Kart Mozart Tearing Up The Charts album finally gets a release next month, staggeringly amazon seem to back this up

This is great news! I was just ranting to someone this weekend that Lawrence has never even received half of the recognition that he deserves.

Leon WK (Ex Leon), Monday, 11 April 2005 18:21 (seventeen years ago) link

That's great!, adding it to my Amazon wishlist, etc.

Diego Valladolid (dvalladt), Monday, 11 April 2005 18:26 (seventeen years ago) link

I can sell someone with PayPal a copy of Novelty Rock in good nick, and it will not cost US$25.

Deluxe (Damian), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 01:18 (seventeen years ago) link

Novelty Rock currently on sale for £1.99 in Oxfam, Streatham High Road.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 05:10 (seventeen years ago) link

can you buy it for me marcello? i'll pay the postage!

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 05:12 (seventeen years ago) link

i love felt, but could someone give me an angle on the go-kart mozart stuff? because i just can't get into it. it's funny, but not that funny?

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 05:41 (seventeen years ago) link

I think that might be part of the funniness.

Mooro, can you link to that ETA song again?

Please and thank you.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller), Tuesday, 12 April 2005 08:54 (seventeen years ago) link

So, this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00097HDW2/ref=cm_mp_wli_/202-7893692-0081442

is being released the same day as this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00093UQUC/ref=cm_mp_wli_/202-7893692-0081442

Wich I think it's a very happy coincidence.

Diego Valladolid (dvalladt), Thursday, 14 April 2005 11:50 (seventeen years ago) link

one month passes...
I pre-ordered it from the Cherry Red site about a week ago. I didn't expect it to arrive before the 30th, except, it just turned up in the post today.

I've only just got hold of the St Etienne! Overdosing on Most Antipated Records For Several Years, today. I should probably listen to it now.

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Saturday, 14 May 2005 08:42 (seventeen years ago) link

"Antipated", yes, the excitement, you see.

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Saturday, 14 May 2005 08:42 (seventeen years ago) link

OMG. Alex, how is the new Go-Kart Mozart? I can't believe nobody has asked this yet.

retort pouch (retort pouch), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 01:08 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah, does it have any real songs on it or is it another joke album?

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 02:10 (seventeen years ago) link

*splutter* JOKE ALBUM?

If you can't appreciate the towering majesty of songs like "Drinkin' Um Bongo" then I feel sorry for you.

retort pouch (retort pouch), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 02:22 (seventeen years ago) link

well, at least the liner notes were funny.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 02:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Retort pouch OTM. Also, "Plead With the Man", for instance, rarely fails to move me to tears. Almost.

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 06:12 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm not buyin' it. in either sense of the word.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 11:50 (seventeen years ago) link

i am, tho i spent longer reading the inner sleeve than i did listening to the record last time. didn't someone use some of the band name suggestions? i seem to recall they did... lawrence was spotted at the water rats in kings cross about a year ago checking out the tyde (sigh) he looked like he'd been living under a hedge.

cw (cww), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 13:06 (seventeen years ago) link

FYI: All of the 10 original Felt albums -- Creation and Cherry Red titles -- were reissued on CD just about a year ago in those annoying little replica cardboard LP sleeve things, so they shouldn't be too hard to come by now. I don't think they were remastered or anything, but they are out there now.

Hutlock (Hutlock), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 14:01 (seventeen years ago) link

(it is really great, by the way)

It is less psychotic than the last one. It is not dissimilar to Novelty Rock, perhaps. At first I thought it was just an album of "Summer Smash"seses... I don't want to say that it has more 'depth' than that, because, that would be pretty wanky. But. They are "real" songs, yes.

Also, as last time: recommended listening, lyrics to track from next album, bandname suggestions (Shoes & Socks! Salamanda Palaganda!), 'new records to look out for' etc etc. The whole package is a beautiful thing, there is certainly no question at all of this being some kind of sub-Denim pissabout (not that I thought the last album was either, but I gather that others kind of did).

On $|$|< the other day I located a guy who was sharing an unreleased 1998-era-ish version of Denim Takes Over. This was quite surprising. "Trangressions", "City Centre" and "Delta Echo" from the new GKM are also on this, and "At The DDU" apparently previously existed as "Lorra Laughs, Cilla". I need to lavish more time on the rest of it, but, fantastic.

The (Bob Stanley) review of Go-Kart Mozart in the current Uncut includes teensy interview wherein Lawrence claims that a third album will be out later this year, I can't remember if he was referring to Denim or GKM. But the prospect of either is pretty glorious.

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 15:50 (seventeen years ago) link

GKM

PJ Miller (PJ Miller), Wednesday, 18 May 2005 16:07 (seventeen years ago) link

I've only recently gotten into Felt and got into Ignite the Seven Cannons through the remaster/remix. Man, the original version is so different. I know it's somewhat unpopular (well, it appears to be somewhat unpopular), but I think it's pretty fascinating and even a bit enjoyable after fully submersing myself in the remaster/remix. I think the mix definitely gets in the way of the songs, particularly something hooky like 'The Day the Rain Come Down,' but it totally works on another songs.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 27 April 2020 16:46 (two years ago) link

I adore the original "Seven Cannons" and was quite taken aback by the new version. Which songs to you think benefit the most on the new version?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 27 April 2020 17:06 (two years ago) link

I definitely prefer the originals to the de-guthrie’d tracks, love all that shimmery icing...

but I think it’s cool on the new disc because it sounds more like Felt, the band, playing. maybe more of a direct line to the creation records

brimstead, Monday, 27 April 2020 18:11 (two years ago) link

the first two felt albums are like tapestries that just kinda unfurl forever, a ribbon that ties around the whole earth. deserts, snowy tundras, the pacific ocean, all that

I'm going to listen to them all morning


hell yes

brimstead, Monday, 27 April 2020 18:14 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

I really appreciate that it is low alcohol in contrast to these rancid Special Brew-strength ales that are all the rage these days

PaulTMA, Thursday, 10 June 2021 12:29 (one year ago) link

I love both Lawrence and Wreckless Eric so it was a surprise to only find out now that Eric had done a response song to The Great Pub Rock Revival. It is quite something. Apparently they later made up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_mlFyn_1w4

everything, Sunday, 20 June 2021 23:34 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

We're gonna make a record and put it out on Record Store Day.

visiting, Saturday, 17 July 2021 06:09 (one year ago) link

Not much of a song but it looks like Lawrence has a lot of the same records as me.

Wouldn't disgrace a Michael Jackson (Tom D.), Saturday, 17 July 2021 07:46 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Lawrence interview in the guardian today

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/jul/27/lawrence-interview-felt-denim-mozart-estate

Hidden away in there is the news that he will have a new LP out under the name "Mozart Estate"

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 19:05 (two weeks ago) link

i feel as if i have read a version of this article every few years for the last two decades. as a Lawrence agnostic it's still always interesting to read but i do wish they would get over the 'should have been / could have been famous' schtick, every single time.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 19:47 (two weeks ago) link

Was going to say exactly that. Also, I think the main photo was almost identical to one featured in a previous article of maybe a decade ago ago.

Luna Schlosser, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 20:07 (two weeks ago) link

yeah really not a great article, but nice there's a new LP on the way

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 20:16 (two weeks ago) link

I feel a bit weird about hearing the "you can't use the toilet" thing so much - if its a genuine thing (that Lawrence would find it actually distressing) and I've no reason to believe it isn't, then it feels weird to write about it (unless in a really compassionate way). And if its anything else, it just feels a bit ... repeated.

djh, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 20:44 (two weeks ago) link

Was he always a bit camera shy, or is it "getting old sucks and I don't want to show too much"?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 21:18 (two weeks ago) link

i'd like to know what's up with Maurice Deebank?

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 21:35 (two weeks ago) link

He did this interview a few years ago - https://www.outsideleft.com/main.php?updateID=1528

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 21:39 (two weeks ago) link

I finally watched ‘Lawrence of Belgravia’ the other night, thanks BFI Player! Was interesting if a little depressing. I think I already knew everything it contained from various interviews and articles around it.
One thing that struck me was that, yes, Lawrence has not achieved the level of fame and fortune he desired, but does he recognise that, at least with Felt, he’s got a greater artistic legacy than a vast percentage of the people who ever play music?
I’m sure he talks about the Go Kart Mozart material he’s working on at the time of the film being very pop, but it’s a refracted version of the pop of his youth, not the pop that will get him where he wants to be. But I guess it’s the gap between ambition/delusion and reality that’s meant to be captivating?

hamicle, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 21:41 (two weeks ago) link

Xp I’ve already read that one! I’m curious what he has been up to since.

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 21:46 (two weeks ago) link

I think leading a quiet life outside of the business, and you can't blame him.

If I were interviewing Lawrence I'd ask about how he reclaims sounds which are considered tacky and cheap and foregrounds them to expose their hidden qualities and make us think about how / why we ever decided they were bad in the first place, that seems to have been his practice for the best part of 30 years, but nobody asks him about it and he doesn't seem to want to talk about it either. Maybe it just isn't interesting to anyone.

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 21:48 (two weeks ago) link

I feel a bit weird about hearing the "you can't use the toilet" thing so much - if its a genuine thing

It is, by the way.

Let's Get Ready to Trimble (Tom D.), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 21:54 (two weeks ago) link

I just love MD's guitar playing so much that I want to know if he is making music or not and if not why not

No idea what y'all are talking about wrt toilets, do not care tbh

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 23:05 (two weeks ago) link

The thing is, for 40 years visitors to his flat have been given The Toilet Chat

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 23:47 (two weeks ago) link

I still need to watch Lawrence of Arabia and wonder what else people watch on BFI Player.

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 July 2022 00:10 (two weeks ago) link

i feel as if i have read a version of this article every few years for the last two decades. as a Lawrence agnostic it's still always interesting to read but i do wish they would get over the 'should have been / could have been famous' schtick, every single time.

― stirmonster

Yeah, this is the same theme for every interview I've read of his for the last 20 years now. There's no doubt he's some bad luck in the industry, but some of it has to be his own doing too. I remember him being on Mark Riley's show in 2012 and he was complaining about how he couldn't play live because nobody wanted to book him. As the interview went on, Mark mentioned how a number of people had called in from music venues saying they'd love to have him and to get in touch. He just kinda brushed it off and nothing came of it. The guy who made the documentary also says how he used to disappear all the time and he must be like that too when planning his career.

I'm not sure how much more mileage he can get from the Summer Smash/Diana story too. I seem to remember seeing an advert at the time for Summer Smash in the NME or Melody Maker that said it was coming out August 24th, a week before Diana died. I'm sure I cut it out and put it on my wall (along with all my Mansun and Boo Radleys pics). Maybe it got put back last minute as singles did at that time. As great as the song is, I'm not convinced it was going to be the breakthrough hit he was expecting. I don't remember hearing it on radio at all and I was desperate to hear it. I heard It Fell Off The Back Of A Lorry a number of times the previous year.

kitchen person, Thursday, 28 July 2022 01:35 (two weeks ago) link

As I mentioned up thread, jeez, more than a decade ago, if Summer Smash had actually been released it would have been his worst single.

everything, Thursday, 28 July 2022 03:50 (two weeks ago) link

I was a teenage Felt fan in the 80s, and even then I found him an awkward sod. Every new release or gig was a costly gamble. And the thing that always made me doubt the toilet story is that it was commonly told about Kenneth Williams bitd.

fetter, Thursday, 28 July 2022 08:34 (two weeks ago) link

There could be various reasons for the toilet obsession. My guess is that 50% of it is that he is embarrassed about the state of his bathroom (because he can’t afford a refurb and the council/landlord won’t do it ) and 50% hates people using his toilet.

Luna Schlosser, Thursday, 28 July 2022 09:04 (two weeks ago) link

Well, that make two people who etc.

Mark G, Thursday, 28 July 2022 09:04 (two weeks ago) link

Check your bathroom privilege ! Before my bathroom refurb last autumn (probably 15% more expensive now at least) , I dreaded visitors saying “can I just use the bathroom”.

Luna Schlosser, Thursday, 28 July 2022 09:58 (two weeks ago) link

Also, 3 people at least … I remember an Andy Warhol story about how Gala Dali (Dali’s wife) refused to let him use their toilet in their New York hotel suite when he was visiting.

Luna Schlosser, Thursday, 28 July 2022 10:05 (two weeks ago) link

Arabia
Belgravia obv

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 July 2022 10:37 (two weeks ago) link

why take interviewers back to your home at all if it's such an issue?

fetter, Thursday, 28 July 2022 11:32 (two weeks ago) link

It’s difficult to bullshit the journalist in a coffee shop! Some eavesdropping ilm reader might say “you really to drop this ‘could have been famous’ line - and Summer Smash wasn’t ever going to be the hit you thought it’d be…and a few live appearances would be good - you lazy so and so”.

Luna Schlosser, Thursday, 28 July 2022 12:30 (two weeks ago) link

He is playing in Glasgow a week on Saturday tbf.

Let's Get Ready to Trimble (Tom D.), Thursday, 28 July 2022 12:35 (two weeks ago) link

I've written pretty much that same profile of Lawrence - as has seemingly everyone who's ever interviewed him - and yeah, the toilet stuff is both very played out but it is the genuine first thing he says to you. And even before then you're warned by the PR that he'll only do the interview in his flat.

He's friendly but not the easiest person to interview, which would maybe so go some way to explaining why the resulting pieces are so similar.

A few years after I was working in the Waitrose by his flat and he was kind enough to pretend to remember having met me as he paid for his can of Coke. I blurted out something about how I'd spent the bulk of lockdown listening to Felt and he seemed genuinely pleased to hear it.

Seeing him in Hebden Bridge next week and have no idea what to expect. Presumably absolutely zero Felt/Denim stuff?

bain4z, Thursday, 28 July 2022 13:32 (two weeks ago) link

Correct.

Kim Kimberly, Thursday, 28 July 2022 14:14 (two weeks ago) link

Plenty of musicians out there would kill to be as 'successful' as Lawrence is these days

PaulTMA, Thursday, 28 July 2022 14:28 (two weeks ago) link

I for one can't wait to see this plaster bust. Seems a bit rum criticising the snaps as he's clearly made an effort: three costume changes! (he's been raiding the famous cellophane archive) and a new baseball cap (thank god...). Intrigued to hear he's a Nick Cave fan. Yeah, it would be nice if articles could take a different angle to the great lost pop eccentric, but mostly just glad he still garners some attention and makes records. And I like the tramp line.

cw, Thursday, 28 July 2022 17:54 (two weeks ago) link

He knows what it’s like to be disappointed by your idols – “I couldn’t get over it in the 1980s when Lou Reed had a mullet”

Lawrence otm

~insert pun here~ (Matt #2), Thursday, 28 July 2022 18:54 (two weeks ago) link

i feel as if i have read a version of this article every few years for the last two decades.

It doesn't help that he tends to announce the title of the next album right after the last album has come out, and then it takes years before it's actually released. So you get multiple articles over several years that are like, "yeah, we're working on the next album now, it's called Mozart's Mini-Mart!"

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Thursday, 28 July 2022 19:57 (two weeks ago) link

Things I'd be genuinely interested to learn from a Lawrence interview in 2022: (i) dude wtf do you do all day? and (b) what do you make a month? like srsly, putting aside all the dismantled king shit, where does the money come from?

fetter, Friday, 29 July 2022 22:49 (two weeks ago) link

God, The Stagnant Pool fucking tears

Mule, Friday, 29 July 2022 22:58 (two weeks ago) link

x-post

Both questions feel a bit too intrusive though? Not sure I’d like to be asked to justify what I do all day or account for my finances.

Luna Schlosser, Friday, 29 July 2022 23:39 (two weeks ago) link

Lawrence is obviously very mentally ill

PaulTMA, Saturday, 30 July 2022 00:12 (two weeks ago) link

yeah that does cross my mind from time to time, he has the behaviour and mannerisms of a friend of mine who is a diagnosed schizophrenic (and also a musician), however have to remember that it isn't great to do armchair diagnoses, and it's ultimately none of our business

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 30 July 2022 09:12 (two weeks ago) link

It is certainly not obvious that he is "very mentally ill".

Let's Get Ready to Trimble (Tom D.), Saturday, 30 July 2022 09:39 (two weeks ago) link

Sorry that was worded really badly

PaulTMA, Saturday, 30 July 2022 12:14 (two weeks ago) link

The Hebden Bridge gig was fun enough. Lawrence remains a not particularly engaging stage presence but he's got a good, young, excitable new band with him and they seemed to be enjoying themselves. Not sure he needed to do "Relative Poverty" twice though.

Finally watched Lawrence of Belgravia last night and thought it was a nice portrait of the man - glad there's no toilet/Summer Smash stuff in there. I'm still not sure if he really believes the "I should have been really, really famous" stuff.

bain4z, Thursday, 11 August 2022 09:01 (five days ago) link


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