Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Joyeux Noël

****Happy Christmas / Joyeux Noël****

We're a bit too busy dealing with Christmas to give you a post about Christmas. But we will be providing some support over the festive period for those who choose to remain in Brighton...

We know we’ll all be bored of our new toys, and sick of arguing with relatives come the end of Boxing Day, so here’s a chance to escape for a few hours:


The West Hill (formerly The Belle Vue),
Buckingham Place, Brighton
(it's just up the hill next to Brighton Station!)
9pm – 3am

Dom and Verity will be playing French bubblegum pop, synthesized sounds and electronic nuggets to ease you on your way from Christmas to New Year’s Eve.

We will be joined in record playing duties by Estelle (who is properly French and will show us up).

Come along it will be pleasant and booze-y.

Here's a yuletide youtube to get you in the mood
MERRY PROG-ING CHRISTMAS (don't fear the Prog, kids)

Greg Lake - I Believe in Father Christmas

Sunday, 7 December 2008


Polly is a girl, and Polly has a horse. The horse suffers from depression and is troubled by the voices in its head. The horse is called Blue Monday.

Blue Monday lopes around a windswept paddock to an internal soundtrack of early 80’s Factory Records, as played in 2008 by a bunch Parisian kids on glacial synths, lowwwwww-slung bass and strict, metronomic drums.

It’s Koko Von Napoo.

Now, let’s check those credentials:
  • Four young Parisians (3 girls, 1 boy) – CHECK
  • A love of Factory Records and the sound of crumbling, early 80’s Manchester – CHECK
  • A name that apparently references a Pre-War Manchester gang: The Napoo (as mentioned in Andrew Davies’ Gangs of Manchester) – CHECK
  • A name that makes them sound German – CHECK

Koko Von Napoo - Polly
[buy Koko Von Napoo from Rough Trade / iTunes]

Now, I had this idea that chevalier was French for cavalier – being that cheval is French for horse, it seemed logical. But I foolishly looked it up. It’s actually French for knight.

But let’s go with my idea anyway… we’ll just imagine it’s a knight on a horse, like this one. Okay?

So, I’m sat there listening to Le Chevalier by Jiji, thinking: that must surely be an intentional pun or in-joke, getting a sweet pop songstress called Jiji (a phonetic mimicry of gee-gee –English slang term for race-horse) to sing a song about a knight (on a horse)… Does this pun work in French? Was someone back there in les années 60’s having a little chuckle as they set the hooves in motion for this record? Am I clutching at straws?

Jiji – Le Chevalier
[this song was re-released on the now deleted compilation Ultra Chicks Vol. 6: Vous Dansez Mademoiselle.  Weirdo Records (USA) have copies apparently...]

Next one out of the horse-box: a slab of avant-hard synth-abuse courtesy of Miss Ann Shenton.

In which our heroine mounts her statuesque, battery-powered steed and summons a choir of heavenly Mellotron-ic beings to lead into battle with an army of evil theremin wielding robots…

Add N To (X) – Ann’s Eveready Equestrian
[buy Add N to (X) from Mute / iTunes]

And we couldn’t do a post about horses without including perhaps the best electronic song ever written about a horse (in our humble opinion). 
Sample lyric:
“Oh glittering horse, you were sold
in a shady shop, on the Edgeware Road”

We give you Simon Bookish.
Everybody scream METAL HORSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Simon Bookish – Metal Horse
[buy Simon Bookish direct from the horses mouthiTunes]