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Luke Haines

Post by sweepingthenation » Thu Jul 31, 2008 16:36

There's no way this isn't going to be the best book ever, right?

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BAD VIBES: Britpop and My Part In Its Downfall is the blackly comic memoir of Luke Haines, founder member and acclaimed singer songwriter of the Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder and a legendary figure in the music world where he is variously heralded as the pioneer, the godfather or the forgotten man of Britpop.

In BAD VIBES he remembers the early years of non-recognition: living on the dole and taking his kit on a tractor-tailor to the empty concert halls to the sold-out tours, rivalries with contemporaries such as Suede and Blur, losing the 1993 Mercury Prize award by one vote (and the resultant spell in A&E in the dark hours of the following morning) the fights, the sackings, the press and of course the drugs. Haines has lived it all. Some of the most famous names in the music industry of the 80s and 90s– Alan McGee, Bobby Gillespie, The Go-Betweens, Suede, Sting, St Etienne, New Order, Elastica, Blur, Boo Radleys, The Verve, Oasis, Jarvis Cocker and Pulp, Kurt Cobain, Paul McCartney, Iggy Pop, Steve Albini and Metallica – appear anecdotally. In the book and Haines is never anything less than acute, observant and witty about his contemporaries.

BAD VIBES takes an even darker turn when Haines throws himself from a wall in Spain, an incident, which leaves him in a wheelchair for six months. Although it inspires him to do some of his finest work, the commercial failure of After Murder Park and Baader Meinhoff prompt his to embark on a surreal period of self-administered medical procedures. The final chapter of the book takes place when Haines, now fully restored, returns from self-imposed exile with a new band Black Box Recorder. They begin recording their new album England Made Me on the same day that New Labour comes into power. The book ends in August of that year with two deaths: those of Diana, Princess of Wales and Britpop.
Not out until January, unfortunately. There was a rumour he was reforming Black Box Recorder, but John Moore's not dropped any hints in his various columns and Sarah Nixey's got a new solo album soon so presumably that's not going to happen. The musical he was scoring seems to have disappeared too.

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Re: Luke Haines

Post by alex_cornetto » Fri Aug 01, 2008 00:58

OHMYGODTHATLOOKSLIKETHEBESTTHINGEVER

I'd heard about it anyway, but that cover has just absolutely cemented it. This could potentially be the best book ever.

Incidentally, this is a nice coincidence, as I was listening to "Off My Rocker..." on my way into work this afternoon. Absolutely fantastic album, that; effectively, Haines doing Denim.

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Re: Luke Haines

Post by Madgerbeinhof » Mon Sep 15, 2008 13:07

I am a huge fan of the Auteurs, love the Baader-Meinhof album, and quite like his solo work and BBR. But he has become such a ludicrous parody of himself, and is in many ways worse than the people he (endlessly) slates. With no little sadness I feel that I have grown out of liking him. Nowhere near as witty as he or his drooling acolytes would like to think, where once I would have gone out of my way to attend his gigs, now wild horses with fire arms couldn't force me there (mainly because the fans are so punchable).

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Re: Luke Haines

Post by KingPanda » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:40

Madgerbeinhof wrote:Nowhere near as witty as he or his drooling acolytes would like to think, where once I would have gone out of my way to attend his gigs, now wild horses with fire arms couldn't force me there (mainly because the fans are so punchable).
One of the great things about the time I saw him in Dublin (2007, maybe?) was that it turned out that he has no fans. So it was almost like Rener and I had him all to ourself. Er, but not like that.

Nerrr, I found both the concert and the CD I bought it reestablished a sense of Luke Haines as a going concern. He is a great live performer, either doing recent songs or old ones, and the Off My Rocker At The Art School Bop record has some stone cold classics on it as great as anything he has ever done.
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Re: Luke Haines

Post by KingPanda » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:42

The book is really good. He does now seem a bit bemused at his earlier cuntishness.
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Re: Luke Haines

Post by alongwalkhome » Sun Jan 04, 2009 05:27

I always think he's the kid who was in "Witness."

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Re: Luke Haines

Post by KingPanda » Sun Jan 04, 2009 19:21

alex_cornetto wrote:Incidentally, this is a nice coincidence, as I was listening to "Off My Rocker..." on my way into work this afternoon. Absolutely fantastic album, that; effectively, Haines doing Denim.
The first Denim album is one of the few things Haines praises repeatedly in the book. Oddly, he does not seem to have much time for Felt, despite the Baader Meinhof song's obvious debt to 'Space Blues'.
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Re: Luke Haines

Post by Trev » Sun Jan 04, 2009 19:45

I saw BBR at the Nick Sanderson tribute night (with Mary Chain) back in November. They were dreadful. I mean, truly truly awful.
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Re: Luke Haines

Post by KingPanda » Mon Jan 05, 2009 13:18

Really? Had you seen them before? I saw them twice at Glastonbury, and they were great. The troll who runs the New Bands Tent seemed like a bit of a fan.
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Post by Trev » Mon Jan 05, 2009 13:40

KingPanda wrote:Really? Had you seen them before? I saw them twice at Glastonbury, and they were great. The troll who runs the New Bands Tent seemed like a bit of a fan.
Not seen them before this - but was a fan of their music from way back. They were lifeless and dull.
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Re: Luke Haines

Post by Swiss Concrete » Mon Jan 05, 2009 13:48

Trev Lostmusic wrote:
KingPanda wrote:Really? Had you seen them before? I saw them twice at Glastonbury, and they were great. The troll who runs the New Bands Tent seemed like a bit of a fan.
Not seen them before this - but was a fan of their music from way back. They were lifeless and dull.
I'm a big fan of most of his stuff, and saw BBR at Reading one year and they were lifeless and dull then too. Seen Luke solo and it was great. I guess BBR are just one of those bands who are very inconsistent live...they were dressed as pilots that day though which made up for it a bit!

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Re: Luke Haines

Post by KingPanda » Mon Jan 05, 2009 14:04

The second time I saw them, Sarah Nixey was in a skin tight spandex catsuit. I'm not sure if they actually played any music.
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Re: Luke Haines

Post by andyroo » Fri Jan 09, 2009 14:52

KingPanda wrote:The second time I saw them, Sarah Nixey was in a skin tight spandex catsuit. I'm not sure if they actually played any music.
*laughs*

I really, really love the Art School Bop record, more than any other Haines record apart from "Lenny Valentino" maybe. That song "Leeds United" and the coda of "the North, the North, where we do what we want to" is the greatest pop moment in years. If it's not used in the film of The Damned United I'll be asking for my money back at the box office.

Looking forward to the book too.
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Re: Luke Haines

Post by bocken » Fri Jan 09, 2009 15:17

andyroo wrote: That song "Leeds United" and the coda of "the North, the North, where we do what we want to" is the greatest pop moment in years. If it's not used in the film of The Damned United I'll be asking for my money back at the box office.
Or maybe it'll be the theme song for this http://redriding.channel4.com/

Apparently David Peace has written a foreword for Bad Vibes. I'll know when it turns up (along with the Red Riding Quartet).

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Re: Luke Haines

Post by sweepingthenation » Fri Jan 09, 2009 16:08

bocken wrote:Apparently David Peace has written a foreword for Bad Vibes. I'll know when it turns up (along with the Red Riding Quartet).
Only a cover quote, but apparently they are big fans of each other.

As I'm reviewing this for a proper online outlet I received my copy direct from the publishers yesterday, with a note at the bottom of the press release that says Haines is "available for interview and to write features". So tempting...

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Re: Luke Haines

Post by bocken » Fri Jan 09, 2009 16:17

Lunduners!

http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/p ... aines-2949

Might go along. Might not. Who knows!

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Re: Luke Haines

Post by bocken » Thu Jan 22, 2009 14:33

bocken wrote:
andyroo wrote: That song "Leeds United" and the coda of "the North, the North, where we do what we want to" is the greatest pop moment in years. If it's not used in the film of The Damned United I'll be asking for my money back at the box office.
Or maybe it'll be the theme song for this http://redriding.channel4.com/
I hadn't actually read 1974 when I posted that, so I didn't know that "the North, the North, where we do what we want" is a direct quote from the book. Now I have, I can't wait for the films to show, although I need to read the other books first.

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Re: Luke Haines

Post by KingPanda » Fri Jan 23, 2009 17:23

andyroo wrote:That song "Leeds United" and the coda of "the North, the North, where we do what we want to" is the greatest pop moment in years. If it's not used in the film of The Damned United I'll be asking for my money back at the box office.
that bit is brilliant. I think it was on the strength of that that I formed the impression that old Haines was from the North of England. Which he isn't.
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Re: Luke Haines

Post by sweepingthenation » Fri Jan 23, 2009 17:29

Indeed, if you read the book (which I've done a nearly 1700 word review of for a site) you'll find he's resolutely not.

New solo album this year, by the way, and possibly BBR LP number four to come.

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