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Post by alexie » Mon Jun 09, 2008 02:04

I've heard a few Momus tracks on mixes of late, and I'm intrigued. His poetic lyrics and grand arrangements make me think of him of a Scottish Lawrence.

I'm not sure where to start, though - "Circus Maximus", perhaps? I'd appreciate some guidance if you have any to offer.
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Re: Momus

Post by sinus supremus » Mon Jun 09, 2008 03:32

I've never listened to a full album, but I luh this song:

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Re: Momus

Post by mick » Tue Jun 10, 2008 23:32

well, personally I'd start with Tender Pervert, but it really depends on what you've heard that caught your attention. TP is I guess fairly stripped down. I also really like Don't Stop The Night, The Poison Boyfriend and Circus Maximus. I don't think I've heard anything since Folktronic, which I didn't care for. Nor did I care much for Stars Forever. Most of what's in between is ok in some way. Not Voyager though - I've never been able to get into that. But yes, the earlier the better for me as far as Momus is concerned.

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Re: Momus

Post by janglyjan » Tue Jun 10, 2008 23:48

Momus is grand. He hasn't really made a great album in quite a while now but The Poison Boyfriend is my favorite followed by Hippopatomomus then The Ultracomformist.

Speaking of Momus, may I share with you my Momus doll which I purchased over the weekend...
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Post by alexie » Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:56

This is great - thanks so much! I want one of those Momus dolls - where on earth can I find one?

I love 'Hairstyle of the Devil' - I sat an exam the other day and couldn't get it out of my head. Might try to hunt down the 7" on ebay for starters, and I'll go from there. I'm so intrigued.
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Re: Momus

Post by janglyjan » Tue Jul 15, 2008 21:55

alexie wrote:This is great - thanks so much! I want one of those Momus dolls - where on earth can I find one?
I found my Momus doll in the kids toy bargain basket at the Reina Sofia in Madrid. It was fate. I have no idea how you get one otherwise.

Momus is playing in Newcastle and Glasgow next week. I'm going to go see him in Newcastle. Anyone else going?

It's going to be 'An Evening with Momus" and he promises to play "a never played song" from each of his twenty albums.

Anyone go to his London as Tokyo thing a few weeks ago?

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Re: Momus

Post by KingPanda » Mon Sep 08, 2008 13:26

Circus Maximus is a truly great album. His Creation-era electropop has its moments too. I keep meaning to buy one of the recent records, but never quite get around to it.

his blog is one of the most consistently interesting things on the Internet.
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Post by Jangloid Mark » Wed Sep 10, 2008 22:38

For me, it's gotta be 'Tender Pervert' and 'Poison Boyfriend'. I also love 'Circus Maximus'.
Some of his more electronic musings didn't quite hit the spot for me, although, I haven't bought a Momus album in years...so, have no idea what his later albums are like...
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Re: Momus

Post by frogblast » Wed Jan 21, 2009 15:42

http://www.ubu.com/sound/momus.html

he's put six of his older albums up on ubuweb to download for free.
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Re: Momus

Post by goes_so_slow » Fri Jan 23, 2009 07:00

sinus supremus wrote:I've never listened to a full album, but I luh this song:
Yeah, I love that one too.
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Re: Momus

Post by indiansummer » Fri Jan 23, 2009 08:47

Has anyone heard the band he did with Anthony Reynolds from Jack? Er, Jacques, i think it was called.

I remember when he tried to start a bespoke songwriting service. I wonder how that worked out?
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Re: Momus

Post by mick » Fri Jan 23, 2009 09:56

indiansummer wrote:I remember when he tried to start a bespoke songwriting service. I wonder how that worked out?
That resulted in the Stars Forever album. From what I remember, Wendy Carlos sued his record label (Le Grand Magistery) for including a song about her in the previous album (The Little Red Songbook), resulting in them having to withdraw the album and remove the song at a loss of $30,000. So in order to recoup the losses, he wrote thirty song 'portraits' for $1000 each.

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Re: Momus

Post by timahall » Fri Jan 23, 2009 17:40

I'd really like to get more into Momus. I really love some of Don't Stop The Night but find all his other Creation albums (ie - the ones he gave away) hard to access.

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Re: Momus

Post by DefenderOfPants » Fri Jan 23, 2009 18:20

i can't see the momus doll. is it naked and with an eye patch?

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Re: Momus

Post by frogblast » Fri Jan 23, 2009 20:10

i quite like the lyrics to this one:
I love women but I'm thinking of giving in
I love women but what's the point of arguing
With the men from boarding schools and building sites
Who've told me I'm a homosexual all my life

One stop past Embankment and the coughs begin
Hell hath no fury like an insecure Englishman
You don't need psychoanalysts to translate this
'There is an open homosexual in our midst'

'The Homosexual' they call me
It's all the same to me
That spectre they projected I will now pretend to be
Since their neurosis is what passes for normality
It's okay with me if I'm queer
Since their tone-deafness is called the love of music
I won't disabuse them
I'll make love with their women
I'll make them sing notes of pleasure
Their husbands will never hear

I love women but I take them by surprise
Pretending absolute indifference to their breasts and thighs
Like their hairdressers and dressmakers I hear confessionals
Reserved for homosexual professionals

As I put their feet in stirrups with my limp wrist
(A trick I learned from a homosexual gynaecologist)
I recall the words my first girlfriend ended our first date with
"I feel privileged you chose me to go straight with"

'The Homosexual' they call me
It's all the same to me
That spectre they projected I will now pretend to be
Since their neurosis is what passes for normality
It's okay with me if I'm queer
Since their tone-deafness is called the love of music
I won't disabuse them
I'll make love with their women
I'll make them sing notes of pleasure
Their husbands will never hear

You who called me shirt-lifter in Chemistry class
You who sniggered "look out for your arse"
Now your women wash your shirts, now your kids are born, baby, look out for your horns

You who called me teapot, who plagued me with your bile
Guess who I've got coming to the boil
Why not grab the nettle I'll settle for being the kettle if you're the pot
I take my tea like my revenge: sweet and hot

'The Homosexual' they call me
It's all the same to me
That spectre they projected I will now pretend to be
Since their neurosis is what passes for normality
It's okay with me if I'm queer
Since their tone-deafness is called the love of music
I won't disabuse them
I'll make love with their women
I'll make them sing notes of pleasure
Their husbands will never hear

'The Homosexual' you call me
It's all the same to me
That spectre you projected I will now pretend to be
Since your neurosis is what passes for normality
It's okay with me if I'm queer
Since your tone-deafness is called the love of music
I won't disabuse you
I'll make love with your women
I'll make them sing notes of pleasure
That you will never hear
Never in a million years
No fucking fear
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Re: Momus

Post by Minky » Fri Jan 23, 2009 21:45

i loved when momus was doing his indie pet shop boys thing. gosh... how great was creation records in the late 1980s? sigh.

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Re: Momus

Post by KingPanda » Sat Jan 24, 2009 22:51

I have just remembered the genius that is Momus's cover of Jacques Brel's "Jacky" (known to anglophonia in the version sung by Scott Walker). He changes the lyrics and retitles it "Nicky".
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Re: Momus

Post by bartblueboy » Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:11

Have lately been listening a lot to his "voyager" album, an album which I somehow didn't rate that much at the time of release, but now sounds absolutely glorious to me. Especially "summer holliday 1999" which is awesome.
Yes, it's true Momus was great at being an indiepop one man Pet Shop Boys.

I also think his cover of Jacques Brel's "to see a friend in tears" is heartbreakingly beautiful.

He still does some great songs from time to time (especially on the "ocky milk" album), but the albums are a little bit hit 'n miss in my opinion.

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Re: Momus

Post by frogblast » Mon Mar 23, 2009 01:07

i've been listening to 'ocky milk' loads over the last couple of days. some of the songs are very very good.

i'm in love with this one:


doki doki
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Re: Momus

Post by frogblast » Thu Feb 11, 2010 02:15

last ever click opera http://imomus.livejournal.com/

i will miss it…
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