July 14th, 2007

Music for Biscuits

I commend this album to you (I have heard bits of it and ordered a copy) http://www.boomkat.com/tellafriend.cfm?id=23853 There are some samples on the website, the third one is for Southern Gas and is particularly fine - I suspect it was an internal promotion for their salesmen rather than a TV advert. As the site says 'Accompanied by properly extensive liner notes, 'Music For Biscuits' offers a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era, and does so with charm, wit and just the right amount of melancholic pathos. Buy buy!'

If you are particularly paranoid about Safeness For Work (TM) you might want to avoid the site from the record label http://www.trunkrecords.com/turntable/biscuits.shtml - the slogan is 'Music, Nostalgia and Sex' and they also sell e.g. collections recorded from flexi-disks given away with porn mags. They also do a record / CD of music from the Tomorrow People, scarily enough.

The Elfish Gene

Having browsed more of this in Borders, I tentatively withdraw my classification of the author as a twat, he seems harmless enough and he does not particularly sneer at or repudiate his teenage (s)elf. However, I do not understand why this book was published. Nor really why it was written, other than for the money. There certainly doesn't seem to be any great sociological insight into D&D players, the closest thing to this *SPOILER* is that one of his best friends from his teen years gets into contact with him in his 40s (having seen coverage of his lad-lit novel). The friend has become a Christian and the author muses that maybe his interest in fantasy had something to do with it.

Nor is it clear to me who would care, anyone who played D&D in their teens would think 'yeah, been there' (and he did, at least, get the description of the pilgrimage to Games Workshop right) 'but so what?', but why would someone who hadn't want to read it? I cannot imagine that the market for 40-something males nostalgic for their D&D playing youth (small boys, jumpers for 20-sided dice, isnt it?) is that great.

This is one of those books that raises the question 'is it easier to sell your second book having had your first published'? If it is, then there are clearly two opposing forces at work
1. Subsequent books potentially get better at the authors improve
2. But it is probably easier to get self-indulgent crap published as a subsequent book that wouldn't be tolerated as a first.

This strikes me as a 'book that probably would have been laughed out of court if found on the slush-pile'. PopCo is another. I shall have to stop mentioning it, along with T***hwood. Perhaps Russell T Davies and Scarlett Thomas should be forced to collaborate, I don't think they would enjoy it, but on some level they both deserve it.

I know, Scarlett Thomas and Russell T Davies should be forced to collaborate on the next series of Two Pints of Lager and a Pa...

[FX: The weasel is bagged one more, and not before time. Mmmph mmph mmph]