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The Quietus | Features | Remember Them... | Remembering Mark Fisher By David Stubbs
"Perhaps it was his determination to overcome his own personal despondency, as well as the sinking despondency of society at large, which lent him energy and ambition to construct this edifice, one which would stand tall and face down the oppressors, political and psychological, external and internal, he found himself ranged against."
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january 2017 by cluebucket
Interviews: Robert Wyatt | Features | Pitchfork
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'Culture is pudding. It’s lovely and I’ll always eat one,' he says in the biography, talking about his take on the worlds of art and politics. 'But on its own, it’s not a full life’s diet for the brain. And the politics, to me, is indeed the protein.'
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'There's the folky thing of: "Poor me, I'm a sensitive person in a cruel world." Or the pop thing of: "Hey, look at me, I'm sexy." I did that myself for a while... [b]ut then I thought, “I'd never sing ‘hey baby’ to my girlfriend, because she'd just laugh at me and think I was a complete idiot. I've got to start again and try to be honest with this.”'
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'It may be an English thing, in a way, laughing it off at a distance and using that as self-protection. I mean, I don't want to be a professional cripple. And I don't see the suicide stuff as tragic. Basically, at that age, I looked at what adults were doing and how they wanted to earn money, and I really didn't want to do that. I wanted to go away. I have my moods like that a lot. I'm not a fighter in that sense at all.

'I don't think losing things—in my case, the use of my legs—really damages or hurts you. What hurts people a lot is taking humiliation. A lot of the wars going on right now in the Middle East aren't about poverty and exploitation. They’re about humiliation. For a long time, certainly the British and French have been humiliating and dismissing the people of the Middle East, and encouraging people like Israel to do the same. Israel started out as a socialist state, but we always encouraged them to become rather racist and look down on the local inhabitants, which they now do. It's sad that's happened.'
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'I just don't think I write the kind of music that I can see crowds of people singing in football stadiums. Some of us are simply witnesses, and I hope there's a value in that.'
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'America reinvented how to be a group, a people, that hasn't got a race, but nevertheless has a national identity. Potentially, America is really the greatest, but it's not yet, I don't think. It's still too much like an old-fashioned empire, waving the stick and dropping too many bombs on too many people.'
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november 2014 by cluebucket
Interviews: Jarvis Cocker | Features | Pitchfork
"When I went to art college, I would read books about famous artists of years gone by and think, 'Oh, well, if I went and lived in Marrakech and ate only oatmeal and bananas for a year, I'd become really artistic,' as if there's some kind of recipe. But instead of looking off into the distance, try and concentrate on your immediate surroundings and you will find that you already have a unique take on the world. It's just that you might not recognize it. The key to locating it is by being specific and writing about the details of situations, because a detail proves that you were actually there and lends authenticity to what you're writing. And the weird thing is that, by being more specific, it opens things up and makes it universal."
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november 2014 by cluebucket
Richard Ayoade: ‘Shyness can be interpreted as a kind of aggression’ | Culture | The Guardian
What he’s trying to avoid, he admits, is “the Faustian pact with the media to cannibalise my personality”. He’s not difficult in the same way as a surly bloke in a rock band who’s rude for the sake of it. Mostly, he says, he just finds the interview process hilarious, “because the elephant in the room of any interview is ‘consume this product’. That’s a very funny subtext to anything. You might as well just go, ‘by the way, it’s out Monday’.”
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october 2014 by cluebucket
BYT Interviews The Clientele (2014) - BrightestYoungThings - DC
what a night <3

AM: "We looked at these bands like Blur and Oasis, and we thought, 'We could be the next one of them, but we could do it better. We would correct all of the crassness and stupidity of their music, and we could just being an elegance to it – a kind of elegant surrealism to that kind of sound.'

That was always the plan, you see. There was a chance – a very, very small window that closed very fast – for us to get rich. Because we spent so long working out how exactly to put our first record out – which, obviously, in our eyes had to be this sort of classic record and couldn’t be hurried – we missed that window, and by the time we put our first record out, that kind of 60s-influenced music was completely out of fashion, and it was very hard to sell it either to a label or to fans or to the radio or anybody."
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july 2014 by cluebucket

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