Friday, 9 April 2010

Gang of Four & Mekons assault Hegemony



Me ( slumped in chair in flyer jacket, right) of Gang of Four , Andy Corrigan ( seated, left) , Mark White ( seated , centre) & Tom Greenhalgh ( not in picture) of the Mekons wanted to premiere our radical super-8 movie " red Route", a continuous shot at speed, shot prone on a wobbly tea trolley,down Leeds' & Europe's longest corridor . Corrigan had taken charge of this project to produce something we could use at our gigs, in an homage to Velvet Underground's Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Mark was the star of the event. He was - and is - a genius at describing a particularly British view of the world , tempered by disappointment and sexual frustrations, feeding a world view that finds misfortune in every beery, leery, glass.

This was just before the first Mekons session on John Peel, where the brilliant "Never Been in A riot" was first showcased. In this song, Mark, a punkified John Betjeman, miserably describes a depressing non-evening out in the greasy spoon we always went to post clubbing, "Sweat's" in Leeds . "Eggburger going cold, twice!" the filthy cook would shout, while Mark ..." in this late night caff/ [was] Eyeing up the till/When in came the British Police/For their egg and bacon grill/ Egg & bacon Griii-ill! " . Along with "Trevira Trousers", "Corporal Chalkie" & "The Building", Mark's words are much to be envied. No surprise that years later & Mark long gone, the Mekons V2's songs embraced C&W, another lonely music of the poor, ruined by cheap drink and unattainable dreams.

Anyway, the night of this photo, Mark made a long, brilliant, improvised speech centred on how drinkers "move from sweet to dry wines", linking this to compromise, failed ambition and personal failure.

Tom had passed out, which is why youi can't see him.
Not many people came.
It was a triumph.

36 comments:

  1. 你要保守你的心,勝過保守一切,因為一生的果效是由心發出..............................

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  2. So where is this radical Super 8 move "red Route" now? Can you, or Mark, post it on the internet?

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  3. Or can you have Mekons/Gang of Four fans PLEDGE FOR IT?

    XD

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  4. 一定要保持最佳狀況呦,加油!!!期待你發表的新文章!.............................................

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  5. 動不一定每一次都成功,但坐而不行,絕無任何成功可言 ....................................................

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  6. 河水永遠是相同的,可是每一剎那又都是新的。........................

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  7. 唯有用熱情、用智慧去觀察事物,這事物才會把他的秘密,洩漏給我們......................................................................

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  8. 噴泉的高度,不會超過它的源頭。一個人的事業也是如此,它的成就絕不會超過自己的信念。.................................................................                           

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  9. 教育的目的,不在應該思考什麼,而是教吾人怎樣思考............................................................

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  10. 喜歡看大家的文章,每篇都是一個故事,都是一種心情~~祝大家開心愉快..................................................................

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  11. 愛,拆開來是心和受兩個字。用心去接受對方的一切,用心去愛對方的所有。......................................................................

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  12. 真正仁慈的人,會忘記他們做過的善行,他們全心投入現在的工作,過去的事已被遺忘。.................................................

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  13. 當一個人內心能容納兩樣相互衝突的東西,這個人便開始變得有價值了。............................................................

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  14. 大肚能容,了卻人間多少事,滿腔歡喜,笑開天下古今愁。..................................................

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  15. 每次看完你的文章,總是回味許久,要經常發表喔。..................................................

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  16. Susan asks if "Red Route" exists. Sadly, no. All that persists is a memory like the taste of stale coffee

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