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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2009
    This is my hope for when I go comic shopping at the weekend.
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    yeah wait i thought it all got pulped? i dont know because my shops ENTIRE FUCKING ORDER didnt come due to a dumb mistake on their part. i love those guys, but sometimes....
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    The Bristol branch of Foreboding Prices (bless 'em) are selling the typo versions, so not all have been returned for pulping.

    Excellent issue. Clearly I'm going to have to reread them all.
    (By One Of Them Coincidences I was listening to Long Blondes earlier in the week so it's got that synchronicity thing going for it.)
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    Forbidden Planet in London has tons of copies. As usual.

    This one was my favourite issue so far. Just incredible. I'm really curious about Lloyd now. I think he might be about as fucked up as I am...
    • CommentAuthorVermilious
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2009
    When I walked into my LCS this week, the conversation went as foloows:
    LCS guy:Here you go. Now, this may be a misprint
    me: it is
    LCS: And I'll get you the real one next week. you don't need to buy it
    me: but I will. and the one next week too. Thank you

    Made my week. Made it so much. Thank you guys. And loved the backup. Great job.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2009
    Gratuitous double page spreads for the win!

    Loved that moment, made me laugh out loud on the train back from London that did, got some very strange looks.
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    Glad everyone seems to be digging it. Sorry about delay. And, yes, this is now totally a good time to re-read the lot.

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    Hello beautifuls.

    Phonogram 2.5 out today. It looks like this...

    Already getting reports of sell-outs. Already getting reports of the fact the reprint hasn't turned up yet. Same as it ever was, in Phonoland, when it's always 5 minutes before closing time and the barstaff are serving the people you fancy in front of you.

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    I was right(ish). Laura is evil(ish). And I guess the Emily Aster 'pull-quote' on the cover sort of gives it away but I'm guessing Laura is basically who Emily was about a week before she became Emily (metaphorically speaking).
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    For having done "The Phonogram Ska Attack Squad" — and especially that double-paged spread — I am now forced to love you forever.

    You brought it on yourself, dude.
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    "Lust etc." was one of my favorite throwaway lines on Someone to Drive You Home. As shady romantic pitches go, it's less "I'm gonna sell my ass to you" and more "I dunno, you sold yet?", and that always cracked me up.

    Also, ska.

    Totally looking forward to getting this.
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2009
    Loved the issue: loved the development of Laura, and especially loved the essay/commentary/backmatter bit. It was just an amazing discussion of what makes writing effective; for me, it's right up there with an essay Pynchon wrote to introduce his short story collection, "Slow Learner."

    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2009 edited
    the main story is still chugging along, still loving it.

    the back up is where its at though, as this is the closest thing to a reprersentation of MY phonomancy. the bit right before the spread, the "cant touch us as long as the songs playing"-thats it right there. now, my crew leaned more toward THE BLUE MEANIES, VOODOO GLOWSKULLS or SKAVOOVIE and the EPITONES but it didnt stop us from respecting the old school and throwing down when we saw the TOASTERS or THE SPECIALS play. i finally feel like the "world" aspect to this book is becoming inclusive of my life.

    just please, please promise me you wont do a "punk" short and have kids dancing to CLASH records. it would break my heart to see this decade ignored for a 30 year old album! (or punks dancing to records, and not a live band!)[also, im not seriously telling you how to write your book...]

    PHONO 2.5 list:
    drinking: murphys irish stout
    listening: SAWN OFF/ HEALTH HAZARD split 7"
    petting: cats
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    @joe.distort: Yeah, that was what I was like, too. "Finally, my kind of magic."

    (I once had a kid starting a band in my hometown say, "There's no greater compliment a ska band can get than having Brandon dance to them.")
    • CommentAuthorAled Davies
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2009 edited
    Excellent issue as ever although a black mark for messing up the attribution of "shyness that is criminally vulgar" ("How Soon is Now ?'" not "I know its over"). I'm sure the horde of rabid Smiths fans will descend on your doorstep shortly ;).

    When can we expect #6 and #7 ?
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    [Bashes head on keyboard. Sorry!]

    6 is at the printers now.

    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 20th 2009
    Is it bad that I know the t.A.T.u. cover of 'How Soon Is Now?' better than the original? I suspect it is.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2009
    The Smiths, like Joy Division, are a band whose songs are always much better when covered by other people.

    The songwriting is great, but their performances are pants. Although, the rule also applies to Joy Division remixes, which are also always better than the original untouched tracks.

    Snake River Conspiracy's cover of 'How Soon Is Now?' is the best one. Paradise Lost's is the worst. The jailbait ruskie lesbos get an honourable mention, though, definitely.
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2009

    Have you heard that compilation where a bunch of bands cover the whole of The Queen Is Dead? Rather mixed bag.

    Back to Phonogram: Fucking hell. I come back from holiday and find that my comic shop didn't reserve my copy of the latest issue for me. When I'm one of the few people who pre-ordered it from them. If music literally was magic, which band would I have to listen to to extract some mystical revenge on them?
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2009
    I haven't heard it, because I don't really go seeking out Smiths stuff, due to a hatred of them caused by a traumatic experience with a rabid Smiths fan. However, I've occasionally heard songs I've really liked, which have turned out to be Smiths covers, so I'm willing to give them some credit for being great songwriters, despite the unpleastant and painful twitch that hearing Morrisey's voice directly causes.

    Commissioned covers albums are generally a bit pants though. The one exception being the one of Iron Maiden songs covered by (mostly) eastern european electro-pop bands. Which is magnificent.

    I haven't had a copy yet either. Just getting the usual refrain of 'Diamond messed up the order', which I hear almost every time I pre-order an indie comic.