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Member Since: 10/4/2006
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Write a Book of Debt Everyone Must Pay

Artist Song
The Pernice Brothers  B.S. Johnson 
XTC  The Mayor of Simpleton 
The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers  Ammunition for a Bolt-Action Heart 
Richmond Fontaine  Montgomery Park 
The Rollstons  Exploring the Fingerboard 
The Delgados  Ballad of Accounting 
John Wesley Harding  Career's Service 
Johnny Dangerously  Junk Culture 
Rocky Votolato  Prison Is Private Property 
Ral Partha Vogelbacher  Red Hot Tugboat 
McLusky  1956 and All That 
The Suicide Machines  Numbers 
Luke Haines  I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass 
James  Laid 
Daniel Johnston  Psycho Nightmare 
Kraftwerk  Pocket Calculator 
The Auteurs  Tombstone 
Blumfeld  Von der Unm√∑glichkeit, "nein" zu sagen, ohne sich umzubringen 
Pulp  This Is Hardcore 
The Paper Chase  I Did a Terrible Thing 
The Olivia Tremor Control  Define a Transparent Dream 
Baader Meinhof  Theme from 'Burn Warehouse Burn' 
The Unicorns  Ready to Die 

Comment:

This is an odd little mix I made last week while having the song "B.S. Johnson" by the Pernice Brothers on heavy rotation and consequently re-reading the book "Christie Malry's Own Double Entry" by B.S. Johnson. Essentially, this is my attempt at a soundtrack to this book - not the most consistent collection of music ever burnt on CD, to be sure, but I think it covers all the essential ingredients of that book: the first few songs attempt to trace the background of the main character (a simple guy with a fucked up life and a crappy job as an accountant - I tried to go for a blend of individual doom and general social criticism), while the second half is filled with songs of terrorism and violence. Thrown in, for good measure, are a few songs about sex, a few accounting references, and some of those moments where the author reminds us of the artificiality of the whole story. That was the plan, anyway. The cover artwork is a blatant and not very well-executed rip-off and will look a bit like what you see below, except that I'm having all sorts of technical difficulties right now that might change all that.
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Feedback:

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Barrydali
Date: 10/16/2006
Very interesting. I like the cover just how it is too. Really like that Delgados cover and the Richmond Fontaine, Ral Partha, OTC, & James picks.
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Nomates
Date: 10/16/2006
Fascinating -- both the idea and the execution thereof. I agree with Barry, leave the cover as it is. I will avoid all the hideous "accountancy" puns that spring, unbidden, to mind -- you know the kind of thing: "audi(o)try"; "well balanced" etc. etc. -- Cripes! I'm my own worst enemy.
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fritz1
Date: 10/16/2006
all i can say is, i should go ahead and read that book, but maybe before i do that i'd like to listen to this! lookin' good!
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Jean-Yves1
Date: 10/17/2006
This looks more fantastic than it has any right to be.
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joiezabel
Date: 11/25/2006
beautiful.
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Rob Conroy
Date: 12/6/2006
Love the XTC, OTC, Kraftwerk, Daniel Johnston, Luke Haines, and Pulp picks.
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Mixxer
Date: 12/8/2006
How did I miss this one? If the darn Exhibits were working, this would be featured in "The Reading Room."
Terrorism, violence, sex, and accounting - how could ya go wrong with that combination.
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Mixxer
Date: 12/23/2006

What a fabulous narrative. You have the custom made opener from the Pernice Brothers, and the songs seem to fit perfectly with the story, or at least my understanding of the story. The Ral Partha Vogelbacher > McLusky sequence is a stunner; it goes from cool planning of terrorist acts to an explosion of violence. Well chosen songs all the way thru. It was like a book that I could not put down.