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steveeeeeeeee
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Oh fcuk, she's written a novel:

http://vu.morrissey-solo.com/sleeper/2000/music/disc/misc/mcqueen.htm

Being interviewed by Bob Mills on BBC Radio London this morning, it took her half an hour to answer the question "So how exactly did you manage to write this novel from a male perspective?".

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Oh, fukc.

As soon as I saw that she'd written this, I KNEW it would be about suburban boredom like all of her songs. It's basically the same plot as their hit.

That publisher's note is so patronising- "didn't she do well? You see the clever thing is, she's a woman... but she writes as a BLOKE!"- and has a tone of resignation that no one, but no one, is going to buy this book.

I hope.

Sleeper were the only band whose set I've fallen asleep during without the aid of alcohol.

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While I agree Sleeper were one of the more tiresome acts thrown up by Britpop, I cannot say I blame la Wener (as the MM always seemed to call her) for writing a novel based around the subject. I mean, what else is she going to do?

I heard the Bob Mills 'interview' this morning and he didn't really allow her to say anything. She has a quiet voice anyway, so some compensation should have been made for that. Amy Lamay (or however her name is spelt) didn't seem to know anything about her either.

However, when people talk of a 'good holiday read' I'm generally a little suspicious. It usually suggests something like that crass-sounding chick-novel advertised on the tube at the mo - the name of which, obviously, I've clean forgotten.

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Aye Leo, I suppose the one good thing about her writing a book is that you don't have to hear it every hour on the radio. Although I had to listen to her for half an hour on the radio this morning.

The title, the concept, the excerpt,

quote:
"An executive from our record label escorted me directly from the record signing to the stall of a sour-smelling urinal and offered me my first line of cocaine. It made no difference. I already knew that I'd made a mistake."
The associated Guardian article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4454375,00.html

When there are so many great and intelligent songwriters who have dissapeared into obscurity, why, oh why, do we have to have Lousie Wener back in the public eye?

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Have there been any good books written by (ex) pop stars?

Nick Cave's "The Ass Kissed the Angel" always gets props for being a novel which would have received critical acclaim if no one had heard of him. But erm, I've not read it.

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Yeah, I really enjoyed it. Like Nick Cave's music it's a bit melodramatic and fire-and-brimstoney, but it's pretty creepy.

I've got a feeling it might be quite tricky to find. But I could be wrong.

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I might suggest some of Charlie Higson's stuff if (a) I'd actually read any of his novels and (b) it wasn't stretching the definition of "pop star" translucently thin.
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Am I the only person here who has fond memories of Louise Wener and Sleeper, and who thinks that the likes of What Do I Do Now, Statuesque and Sale of the Century are fantastic pop singles?

Yes, I think I probably am.

Your loss.

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They were fcuking appalling, just to emphasise.

"...I thought we had it sor-ted" wins the award for lamest use of word "sorted" in a pop song, ever.

Tarantula by Bob Dylan may be good. I read a bit of it and didn't udnerstand what the hell he was on about though.

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PP (Pedantic Point):

Cave's book is called And the Ass Saw the Angel. Pedantry aside, it's an excellent book, it reads like an extended version of his most doom-laden songs, and the atmosphere it evokes is fantastic. Well worth reading.

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Louise Wener always came across as someone better suited to writing than being a musican though didn't she? She'd have made a reasonable gobby columnist for someone or other I reckon. She does over-egg the pudding a bit though by banging on about how she was 'hounded' as a 'witch' by the music press. Get some perspective, eh.

Of course as a band, Sleeper were hopelessly mediocre, though I quite liked them at the time. Preferred them to dismal Wire copyists Elastica anyhow.

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"Why, oh why, do we have to have Lousie Wener back in the public eye?"

Because she's very, very cute.

But that's the only thing I can defend her on. Sleeper were fukcing shocking.

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I like La Wener, she got up the nose of those deluded knobs at NME and it was nice to read their self-righteous outrage.
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You know, she is an incredibly nice, down to earth girl who was simply badly packaged by her record label.
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Oops- thanks for putting me straight, pkunzip.
It's definitely still in print, cause I saw it in a Books Etc shop the other day.

"Tarantuala"'s supposed to be a crazy book, totally unreadable.

NTP, I always found Wener's (speaking) voice and interview technique incredibly dull. Never understood the "gobby" or "confrontational" accusations as anything more than a desperate attempt by her and the Britpop-hungry press to make Sleeper sound less bland and insipid than they were (I don't think she ever said anything particularly outrageous). If her article's anything to go by, the book's going to be excruciatingly dull.

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