Both punk veterans UK Subs and novelist Toby Litt have the habit of naming their works alphabetically; just like the Subs' LP catalogue goes Another Kind Of Blues, Brand New Age, Crash Course
etc., so Toby Litt's CV reads Adventures In Capitalism, Beatniks, Corpsing
, and so on. I wonder if he nicked the idea from them? Charlie Harper and co. were pretty famous for a while, even getting on Top Of The Pops (RIP) one or two times, back in '79. Even "CID", their first EP from 1978 (on City records, before they signed to Gem/RCA) isn't exactly rare, but it's here anyway because I think it's great. Brilliant production (Spaceward once again), incredible guitar sound (pre-empting grunge by 10 years), nice punk/r&b songs.
I liked Toby Litt's Corpsing
, so I set about finding a copy of Beatniks
. I'd read the two main characters in the book try using a 30-year-old road map while they're "on the road" (and of course fail miserably). Now this just happens to be something I thought up years ago... I was toying with the idea of starting a 60's/garage band, and thought that if I'd ever get one together we'd have to travel to gigs using a 60's map, avoiding the new highways, riding the funky old roads. It's this same romantic notion that drives neo-Beatniks Jack and Neal , living and acting as if it's 1966 forever, writing bad poetry, wearing sunglasses 24 hours a day and shunning anything invented after the 60's. The book happens to be a nice read (I won't go into the story here, check out Amazon.com); I was just disappointed Jack and Neal are made out to be little more than clowns in their quest for Beatnik purity... Toby Litt doesn't touch on the heroic side of it, the "we think the world sucks so we're inventing our own
"-side that for instance gave birth to punk as well. (Wait, maybe I can get this post to go full-circle just like real writers do... Oh, never mind.)UK Subs - CIDUK Subs - Live In A CarUK Subs - B1C