PROCESSED BY THE BOYS
A Pere Ubu for the modern age ?
Sometimes it's nice to just unhitch your brain and say
"I like that", without needing to justify it.
Pure genius, in the 2000s, to start a band that looked like a 60s cult -
based on music rather than murder.
It's been on my 'special' playlist ever since.
Always makes me smile ... and I like the way they transported
Terry Gilliam from the 1970s to drive the bus.
P.S. wow ... 20 years ... really ?
P.p.s - This teeny weeny video was literally the only decent copy I could find
CAPT. MAURICE SEDDON
One of the culture shocks with moving to London
is realising that people like this actually exist.
No, it's not some 1930s B movie, or a Monty Python sketch
- these people live and breathe and stalk the modern world.
Quite a lot of them own it.
It starts when you meet your first Rupert. He introduces himself,
without even a flicker of a blush and you congratulate yourself
for not blurting out " wot ? - like the bear ?"
CAPT. MAURICE SEDDON - THE LAUNDRETTE
You can play it in Britain, too, but you have to call it lift ...
Living on the promenade of an English seaside town in the early 80s ...
I often used to pop into one of the many amusement arcades to see what was new.
I discovered a very early version of this game (in just two colours, if I remember rightly) ...
I thought it was a lot of fun, but never came across it again - until about a week ago.
Play together with the 'Straight to Hell' single in the background for full immersion ...
Back in the 70s, the future seemed to take forever to arrive ... the moon landings
didn't do it ... neither did hollywood - not even pocket calculators and those awful red-screened
digital watches ... but somehow, for us teenagers - Gary Numan's first two singles and this game
made us suddenly feel modern.
ANNA MAY WONG