As coronavirus sweeps the world and people run out panic buying toilet paper for an illness that will make them cough and not shit, I have largely been watching on with some bemusement. The widescale paranoia and the complete selfishness makes me wonder if we do not actually deserve it. I am old enough to remember a different world. My Grandparents, only two generations removed from me, survived a war by coming together and helping their neighbors, and here we are 75 years on, in an age when grown adults have fistfights over toilet rolls. Something somewhere has gone badly wrong in the evolution of humanity, and what made us great and unique has fallen away and left behind a more primitive way of thinking. The truth is that if people genuinely did care about each other they would be looking out for the vulnerable members of our society rather than themselves.
After eight years, Existence Is Futile has finally gone out of print circulation. It is a decision I have not taken lightly. It will continue to be available as an ebook. In the meantime, I am considering a second edition in the future, for the simple reason that I love the story and it would give me an opportunity to honor it in the way Professor Henry Tomlinson deserves.
I hope to be publishing a concept book later in the year. I know that normally someone should write at least five books before they disappear far enough up their own arseholes before trying to share some self-indulgent nonsense, however, I have decided to jump ahead and do something that pleases me for the simple reason that life is short and we will all be dead soon.
My former band YU recently released a new music video entitled ‘Bang Bang’. By all means, take a look here,
Speaking of YU, the singer Kuba was recently on a television show in Poland. As always, he was delightfully eccentric and made quite an unexpected choice of song…
Just the other day I was idling between the news on television with its constant sense of impending death whilst scrolling through Twitter and reading about the forthcoming apocalypse when it occurred to me that I had likely written the perfect anthem for the coronavirus epidemic some years ago. It is poignant, accurate, and holds a poetic truth. Enjoy.
Until next time.
Ladies and Gentlemen and those of you that are somewhere in between, I have some news to share with you…
The sadness of footsteps that beat out a tune,
The knowledge that death comes to all that’s in bloom,
The relief of raindrops that bring hope for change,
The kinship of laughter that says we’re all strange.
We’re are all fucked every one of us,
We’re all gonna die,
We are all dead, dead as dodos,
And we don’t know why,
We are all fucked; lifeless corpses,
We are alive; alive and useless,
And we don’t know why.
The feeling that burns you when you lay down to sleep,
The tissue that holds you when you sit down and weep,
Your office and laptop that gives you your wage,
Your daydreams are violent they withhold your rage.
Text from ‘We Are All Fucked’ by Yu
published by Agora 2016
In case you live under a rock, and are not a lizard person(I have nothing against lizard people; I think they govern the world in a fair and just manner)tomorrow will see the release of the finest Spandau Synthpop album in the history of Spandau Synthpop, ‘We Are Sorry’ by the band I am so deeply honoured to be a member of, #Yu. Which is us. The band.
To entice you further and to ensure you buy the album I have a few things to share. First I will offer you the following preview of the album
‘We Are Sorry’ – Album Preview
‘We Are Sorry’ contains 10 songs and 4 bonus tracks. The songs contain words and music. Some of the words are Polish words. And some of the words are English words. There is almost no silence whatsoever. The album may or may not contain a significant amount of Synthpop of the Spandau variety. You are welcome. But ‘We Are Sorry’.
To further convince you that you should buy our album I must tell you that if you don’t you will probably be sad forever and die alone. Alternatively I will tell you an anecdote.
The most tiring thing about being part of a Spandau Synthpop sensation is the amount of press you have to do to promote the album. Here is a short video of me talking about the exciting moment I was offered the opportunity to join #Yu recorded exclusively for the Japanese market –
Don’t forget to order ‘We Are Sorry’ tomorrow!!!
It’s with great pleasure that I can finally announce the release of our album on May the 6th 2016. The album entitled ‘We Are Sorry’ is guaranteed to be a massive hit, so don’t miss your chance to immerse yourself in the glorious sounds of Spandau Synthpop.
In the meantime, before you run off to preorder the album, here is a short video which really gets to the heart of what we have tried to achieve with ‘We Are Sorry’. Take a look…