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I Don't Belong Here: Cathi Unsworth's Weirdo In 13 Albums
The Quietus , July 25th, 2012 07:17

Author and journalist Cathi Unsworth talks us through the albums that inspired her new novel Weirdo. This feature will bring dark joy to the hearts of those whose clothes are black, whose lips are purple and whose witches are red

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Joolz The Latest Craze

Joolz, along with Sioux and Lydia Lunch, represents my personal trinity of Godesses. When I first saw her, with her bright red hair and knotwork tattoos, I thought she looked like the reincarnation of Queen Bodecia – who as we all know, was the greatest ever Norfolk Broad. This three-track 12" EP, a collaboration with the wonderful Jah Wobble, came out in 1983 and was the first thing I ever bought of hers. I have used the title, along with that of her subsequent Hex LP, in Weirdo. If you have heard it before, you will know why – this is a wickedly funny depiction of a suburban ice queen, who drinks lager and black, smokes Black Sobranie cigarettes and goes into the graveyard at night where she: does it with her fella – on a tomb! Joolz is one of the most spellbinding performers you will ever see, her stories always poised between comedy and tragedy and her empathy for those dumped on the margins of life is profound. She is also a brilliant noir novelist, who constantly pushes the boundaries with her work, a very wise woman indeed.


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Simon
Jul 25, 2012 1:27pm

Great stuff! Maybe it's because I spent my youth in a seaside town during the 80's but most of these (very very unfashionable) albums are all very familiar. And I've come back to them and still find most of them to be a great listen, on whatever level. Not sure where Madonna and Jacko fit in tho... Gonna buy the book right now.

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andy
Jul 25, 2012 2:01pm

yeah,great list.I like most of the stuff here,Bunnymen,Sisters,early Cult,Bauhaus of course... recently discovered Spear of Destiny through Paradise Lost cover of Never take me alive.awesome band,great find!!

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Apop
Jul 26, 2012 12:49am

Some fine choices here, the Echo, Bauhaus, and Smiths albums were worn out by this kid as well, right around the same time. Morrissey takes many cues from his favorite writers, so it's a cool kind of circle that this writer should take some cues from him.

Was sad to see the Cult move away from their post-punk beginnings but I've been a fan of all their material nonetheless. She mentions the Chameleons, was surprised to find none of their albums were on here. No worries tho, they're still overlooked by most.

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Jul 26, 2012 2:46pm

I am thrilled to find somenone whose love of 'Smalltown England' is equal to my own.

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art damij
Aug 14, 2012 2:09pm

cool list,great to see crass,bauhaus,killing joke,sisters in there..as well as nods to theatre of hate..good call cathi!

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