I was having dinner on Saturday night and again the topic turned to how terrible music was in the 80’s… well, I am always the one to disagree. For me, the 80’s were a time of huge upheaval. There was the surface popularity of your Stock, Aitken and Waterman produced types, but bubbling below that were a group of bands who were doing things differently. The Church, Died Pretty, The Triffids & The Go-Betweens were just some of the bands on the Australian front consistently releasing albums that garnered critical acclaim. While in England, the Manchester scene was exploding… and at the forefront of that scene were The Smiths.
So I was rubbing my hands together when I discovered the recent release of Paint A Vulgar Picture: fiction inspired by The Smiths. The collection features 25 short stories named after various Smiths songs. There is Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before by Richmond Fontaine frontman Willy Vlautin, The Queen is Dead by Jeff Noon and Death of a Disco Dancer by Nick Stone to name but a few.
You can read a review of the collection at the short review and you can listen to an interview with editor, Peter Wild by visiting Willy Vlautin’s site and clicking on the link below ‘Paint A Vulgar Picture’.
For me, this collection has just climbed to the top of my wishlist. Oh yes, I would go out tonight, but I haven’t got a stitch to wear…