Thursday, March 27, 2008

V for Victory not Vendetta

Thanks to the efforts of the good folks at my preferred online music retailer, I've now got the EP of music recorded by David J of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets fame for Alan Moore and David Lloyd's V for Vendetta. Those of you who have read the comic may remember the chapter told in song (with musical notation) This Vicious Cabaret, provided for your listening pleasure below. It's funny, when I saw the V movie a few years back I remember thinking it was mediocre but not awful. I think in the time since I've kind of grown to hate it. For one thing it strips away any of the real questions and complexities of the story and leaves you the kind of message that only Hollywood could consider political, essentially that "Fascism is bad". Yeah, way to take a stand there guys. At any rate, Alan Moore said it best : "[The movie] has been "turned into a Bush-era parable by people too timid to set a political satire in their own country… It's a thwarted and frustrated and largely impotent American liberal fantasy of someone with American liberal values standing up against a state run by neoconservatives—which is not what the comic V for Vendetta was about. It was about fascism, it was about anarchy, it was about England."

All that aside, this is a really cool little track. I always forget that David had some neat solo material, maybe sometime I'll post one of his oddball spoken word/ambient pieces, if and when I find the cd in my damn collection.

David J - This Vicious Cabaret


Bruce said...

Cool. Was the "V For Vendetta" EP originally credited to The Sinister Ducks (the band David briefly formed with Moore), or does this predate that? I don't have all of David's solo stuff, but I've loved "Songs For Another Season" and "Urban Urbane" for years. Miles better than any solo stuff of Ash's I've ever heard, and he often takes way more risks than Murphy ever did. All hail the creepy dude in white with the big glasses.

alex said...

As far as I know it was always credited to just David J, but I only have the rerelease artwork to go by.

The Sinister Ducks stuff is pretty odd to say the least. I have a rip of it somewhere.