17 June 2013

a world of polka dots

 

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"just thinking of the several thousand macaroni dishes i consumed during my lifetime really pierced me with fear. you can neither die nor live with ease. you just keep eating or making love until the very day of your death, as though you were being carried along on a conveyor belt. i was really afraid of that" - yayoi kusama

"it's scary to watch someone you love go into the center of himself and confront his fears, fear of failure, fear of death, fear of going insane. you have to fail a little, die a little, go insane a little, to come out the other side." - eleanor coppola

 

the b side to our new single is called 'a world of polka dots', and it's our little paean to the princess of polka dots, yayoi kusama. apart from george michael and andrew ridgeley, i don't think we've ever written a tribute to anyone before, but i wanted to write something about her because i like the way she confronts her fears by filling her work with them. there's a lot of fear in our songs. fear of spiders, flying, the countryside, fear of falling in love, fear of failure, fear of death. i've been afraid of a lot of things over the course of four albums. i guess in a way i like to sing about the things i'm afraid of because somehow it makes me less afraid of them too.

a few years ago i made a list on twitter of all the things i was scared of. i got to sixty five fears and then i stopped. perhaps too afraid to go on. this is the list of the sixty five fears i had so far.


65. finding a dead mouse in my bread
64. deer ticks
63. brains
62. people i used to go to school with
61. the toothpick fish
60. my ear drums being perforated. particularly by knitting needles or kerplunk straws
59. wind turbines
57. high school musical
56. people touching my wrists
55. double layered car transporters
54. ronald mcdonald
53. developing flu like symptoms
52. getting a splinter in my tongue from a lolly stick
51. extractor fans
50. ventriloquist dummies
49. sneezing too hard and my eyeballs becoming unattached from their sockets
48. meteors crashing into earth
47. crime scene reconstructions
46. roller coasters
45. going into hospital for an operation and not getting enough anaesthetic so that i feel everything
44. getting my fingers chopped off in lawnmowers
43. leaf shredders. for the same reason as lawnmowers
42. hanging baskets
41. being struck by lightning
40. cockroaches
39. gnarl from buffy the vampire slayer
38. der kindestod from buffy the vampire slayer
37. the gentlemen from buffy the vampire slayer
36. the child catcher from chitty chitty bang bang
35. beaks
34. my tongue getting frozen to things when i lick them and having to be cut away
33. scarecrows
32. people who work in bookshops
31. the speed of mice
30. the easter bunny
29. dinner parties
28. hearing noises in lofts
27. someone ice skating over my fingers
26. toads
25. frogs
24. garden centres
23. spiders
22. people posting lit fireworks through my letterbox
21. houseflies
20. pigeons flying at me
19. jellyfish
18. peanuts. i might be allergic to them and i don't know
17. dentists
16. getting moles caught in zips
15. bruises under toenails
14 .little tiny stones flicking up off the road and coming in through my car window and hitting me when i'm driving
13. the theatre
12. bookshelves falling over and crushing me
11. grating my fingers off when i'm grating cheese
10. ordering food in restaurants
9. sitting in the bath and it falling through the floor
8. being pushed off train station platforms just as the train is coming
7. accidentally getting a pencil stuck up my nose and then hitting my head so it goes all the way up in to my brain
6. swallowing my tongue
5. putting warm food in fridges
4. yoghurt
3. bats flying into my hair and getting so entangled that i have to wait for them to die of distress and cut them out
2. cutting my tongue open when i'm licking envelopes
1. rats climbing out of toilets

there are definitely some things missing from the list. i might have to start it up again.

66. quicksand
67. my car breaking down on railway crossings

there we go. 'a world of polka dots' is available as a download from iTunes and all those other places. or from our bandcamp page if you want to go there.

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