Wednesday, March 08, 2006
We went to see My Latest Novel play last night and they were ace! All lovely and gorgeous tunes with the added bonus that the violinist looks a lot like Nicola Roberts. To celebrate this, and because little else has provided inspiration this week, here are ten entirely true and in no way made up facts about books, writers, and literary allusions related to pop music:-
- Students who have Wuthering Heights as one of their set texts can just learn the lyrics to the Kate Bush song and get the general gist. Students who have Romeo and Juliet to plough through are advised that doing the same with Dire Straits isn't quite as helpful. And also involves listening to Dire Straits.
- Some pop stars dream one day of writing a book, others dream of reading one, while for Victoria Beckham a book is nothing more than the sound a chicken makes.
- When popstars do turn towards a literary bent, they tend to release children's books. Generally this is a decision made by the publishing house after reading the manuscript, not by the pop star while writing it.
- Louise Wener, frontwoman of Sleeper has written a couple of books. If you ignore the fact that she can't really do plot, characterisation, dialogue or descriptive writing, they're not without their charms.
- Indie bands! There really is nothing cooler and more anti-establishment than referencing A Clockwork Orange. No-one has ever done it before so everyone will be totally shocked and impressed.
- Lee from Blue one day hopes to write a book. Well, he's going to get someone else to write it while he stands next to him and pretends he's doing the typing.
- Steps' Step One was a concept album based around the work of Jules Verne. An off cut from these sessions, inspired by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, later turned up under the name of A Deeper Shade of Blue.
- Famous pop star authors include Madonna, Jewel and The Crazy World of Author Brown.
- Richey James from the Manic Street Preachers never read a book in his life and only learned a few names to impress chicks.
- We reckon these are going to be worth a read.