- Momus (artist)
name = Momus
birth_name = Nick Currie
birth_date = birth date and age|1960|2|11
other_names = Momus
Author, Journalist, Songwriter
website = [http://www.imomus.com/ www.imomus.com]
Nick Currie (born
February 11, 1960in Paisley, Scotland), more popularly known under the artist nameMomus (after the Greek god of mockery), is a songwriter, blogger and former journalist for "Wired". Most of his songs are self-referential or postmodern.
For more than twenty years he has been releasing, to marginal commercial and critical success, albums on labels in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Japan. In his lyrics and his other writing he makes seemingly random use of decontextualized pieces of continental (mostly French) philosophy, and has built up a personal world he says is "dominated by values like diversity,
orientalism, and a respect for otherness." He is fascinated by identity, Japan, the avant-garde, time traveland sex.
In the last two decades, Momus has lived in
London, Paris, Tokyoand New York. He has made Berlinhis home since 2003.
He wears a patch over his right eye because he lost the use of it after contracting
acanthamoeba keratitisfrom a contact lens case washed with Greek tap water. [cite web |url= http://www.nypress.com/blogx/display_blog.cfm?bid=55357876&day=13&startmonth=10&startyear=2007 |title= Momus Revisited |accessdate=2008-05-29 |author=Gerry Visco |date=2007-10-13 |work= |publisher=New York Press] [cite web |url=http://imomus.com/matt.html |title=Story Of An Eye |accessdate=2008-05-29 |author=Momus |date=April 1998 |work= |publisher=]
He began by recording
post-punkmaterial with various ex-members of Josef K in a group called The Happy Familyin the early '80s, and was associated with the musicians around Postcard Records(although he never recorded for that label). His debut solo album "Circus Maximus" explored biblical themes in dark, almost Gothic acoustic style, and his debt to the influence of Gallic pop was clear from a subsequent, sardonically self-referencing cover of Jacques Brel's "Jackie" and portraits of himself in the style of early 60s Serge Gainsbourg.In 1987, by which time he lived in London, he signed to Creation Records, and began to record the hyper-literate, quirky pop songs for which he is best known. A trio of albums, "The Poison Boyfriend", "Tender Pervert" and "Don't Stop The Night" blended accessible dance-pop with such heavy lyrical themes as paedophilia, necrophilia and adultery. The latter album almost yielded a hit in the UK with "The Hairstyle of the Devil". Subsequent albums on Creation included "Hippopotamomus", a scatological tribute to Gainsbourg, as Momus continued to push boundaries of acceptability within accessible pop structures. By 1994, however, when Creation signed Oasis, his music started to sound out of place on the newer, more 'laddish' and commercial sounds Creation then started to produce, and he moved to Paris and signed to Cherry Redrecords. Since then he has lived in various countries and, whilst less popular in Britain, has had a reasonable level of commercial success in a number of countries, especially Japan, where he wrote and produced records for successful singer Kahimi Karie, including the hit single "Good Morning World".
He has been sued by
MichelinUK, for the song "Michelin Man", which compared the mascot to a blow-up doll, on "Hippopotamomus" (1991); and by Wendy Carlosfor the song "Walter Carlos" (which postulated that the post- sexual reassignment surgeryWendy could travel back in time to marry her pre-surgery self, Walter) on " The Little Red Songbook" (1998). In response to the debt incurred from Carlos's lawsuit, which was settled by withdrawal of the song, agreement not to use Carlos's name for any purpose whatsoever and payment of damages and attorney's fees to Carlos, Momus wrote thirty songs about every person or group who commissioned a song at the price of $1,000, compiling " Stars Forever" (1999). Patrons include artist Jeff Koons, Japanese musician Cornelius, and three-year-old animator/superhero Noah Brill. "Stars Forever" also features the winners of a karaokecontest started on "The Little Red Songbook" (1998).
Other Momus activities include writing for "Wired", "Vice", "
Index Magazine", " AIGA Voice", and Design Observer. Momus has also been a kind of guest instructor working on sound-art projects with students first at Future Universityin Hakodate, Hokkaidō, Japanduring the early months of 2005, and then again in September at Fabrica, the Benetton "research centre" near Venice, Italy. In 2006 he was a featured artist in the Whitney Biennialin New York City, serving as an "unreliable tour guide" to visitors of the exhibition. He also keeps an online blog, documenting his everyday experience, philosophies and fetishes.
Momus is credited with the first documented instance of writing, in 1991, that "In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen people", which has evolved into the popular
meme"On the web, everyone will be famous to fifteen people".cite web | title = POP STARS? NEIN DANKE! In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen people... | author = Momus | url = http://imomus.com/index499.html | date = 1991 | publisher = Grimsby Fishmarket | accessdate = 2008-10-07] The quip is a parody of Andy Warhol's famous prediction that, "In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes".
Fotolog.Bookwith texts by Momus on photoblogging published in April 2006 by British publishers Thames & Hudson.
He is a cousin of musician
Justin Currie, the lead singer and songwriter of Del Amitri, although Momus has been critical of his musical output at times.
* [http://www.imomus.com/ Momus's Official Site]
* [http://livejournal.com/~imomus/ Click Opera] (Momus's
* [http://www.whitney.org/www/2006biennial/artists.php?artist=Momus Whitney Biennial 2006: "Day For Night"]
* [http://www.myspace.com/nickcurrie A MySpace page falsely claiming to be Momus's,] and [http://www.wired.com/news/columns/0,70717-0.html his Wired article explaining it]
* [http://www.gloompot.com/DeepMag2003/Momus.aspx Interview (2003)]
* [http://www.creation-records.com/momus/index.html Interview (04/2003)]
* [http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/august_2002/momus.html Interview (2002)]
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20061015204411/http%3A//www.silbermedia.com/qrd/thieves/momus.htm Interview (1998)]
* [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/41660-ocky-milk "Ocky Milk Review"] at
* [http://www.ubu.com/sound/momus.html UbuWeb: Momus and Anne Laplantine] featuring the song "Summerisle Horspiel"
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