Second recommendation of the month.

There are a number of musicians I know who are clearly fictional characters.  People who you wouldn’t be at all surprised to find have actually been played by actors all along.  Jessica Law is definitely one of those.

She was born in the late 1800s, became part of the Midlands contingent of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, and then died about 1910.  Probably of consumption.  And then, thanks to some sinister backroom scientific experiment, was brought back to life and condemned to spend the next 100 years or so walking the earth and singing songs about death and revenge on a resonator ukulele.

Think of her as like The Woman In Black, only every time she appears a child doesn’t die.  Instead, a borrowed library book completely disappears from the face of the earth, cursed to never be returned, stamped and reshelved.

Current Favourite Track:
Six Years (“Well I never had the health to ruin myself…”)

Nancy_SpungenIf you’re interested in the difference between a 20 year old man and a 40 year old man, and there’s really no reason why you should be but if you are, here’s a good example.

Nancy Spungeon.

(Who was neither, but I’m just being deliberately oblique.)

When I was around 20 I studied popular music at Liverpool University, and I first learnt about Punk.  I’d been aware of it for years, but never really got it.  So I learnt about the New York Dolls and Television and CBGBs, and the Damned and Souixie and the Banshees and the Sex Pistols.  And I learnt about Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungeon.  Sid and Nancy. (more…)