Wow! An email from Dotti Holmberg popped up in my inbox this evening! Dotti Holmberg! And in case you have no idea what I am on about, Dotti was an original member of The GoldeBriars, which was Curt Boettcher’s first professional music group, and hence a crucial element in the whole Millennium legend. And if you STILL don’t know what I’m on about and don’t realise why that is SO exciting, then, uh, get a damn education. And while you’re about it, get a copy of the great Dotti Holmberg ‘Sometimes Happy Times’ collection that Sundazed put out a couple of years ago.
In other news… I discovered a new place to sit and drink tea. The Plant is a little fair trade / organic café on Cathedral Green, with a grand view of the Cathedral’s impressive façade (and unfortunately a couple of big wheelie bins). Just a few tables but crucially no students and a polite staff (last couple of times in the BTP the staff have been a bit shitty, so in the best tradition of the consumer society I have decided to take my custom elsewhere). Great range of coffees and teas, although I plumped rather predictably for the Rooibosch. And a yummy chocolate flapjack. I sat and read some mail (highlight was a packet of mini comic ‘zines and a CDR from the very wonderful Anne Bacheley. Look out for an ‘i wish i was unpopular’ 3” CDR from her in the near future.
And it’s finally half term. So I have a week to write 6000 words on the Field Mice. Hmmm. Jessica’s comments about research evidence for the accepted opinion that the FM were slated in their time are interesting. To be perfectly honest I think she’s right, and I don’t remember any particularly scathing comments in the music press. Then again, I wasn’t really reading a lot of the music press after the first couple of singles came out, so I wouldn’t really know anyway. I think my own thoughts and comments on the phenomenon of FM slating are rather formed from the stances of certain friends at the time. I know some people who really did not like them at all, so I guess my evidence is purely anecdotal, and on the other side of course there were plenty of friends who loved the FM and other Sarah bands, so...
Also in the mail today a 7” from Rough Trade / Mute promoting the Indiepop 1 CD collection. Primal Scream’s ‘All Fall Down’ and Josef K’s ‘Sorry For Laughing’ alongside a couple of tracks from Aberfeldy and Juniper Moon. So two classics and two fillers, then.