Saturday, 4 August 2012
THE FATE OF 'THE QUEER MESSIAH BANNED'
'A silence has followed my recent unilateral decision to split from the rock/pop music collaboration THE QUEER MESSIAH BANNED'- a concept I had solely created. Working relationships do reach unavoidable breaking points and sadly some of these prove to be utterly insurmountable.
After fifteen years of attempting to work creatively and sympathetically with musos I finally took the advice of my closest friends and realised that my past and present experiences with these people had indeed proven that they do not share my work ethic or utterly embrace my understanding of what a collaboration is. What they had brought to my life with a remarkable consistency was a vast list of disappointments and a particularly unfriendly catalogue of broken promises.
My biggest beef with all these people was that unfailingly they promised what they were not, in the final analysis, prepared to deliver. My recent grief was that my latest collaborator had taken it upon himself, without any reference to me, to publicly via the internet promise the launch of both an E.P. and an Album according to a specific timeline. These were promises made on my behalf which were subsequently broken not by me but by him. That is reprehensible.
I am deeply disappointed that I have been involved a project which specifically promised something it was unable to deliver. For that I apologise without reserve. Despite it being a 'collaboration' such immense decisions had been taken out of my hands.
My collaborator- the composer, the instrumentalist and vocalist also appeared intent to take it upon himself to make the unilateral decision to appoint himself the sole art director for the project. He posted many examples of his approach to artwork for The Queer Messiah Banned without seeking any 'proof' approval from me. That is also reprehensible in the context of a collaboration. The fact is that I liked very little of it. Our tastes in these matters are polarised.
I have learned to be very elastic with my patience with regard to musos- it does seem that they are very fond of having their own way: hence the modern phenomenon of the ubquitous singer-songwriter; they all believe that they can do it all. So be it. Then never collaborate.
I checked my meticulously kept contact record- 95% of the time contact was initiated by myself. This is never a great indicator.
The final straw came when I realised that in a very ill-advised comment posted by him publicly on Facebook all empathy and respect for me had totally dissipated. Pulling the plug was extremely difficult but it was my trusted advisers who forced my hand. The Queer Messiah Banned is now The Queer Messiah Banned That Was.
I shall never work with a rock/pop musician or within that industry again. I do not trust it.
My best work in this area remains the concept album CERULEAN BLUE which I wrote with Dominic Shaw. I view that as an achievement- particularly in the context of its birth. Very many other people have been kind enough to express the view that it is a work of worth. It is not all negatives then though, inexplicably Dominic Shaw refuses to agree to release the album.
I wrote the entire script of that album and then the brilliant Dominic went to work on the music- I do believe that not a word needed to be changed. No excuses there. Just flawed genius.
My belief in the power of collaborations is dented rather than diminished and I have recently opted to join forces with the very accomplished satirist Mike Knowles in a number of varied projects under the name QUEER MESSIAH MEDIA.' CM
- ▼ August (3)
INFAMOUS EXPLICIT AND CONTENTIOUS CONTENT
- QUEER MESSIAH EXPLICIT AND CONTENTIOUS POETRY AND ...
- THE QUEER MESSIAH BANNED- performance project, mu...
- CHRIS MADOCH ART
- THE QUEER MESSIAH'S GALLERY OF HOT GAY IMAGES
- QUEER MESSIAH SHORT FICTION
- THE QUEER MESSIAH QUOTE UNQUOTE
- QUEER MESSIAH JOURNALISM
- QUEER MESSIAH THE BOOK- RUMOURS FROM THE BALCONY
- STRICTLY SAPPHIC
HAVING A LAUGH
'Put your hands up any heteros in the house. Ah bless. Now put your fists up any gays in the house! Wow! That's more like it- marvellous. I've got this day job, a nice little earner- sales rep for KY Jelly. Look- I know it's a stretch madam but this is supposed to be a laugh. Don't tell me your self-lubricating you're in the OAP seats.' CM
'The fossil stand-up with a walking frame, John Rivers- who thinks jewellery should yell CHEAP louder than fucking canaries on acid said of Yoko Ono- if she found her floating in her pool then she'd punish her dog. I knew that heartless bitch could be cruel to dogs.' CM
THE RUMOUR-MONGERS TONGUE LASHING NEWS DESK
MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Such are the demands of Hollywood that Lily Collins has to continue to pretend that her former relationship with JCB is in fact alive. A little bird tells me it as a dead as a DODO which was a very big bird indeed. Ha. Just like the writer of Mortal Instruments. Believe me the best thing about this movie franchise will be LILY COLLINS who has just delivered the performance of her life in the soon to be released LOVE ROSIE. An Oscar nomination beckons I reckon. And yes, I am in a position to know. THE NEXT LAME DEVELOPMENT IN SELF-PUBLISHING Saddo outfits such as the much fanned ONEIROS BOOKS actually self-publish authors who are too cowardly, lazy, lousy or inept to self-publish themselves. HILARIOUS. Of course you have to get through the onerous filtering processes. Licking arse helps. Judging by this house's nauseatingly variable standard of output the filters in place are utterly worthless. The poetry editor has no understanding of POETRY per se and is a piss-poor poet by any standard. They openly applaud themselves for being revolutionary. Pathetic. They are but a further evolution of the self-affirmation model and the modernly sociopathic ego. Steer clear. Do not indulge their risible waste of tree.
QUEER MESSIAH BANNED PLAYER
This is where the first tracks for the new band will shortly appear but meanwhile I will be showcasing songs from prior collaborations- this first one CALIFORNIAN QUEEN is from the album CERULEAN BLUE that I wrote with the genius Dominic Shaw. I do the spoken word and he does the lead vocals and instruments. He is not a gay man and is now heavily into ambient music. The album was loved by Phil Collins, Hit and Run Music and EMI- but eight years ago no-one had any idea how to market it.