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• Scottish artist Momus – the performing alias for Nick Currie – has curated a fascinating body of work over the course of the last 30 years for labels such as Creation, Cherry Red, Analog Baroque and él.

• For thirty years, he has been releasing albums to critical success. In his lyrics and his other writing, he makes novel 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 seems fascinated by identity, Japan, Rome, the avant-garde, time travel and sex.

• Celebrating his 30th anniversary, PUBIC INTELLECTUAL is the first Anthology to document Momus’ entire recorded output. Carefully compiled and annotated by the artist, with artwork by his chosen designer, this is a very personal statement.

• Included are many of Momus’ most acclaimed songs – such as ‘The Hairstyle Of The Devil’, ‘Lucky Like St. Sebastian’ and ‘Murderers, The Hope of Women’.

• Pubic Intellectual also draws on Momus’ most recent albums from the noughties, such as Bibliotek, Bambi, Turpsycore and Glyptothek.

• Momus’ sleeve-notes are hilarious. Here’s the first entry for ‘Lucky Like St. Sebastian’:
“Arriving in London in 1984, I painted my Streatham room olive and lemon and put up reproductions from the National Gallery, where — along with the British Museum — I spent a lot of time. On the 159 bus up to central London, I mused on Kierkegaard’s essay (in Either/Or) The Rotation of Crops: boredom, says A. the aesthete, is the root of all evil. And he quotes Juvenal’s line that the masses just want ‘Panis et Circenses’, bread and circuses, diversion. I liked how ‘panis’ sounded like ‘penis’. I started devising an album about bread and circuses, or the way popular entertainment is used to pacify and placate the masses.”

DISC ONE:
1. LUCKY LIKE ST SEBASTIAN
2. PAPER WRAPS ROCK
3. MURDERERS, THE HOPE OF WOMEN
4. FLAME INTO BEING
5. CLOSER TO YOU
6. A COMPLETE HISTORY OF SEXUAL JEALOUSY (Parts 17-24)
7. THE HOMOSEXUAL
8. BISHONEN
9. I WAS A MAOIST INTELLECTUAL
10. HOW DO YOU FIND MY SISTER?
11. THE HAIRSTYLE OF THE DEVIL
12. SHAFTESBURY AVENUE
13. MORALITY IS VANITY
14. BLUESTOCKING
15. VENTRILOQUISTS AND DOLLS
16. SUMMER HOLIDAY 1999

DISC TWO:
1. CIBACHROME BLUE
2. VOYAGER
3. SPACEWALK
4. PLATINUM
5. ENLIGHTENMENT
6. RHETORIC
7. LAST OF THE WINDOW CLEANERS
8. THE CHEQUE’S IN THE POST
9. THE CABINET OF KUNIYOSHI KANEKO
10. MICROWORLDS
11. THE SADNESS OF THINGS
12. LONDON 1888
13. THE END OF HISTORY
14. I WANT YOU, BUT I DON’T NEED YOU
15. THE AGE OF INFORMATION
16. BORN TO BE ADORED
17. OLD FRIEND, NEW FLAME

DISC THREE:
1. TINNITUS
2. STEFANO ZARELLI
3. GOING FOR A WALK WITH A LINE
4. PYGMALISM
5. SCOTTISH LIPS
6. BEOWULF (I AM DEFORMED)
7. THE LAIRD OF INVERSNECKY
8. LIFE OF THE FIELDS
9. FRILLY MILITARY
10. NERVOUS HEARTBEAT
11. WIDOW TWANKY
12. HYPNOPRISM
13. LOVE WAKES THE DEVIL
14. ERASE
15. BIBLIOTEK
16. BAMBI
17. THE EPHEBOPHOBE
18. SYSTEM OF USHER
19. THE HIKER
20. THE MANTICORE
21. THE ART CREEP
22. MASKS OF BEBKO
23. THE VAUDEVILLIAN

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