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October 17th, 2010 by admin

A massive benefit of not using my drug of choice is the absence of hangovers. A psychiatrist in a rehab once told me he had a pet theory that the worse the hangovers, the quicker the arrival in recovery, as the earlier and more frequent the negative consequences for the user. Certainly mine were of the long, drawn out, self-loathing variety, and that vague feeling of wanting this never, ever to happen again (followed a few days later by the inevitable relapse) may well have harried me into trying to sort my life out earlier than might otherwise have happened.

I can however repeat a few of the effects of a hangover by simple sleep deprivation (see the last post), and there have been lazy times today as I’ve snoozed, nattered on the phone and headed off on a pointless time-wasting odyssey around the internet. Hearing The Blue Nile’s “Tinseltown in the Rain” for the first time in years last night led me to post it on Bookface, and a comment on that post lead me to the seminal Valencia club of the 80′s & 90′s Spook Factory, and the tracklisting of a Spook Factory mix CD lead me to this extraordinary cover of The The’s “Uncertain Smile” (as to which, see below) by Belgian goths Poésie Noire, which I feel has a great deal of charm hiding behind those fat stomping electronic slabs of noise, perhaps best exemplified by the tinny, understandably half-hearted pastiche of the original flamboyant Jools Holland piano solo. Good stuff.

Yep, it’s been a productive day…

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Poésie Noire – Uncertain Smile