Monday, 30 January 2012


Laurel and Hardy in Way Out West (1937)

Extract from Patrick DeWitt - The Sisters Brothers:

“Can you remember what you were dreaming of just now?” he asked.

“Only that I was being restricted,” I said.

“You kept saying, I am in the tent! I am in the tent!”

“I don’t remember.”

“I am in the tent!”

“Help me stand up.”

He assisted me and in a moment I was circling the camp on wooden-feeling legs. I was slightly nauseous but ate a large meal of bacon and coffee and biscuits and managed to keep this down. I decided I was well enough to travel and we rode easy for four or five hours before settling down again. Charlie asked me repeatedly how I was feeling and I attempted each time to answer, but the truth of it was that I did not exactly know. Whether it was the poison from the spider or the harried doctor’s antivenom, I was not entirely in my body. I passed a night of fever and starts and in the morning, when I turned to meet Charlie’s good-day greeting, he took a look at me and emitted a shriek of fright. I asked him what was the matter and he brought over a tin plate to use as a looking glass.

“What’s that?” I asked.

“That’s your head, friend.” He leaned back on his heels and whistled.

The left side of my face was grotesquely swollen, from the top of my skull all the way to the neck, tapering off at the shoulder. My eye was merely a slit and Charlie, regaining his humor, said I looked like a half-dog, and he tossed a stick to see if I would chase it. I traced the source of the swelling to my teeth and gums; when I tapped a finger on the lower left row a singing pain shot through my body from top to bottom and back again.

“There must be a gallon of blood sloshing around,” said Charlie.

“Where did you find that doctor? We should revisit him and have him lance me.”

Charlie shook his head. “Best not to search him out. There was an unhappy episode regarding his fee. He would be glad to see me again, it’s true, but I doubt he would be eager to assist us further. He mentioned another encampment a few miles further to the south. That might be our wisest bet, if you think you can make it.”

“I don’t suppose I have a choice.”

“As with so many things in a life, brother, I don’t suppose you do.”

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Baba Gogo #4 @ Drouthy's 17.02.12

Friday February 17 from 8pm

Baba Gogo #4: Valentine's Special with boutready2jack and ben 'jack your body' robinson

It is a night for couples, to commune under the candlelight with your loved one, find your future half or show despondency for your past liaisons to the orgasmic interplanetary melt of music box jams, acid, disco and house provided by our two guests, boutready2jack and ben 'jack your body' robinson. Not even our djs want to be alone tonight.

As for ourselves, we will travel musically the phases of enchantment, power struggle, honeymoon, resentment and self-destruction.

Romance and pandemonium for free at Drouthy's basement.


Saturday, 28 January 2012

Zazou @ Kage 27.01.12

To the Kage nitespot last night for Zazou, billed as "a phantasmagoria of Italo, Hi NRG and obscure Disco". I took a few photos and here they are:

Italo like you mean it

Zazou resident DJ Il Discotto

Stefan Blomeier meets his public


Deejay for money

Friday, 27 January 2012


Bought a few records:

Book Of Love - Boy (Sire) 12", € 2.00

Jellybean – Just A Mirage (Chrysalis) 12", £0.99

Blancmange - Waves/Game Above My Head (London) 12", £4.99

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Yuck 'n Yum - Our New Cover Artist – Helen Flanagan

Yuck ‘n Yum are delighted to announce that our new cover artist for 2012 is Helen Flanagan.

Helen is a photographer based in Birmingham, returning there after graduating from Falmouth University of Arts in 2010. Her photography captures human fragility with a delicacy in framing and the slightest of touch. She has exhibited across the UK and has been featured in multiple photographic publications including Dazed and Confused magazine. She is also cofounder of Books & Others, a project aimed at promoting photographic works, with visual artist Alex Bailey.

We at Yuck ‘n Yum are very excited to have Helen as our first photographic cover artist and are curious to see what direction Helen takes YNY in 2012. Helen has been featured twice in Yuck ‘n Yum in our summer and winter editions of 2011. You can view these works amongst others by heading to our zine archive.

You can read a nice interview about Helen’s project ‘No Strings Attached’ courtesy of It’s Nice That magazine here and view her photography and other projects at, and

We would also like to say a big thank you to Ross Hamilton Frew who is handing the baton over to Helen. Ross produced four stunning covers for us last year and we wish him all the best for the future.

The deadline for the Spring 2012 issue is the 23rd of February.


Monday, 23 January 2012


Gregor Schneider - Totes Haus u r, 2001

Extract from H.P. Lovecraft - Supernatural Horror in Literature:

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. These facts few psychologists will dispute, and their admitted truth must establish for all time the genuineness and dignity of the weirdly horrible tale as a literary form. Against it are discharged all the shafts of a materialistic sophistication which clings to frequently felt emotions and external events, and of a naïvely insipid idealism which deprecates the æsthetic motive and calls for a didactic literature to "uplift" the reader toward a suitable degree of smirking optimism. But in spite of all this opposition the weird tale has survived, developed, and attained remarkable heights of perfection; founded as it is on a profound and elementary principle whose appeal, if not always universal, must necessarily be poignant and permanent to minds of the requisite sensitiveness.

The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for detachment from everyday life. Relatively few are free enough from the spell of the daily routine to respond to tappings from outside, and tales of ordinary feelings and events, or of common sentimental distortions of such feelings and events, will always take first place in the taste of the majority; rightly, perhaps, since of course these ordinary matters make up the greater part of human experience. But the sensitive are always with us, and sometimes a curious streak of fancy invades an obscure corner of the very hardest head; so that no amount of rationalisation, reform, or Freudian analysis can quite annul the thrill of the chimney-corner whisper or the lonely wood. There is here involved a psychological pattern or tradition as real and as deeply grounded in mental experience as any other pattern or tradition of mankind; coeval with the religious feeling and closely related to many aspects of it, and too much a part of our innermost biological heritage to lose keen potency over a very important, though not numerically great, minority of our species.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Jane & Louise Wilson @ DCA 21.01.12

To the DCA tonight for the opening of the Wilson Twins show. I took a few photos and here they are:

Face Scripting – What Did the Building See?

Atomgrad (Nature Abhors a Vacuum)

The Dundee art massive

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Hollywood Seven

In 1974 Gloria Sklerov, a prolific songwriter who now specialises in wedding music, was asked to write an "urban story song" for Terry Jacks who needed a follow-up to the hit single Seasons in the Sun. "On the way home on the freeway one night I passed a motel called Hollywood Eight which intrigued me. I started to think about who might be checking in there. We decided to change the name to 'Hollywood Seven' because it 'sang' better. We then plotted the story and it all came out like it was meant to. Unfortunately the Terry Jacks deal fell though but we were thrilled when we heard the recording by Jon English. It used some of the synth riffs we had used in the demo and I was very proud of this version."

However it's the 1980 cover version of Hollywood Seven by Dutch singer Alides Hidding which has been "rescued from the depths of dollar bin obscurity" by DJs Mike Simonetti and Johnny Jewel. Recently released by Perseo Records (with other rare covers such as the German one with psychedelic guitar) Simonetti and Jewel's extended edit "clocks in at 6.51 and is mastered with extremely heavy drums."


In 2008 Mike Simonetti & Johnny Jewel were in a record store in Perth, Australia killing time on tour when they found another version of the song while looking through crates of discount records. It was definitely fate! To find this song in the most random record store in the most remote city on the planet had to mean something. Mike spun it that night at an after party deep in the belly of a basement. The song had the classic feel of the original, but was more like a version performed by Neil Diamond's long lost Australian brother. Nine months later, Glass Candy had the night off in San Diego. Outside of a record store in an alley behind a pharmacy, Johnny stumbled across an even more bizarre interpretation of "Hollywood Seven." A strangely hi-NRG inspired version mixed with shredding psych guitar riffs and sung completely in German! In 2010 Nat Walker (Chromatics / Desire) found yet another version of "Hollywood Seven" at a North Portland church rummage sale while looking for hip hop samples. This piano-driven version was a glammy early 80s gospel private press record and is the only version known to contain the fourth verse (this is the original Jon English 1976 version).

To be honest the press release for this 12-inch is so epic that the best thing to do would be just to quote it in full. With full record geek's enthusiasm it details the cratedigger's journey that befell Mike Simonetti and Johnny Jewel and lead them to no less than four versions of "Hollywood Seven." As a result, Simonetti and Jewel take the artist's slot on this one not only for their extended edit of the original track but for their digging chops in unearthing a little dusty, dollar-disco diamond. It seems like there's weird cover versions of this all over the world. One surfaced in Australia. Another at a North Portland rummage sale. Another, sung in German, was found by Jewel in San Diego, "outside of a record store in an alley behind a pharmacy," which is how you know these guys are hardcore: they are literally looking for records in the alley outside the record store.

The original, a lynchpin of the duo's lauded Albuterol mix, is an immensely catchy trash-disco delight, with over-the-top everything: urgent horns, handclaps, scratchy guitar, rousing melody and an unbeatable soap opera storyline that revels in the clichés of stardom dreams born and broken in California. With its brutal, near-ridiculous melodrama, I could imagine Rainer Fassbinder spinning it.

The cover versions are a cabinet of wonders, or hotel mini-bar of wonders, unto themselves. The German version plucks the riff from Clapton's "Layla," replaces the horns with bright-ass synths and retells the tale in Dietrich deadpan, suddenly conjuring not only smoky Berlin cabaret but traditional German schlager-schmaltz. The "Piano" and "Ballad" versions are close kin, both slowing the tempo and upping the pathos with that world-weary feeling you only get in overwrought '70s rock.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012


Bought a few items over recent weeks:

Jesus, You Know DVD, £12.90

Glenn Gould & Leonard Rose - Bach: The Three Sonatas for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord CD, £2.72

Legowelt - The Teac Life (Legowelt) 4LP, £31.99

G Strings - The Land Of Dreams (Seventh Sign) 12", £8.99

Various - Nation presents The Modern Electronic Element (serie 2) 2LP + 7" (Nation), £16.99

Monday, 16 January 2012


Pierre Clémenti in Benjamin, or the Diary of an Innocent Young Man (1968)

Extract from Dennis Cooper - The Marbled Swarm:

Serge favored vintage black Slimane jeans, so tight in the legs that his near-robotic gait would have made Pinocchio a track star. His faux old-fashioned choice of a white and gauzy sweater flecked with Christmas trees was geared to mismate with a visible black T-shirt whose skull-emblazoned front seemed to represent his tortured soul's Peeping Tom. His limp, unimaginatively brown, forgotten-esque hair was worn in two chin-length, barely parted bangs that cordoned off a lightly made up face so classic that, had he not been such a downer, it might have sucked fan mail into his in-box like atmosphere into a punctured jet.
So taken was I with the drab atmospherics and festive details of this crosshatched-seeming boy that I was caught quite off guard when his morose eyes rose just far enough to spot the bulge he had occasioned in my slacks.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Yuck 'n Yum Guest Zine Winners

Yuck ‘n Yum are proud to announce our two commissioned Guest Zine Projects: Valerie Norris with Steven Myles, and Michael Lacey.

Val Norris is a Dundee based artist who works within the medium of drawing. She has exhibited extensively with her most recent work featuring alongside Alex Frost and David Shrigley. Steven Myles is a musician also based in Dundee. They share an interest in song-poems, and will be creating a zine dedicated to the musical phenomenon.

Song-poems peaked in popularity between the 1950s and 1980s in America, originating from the slightly dubious commercial enterprise whereby music publishing companies would place adverts in magazines, soliciting lyrics from the general public and for a nominal fee arrange, record and press the “song-poem”. The basic premise is “We’ll set your song, your poem, even your goddamn shopping list to music; we don’t care what you give us, so long as your checks don’t bounce.” The undiscerning, democratic nature of the genre allows the opportunity for the full spectrum of the imagination to be expressed – from the banal to the transcendent, to the downright weird. Val and Steven will explore this rainbow of eccentricity through a collection of essays, experimental texts, cartoon strips, drawings and photographs.

Michael Lacey is an artist, illustrator and writer based in Glasgow and Liverpool. He graduated from Glasgow Art School in 2009. Michael’s work has been described as bold fragmented filmstrips. His most recent commission sees Michael join treasured Scottish artist Alasdair Gray as the only other artist to create a mural for Ubitqitious Chip. Michael will create a comic from a body of work he is currently working on.
He describes it as ‘A mess of drawings and lies concerning giant birds, dying ghosts, haunted boats, dogs carved into cliff faces, enormous brains in glass spheres, waterfalls of pianos, mutilation (self and general), rivers of blood, flooded hotels, dangerous playgrounds, accidental murders, magical circuses, abandoned mazes, pointless rituals, headless swordfighters, ballet-dancing goats, endless staircases, cavernous graves and deserted hotels pitching themselves into the sea.’

These projects will be developed by the artists over the next few months. Yuck ‘n Yum will then produce, launch and distribute the zines. We will be keeping you updated with progress and key dates along the way through the usual channels.

Yuck ‘n Yum would like to thank the Hannah Maclure Centre for their generous support in making this project happen.

Love from all the Yuck ‘n Yum team.


Wednesday, 11 January 2012


César Luis Menotti

Extract from Jonathan Wilson - Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics:

Menotti was an ineffably romantic figure. A pencil-thin chain-smoker with collar-length hair, greying sideburns and the stare of an eagle, he seemed the embodiment of Argentinian bohemianism. He was left-wing, intellectual, a philosopher and an artist. 'I maintain that a team is above all an idea,' he said, 'and more than an idea it is a commitment, and more than a commitment it is the clear convictions that a coach must transmit to his players to defend that idea.
'So my concern is that we coaches don't arrogate to ourselves the right to remove from the spectacle the synonym of festival, in favour of a philosophical reading that cannot be sustained, which is to avoid taking risks. And in football there are risks because the only way you can avoid taking risks in any game is by not playing...
'And to those who say that all that matters is winning, I want to warn them that someone always wins. Therefore, in a thirty-team championship, there are twenty-nine who must ask themselves: what did I leave at this club, what did I bring to my players, what possibility of growth did I give to my footballers?
'I start from the premise that football is efficacy. I play to win, as much or more than any egoist who thinks he's going to win by other means. I want to win the match. But I don't give in to tactical reasoning as the only way to win, rather I believe that efficacy is not divorced from beauty...'

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Bounce N Break Yo Back

DJ Spinn has been one of the most powerful forces in both footwork circles and the house party scene for the last ten years, known for his extensive knowledge of jazz and his ability to turn records by the likes of Roy Ayers into 160 BPM compositions.

The classifications that attach themselves to juke and footwork are generally based on what kind of party you're going to hear the track at, and while both are forms of dance music—one for the ass, the other for the feet—there has always been a gray area between the two. "Bounce and Break Your Back" is a perfect example. Receiving radio play on both Chicago and Detroit airwaves, it's a definite party starter familiar to those that want to bob, and those that want to bang.

What follows is a stack of 20 YouTube videos that show people dancing to DJ Spinn - Bounce N Break Yo Back:

at the house bouncin!!!!

Lol no comment

me recording my people dancing and acting crazy.

us gettin it in on a bored nite

killin it on yall haters


tashe 2nd video


i was tired but still tried

[WE] AiNt kNO WAt tO dO lOl-*[WE] WAS jUSt jUKiNq ACtiNq dUMb

Bounce and Break Yo Back dance contest at Haitian American Festival. Norwalk, Connecticut.

Just havin fun



ashley getting it


Marri at 4 years old

topfantasy2004's webcam video October 11, 2010, 10:33 AM dancin to bounce &^ break yo Back

i was fckin gettin it raw iz hell i believe imma have sum haterz 4 dis one


Friday, 6 January 2012


Marcel Duchamp: Étant donnés: 1. La chute d'eau, 2. Le gaz d'éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas)

Extract from Bruce Hainley, Pep Talk 5:

PT: That makes me wonder what was your entry, growing up in your family, to art, museums, reading, good books and authors you still love or the beginning of all that? You've talked about Interview magazine before, but...

BH: Interview was crucial, and my parents were members of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For a period of my life, I saw the Étant Donnés as much if not more than any other work of art. Once I discovered it, tucked away in its corner of the museum, I wanted to see it every time I visited the museum... I remember the first time I saw it I literally thought it was the most hilarious thing I'd ever seen. I still think it's got that shocking aspect: very rarely do you see in any kind of art context what is taken to be "pussy" so splayed and displayed. I just could not believe that that was in a museum...

Tuesday, 3 January 2012


Ringing in the new year with a few new records:

Deux - Decadence LP (Minimal Wave), $21.00

Willie Burns - = House (Creme Organization), £7.49

Seaside Houz Boyz – Seaside Houz Trax (Creme Organization), £7.49

Timothy J. Fairplay / Kalidasa - Cleopatra Loves The Acid / Bursting Through (World Unknown), £6.66

Monday, 2 January 2012