Here's a couple of quotes that tickled me of late. First, Paul Morley in last Sunday's OBSERVER MUSIC MONTHLY on the Iggy-advertising-car insurance story that seems to be getting so many people's knickers in a twist (not mine - Jimbo has been singing about selling out since 1977, and cars for at least as long - and seeing him mugging it up between the ad-breaks of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA hasn't grown old for me yet):
"Maybe I can cash the cheque, chew the camera, oil the torso, alarm the purists and wave bye-bye to the decaying concerns of the 20th century with as much self-mocking relish as Iggy Pop now that he has become a godforsaken insurance man. There are those of us who always thought that delightful smile of his was meant to inspire a certain immortal sort of twisted immoral craziness, and we never thought we'd live long enough to discover that the smile in fact represents a practical acceptance of mortality. It represents dented dignity more than credit-crunched integrity. Maybe the more psychedelically astute among us, upon hearing the first two Stooges albums for the first time, anticipated that the only way Iggy would live to see his 60s would be if he ended up organising a pension scheme that involved becoming the cheerleading spokesman for an online insurance company. This would make you Phil K Dick or JG Ballard."
And from Paul Gravett's rather sweet Heroes Of UK Comics piece, it's Brendan McCarthy on his upcoming SPIDER-MAN & DR STRANGE: FEVER comic:
"I can never hope to match the astonishing beauty and oddness of Ditko's visual style, but to pay homage and have a lot of fun was the basic idea! I'm a bit bored with the 'hard edged' vibe prevalent in the industry, so I prefer to create a comic that owes more to The Wizard of Oz, Yellow Submarine and The Mighty Boosh, a comic that's a bit different."Funny to hear Reverso namecheck the Boosh, because I always reckoned the first question I'd ask Noel Fielding if I ever bumped into him would be "so, just how much did you want to be Brendan McCarthy as a kid anyway?"