Is a mix tape more than a mix tape? Is it a spell woven in sentiment and beats, pop songs well chosen for a perfect line or inference of a desire? Is a DJ a wizard? Are tracks cast to effectively catch dancers in the spell of 12" remix after remix? Writer, Kieron Gillen
, and artist & letterer, Jaime McKelvie
, pondered this kind of stuff and worked up a bit of magic of their own in the comic book series, Phonogram
, which showed us a world where music is power, there's magic in the airwaves, pop genres are religious denominations, and bands serve as ministers of the music to the masses. Who hasn't been caught in such a spell? Being slightly music obsessed, especially with the Brit Pop of the mid 1990s, this series was easily one of my favourite books of 2007! Phonogram
introduced us to David Kohl, a Brit Pop enthusiast ten years on after the scene had imploded, selfishly wielding his magicks on women, haunted by the ghost of his fallen goddess, Brittania, his life a nostalgic stand still, in opposition to the "now" spirit of the pop music he covets. However, when Britannia's place in existance is in danger, David has to fight to save her memory and harness the embodiment of her spirit! It's a little hard to explain, especially in trying to maintain an unspoiled reading experience for those whose curiosity this post might pique!
And hey! now the magic's back in the sequel, Phonogram: The Singles Club
, which is a seven issue series, all telling a piece of "an evening of ecstatic pop songs, magic by proxy of dance and discovering what you do when the music stops". Brit Pop of the 1990s is mainly sitting this one out from what I see in this first issue, but there's still much love of great music and lots of lyric dropping, which always makes me a little giddy because I am fascinated with how song lyrics creep into our conversational speech or at least they do for me!
The entrance fee for this experience is $3.50 an issue, as was the first series, but the sweet treat this time is it's in full colour! The first issue, entitled "Pull Shapes
" is on our fine shelves now! And if that issue's title doesn't conjure up an image of The Pipettes
in your head, let me remedy that now! CLICK HERE
to watch The Pipettes - "Pull Shapes" Official Music Video!
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