I’m still trying to figure out if these short sets from Bumbershoot were KEXP-only shows (in which the band plays a brief set and then they play the actual show later), but I believe so. Anyhow, the band sounds great, singer Dave Wakeling is a great frontman, telling amusing stories about the songs and generally charming everyone (his singing voice still sounds great, too).
Wakeling has a nice little diatribe about Target. It begins with him saying how he never was asked to be in a commercial before Target asked him for “Tenderness.” And now it’s everywhere. But he’s upset that Target supported the anti-gay candidate in Minnesota. He promises that if he ever gets the money from the ads, it will go to support the candidate’s opponent. He also says that “Mirror in the Bathroom” was not about cocaine–they couldn’t afford it bcak then.
I’m not really sure who is in the band on this tour. Ranking Roger is apparently running another English Beat band in the U.K. Sigh. But regardless, this was like a wonderful flashback to the long lost art of ska. The set is a collection of highlights from their 80s career. I mean look at all the great songs they wrote: “I’ll Take You There,” “I Confess,” “Save It for Later,” “Never You Done That,” “Tenderness,” and “Mirror in the Bathroom.”
Listen for yourself here.
[READ: November 27, 2012] Echo #27-30
The problem with a comic book that comes out every six weeks (especially if you stopped going to the comic books store) is that it’s easily forgotten, no matter how much you like it (my rave of issues 25 and 26 leave me stunned that it has been almost two years since I last read the story). But I recently went to my local shoppe and scored these last few issues (#30 even signed by Terry himself). And I immediately got back into the story.
So as #27 picks up, we see that the climax is almost at hand. Ivy, the hardened agent is growing younger and younger and is forgetting more. Meanwhile, Julie is almost completely covered by the alloy and is now a giant. And Annie is surfacing more and more in Julie (Annie is in the alloy’s DNA) which means Dillon is allowed a degree of closeness and closure.
#28 was awesome because it tied this universe back to the Strangers in Paradise world even more. They are still using Tambi, the bodyguard, (from SiP) who worked for Darcy. In this issue she interrogates another member of Darcy’s team (with the telltale tattoo). By the end of the book Ivy is a mere child (the fact that Moore can draw this–keeping her Ivy and yet now looking like a little kid with such few lines is amazing).
#29 gets us to Alaska with just a few hours to go before the employment of Allow 618 and the assured destruction of the world. Julie is now massive (she can barely fit in the back of the car). What I love about Terry’s stories is that we have imminent disaster but we get a whole page devoted to Julie’s claustrophobia and the climbing of a super long ladder. This book also features another wonderful surprise when Tambi tracks down Casey from SiP to spend the last day on earth together (no sign of Katchoo and Francine though).
The final book is indeed the climax. It is fast action (and a little confusing), but suffice it to say that there is a giant explosion and a lot of damage. But Terry would never destroy the world (I don’t think), and the denouement is really quite nice (although I totally didn’t remember what was in the bag that Ivy gave Julie).
This series was really wonderful. Incredibly exciting going right down to the wire. And the scientific information in the book is either complete gibberish or it is well researched. Either way, it gives an awesome grounding in reality, no matter how over the top it may seem.
Terry’s creativity just grows and grows. Which you can see in his current book, Rachel Rising.
Thanks for writing this wonderful series, Terry.