On my radar: the cultural highlights of Lias Saoudi | Culture

Lias Saoudi is the frontman of the rock bands Fat White Family and Moonlandingz. Born to an Algerian father and British mother, he grew up in Scotland and Northern Ireland before moving to London to study at the Slade School of Fine Art. Since forming in 2011, Fat White Family have released three acclaimed post-albums. unhealthy punk and are known for their provocative live performances. Together with author Adelle Stripe, Saoudi wrote Ten Thousand Excuses: Fat White Family and the Miracle of Failurea biography of the band released earlier this year by Orion.

1. Art

The Absolute Mixture: Shit Art Positive by Matthew Bown

This is a compendium that is the world’s first comprehensive book study on scatology in art. It begins in the medieval period, but focuses mainly on the 20th century and the theory of disgust. There’s an incredible amount of stuff in there: Paul McCarthy, Duchamp, GG Allin, of which I’m an admirer. Anish Kapoor also makes an appearance. I find it irresistibly heroic, in a sense, the idea of ​​someone setting this task on himself and going so deep. Depending on what kind of guests you have around for tea or whatever, it’s the last seat on the coffee table – the ultimate conversation starter.

2. Poetry

We at Zaffar Kunial

The British poet Zaffar Kunial.
The British poet Zaffar Kunial. Photograph: GL Portrait / Alamy

It is an exquisite little collection of poems. It’s really close to the bone – about the kind of experience where you’re half northern worker and half Muslim immigrant and the inevitable disconnections – things don’t come close at all, in a way. There is a poem called The Word, about the way his father speaks. There is a strange sympathy: you are dealing with an alien, and you are partly alien, and everything is inconclusive. I don’t think I’ve read anyone who can cut it open and dissect it so well. It is incredibly painful, a lot, but there is ecstasy, as it is pure catharsis.

Welcome to the Collectors Edition.

We all collect things.

Often without noticing.

Open a drawer. Rummage in the pockets of your coat.

How did that get in there?

Other collections are more conscious: books, records, trainers, T-shirts, “likes”…

What’s that all about?

I have written a book called Good Pop, Bad Pop, which is based around the objects I found in the loft of a house I used to live in. Objects I collected over the course of a lifetime & then left to gather dust in the dark. Why? Am I a hoarder? Or did I think I was laying things away “for a rainy day”?

What does the collecting impulse say about us humans?

I decided to devote my guest-edit of the Observer’s New Review to investigating this question. Author Olivia Laing met me at the London Library & helped me collect my thoughts on this & a number of other subjects. There’s an article called “The collectors”, which explores different aspects of collecting through interviews with Peter Blake, artist Andy Holden, quilt-maker Loretta Pettway Bennett, digital archivist (& activist) Stephen Ellcock & others. Artist Jeremy Deller meets Jonny Banger, founder of Sports Banger: a rave/fashion/food bank/political activism collective whose latest clothing collection bears the label “The People Deserve Beauty”. Gallerist Sadie Coles sheds light on the motivations of art collectors in our Q&A. Plus there’s Lias Saoudi (of Fat White Family) sharing his cultural highlights in “On my radar”. A collection of domestic objects rendered in papier-mâche in “The grid”. And a birthday shout-out (in cartoon form) to the one & only David Attenborough.

I want to thank Jane Ferguson & her team at the Observer for giving me this opportunity & putting everything together so it all makes sense. Julian House designed Good Pop, Bad Pop & also brought his unique graphic sensibility to bear on this edition of the New Review. Mog Yoshihara & Kelly Kiley at Rough Trade Management set up my Zoom conversations with contributors. Jeannette Lee and Kim Sion had excellent suggestions. Raina Lampkins-Fielder introduced me to the work of the Gee’s Bend quilt-makers. Chrissy Blake hosted my interview with Peter Blake. Javi Aznarez drew a wonderful cartoon. Thank you all for your help.

Happy Sunday.

Love, Jarvis x

PS: there’s a playlist of music referred to in Good Pop, Bad Pop – you can get a sneak peek here.

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Drive fast

Jarvis Cocker’s editor’s letter for his Collectors Edition of Observer New Review

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Welcome to the collector’s edition.

We all collect things.

Often without realizing it.

Open a drawer. Rummage in the pockets of your coat.

How did it get there?

Other collections are more aware: books, records, sneakers, T-shirts, “I like” …

What is it about?

I wrote a book called Good Pop, Bad Pop, which is based on objects I found in the loft of a house I lived in. Items that I have collected over the course of a lifetime and then left to gather dust in the dark. How come? Am I an accumulator? Or was I thinking of putting things away “for a rainy day”?

What does the collecting impulse say about us humans?

I decided to dedicate my guest-edit of of the observer New review to investigate this question. Author Olivia Laing met me at the London Library and helped me gather my thoughts on this and a number of other topics. There is an article titled “Collectors” which explores different aspects of collecting through interviews with Peter Blake, artist Andy Holden, quilt maker Loretta Pettway Bennett, digital archivist (and activist) Stephen Ellcock and others. Artist Jeremy Deller meets Jonny Banger, founder of Sports Banger: a rave / fashion / food bank / political activism collective whose latest clothing collection carries the label “The People Deserve Beauty”. Gallery owner Sadie Coles sheds light on the motives of art collectors in our questions and answers. Plus there’s Lias Saoudi (of Fat White Family) sharing her cultural moments on “On my radar”. A collection of domestic objects rendered in papier-mâché in “The Grid”. And a birthday wish (in cartoon form) to the one and only David Attenborough.

I want to thank Jane Ferguson and her team at Observer for giving me this opportunity and for putting it all together so that it all makes sense. Julian House designed Good Pop, Bad Pop and he has also brought his unique graphic sensibility to this edition of the New review. Mog Yoshihara and Kelly Kiley of Rough Trade Management organized my Zoom conversations with contributors. Jeannette Lee and Kim Sion made great suggestions. Raina Lampkins-Fielder introduced me to the work of quilt makers Gee’s Bend. Chrissy Blake hosted my interview with Peter Blake. Javi Aznarez drew a wonderful cartoon. Thanks everyone for your help.

Have a nice Sunday.

With love, Jarvis x

PS: there is a music playlist referenced Good Pop, Bad Pop – you can take a peek here.

Thanks for your feedback.

3. Concert

Sarah Davachi to Church of Saint-Eustache, Paris

Sarah Davachi.
Sarah Davachi. Director of photography: Dicky Bahto

I went to this concert last October. It was the most incredible setting: a church with the largest church organ in France. Sarah Davachi plays incredibly sparse ambient stuff, all drones layered with electronic and acoustic elements, but really minimalist, subtle. Sonically, for me, it’s a bit like returning to the womb. I kept my eyes closed the whole time and fell into a kind of trance. I remember having a vision where I was going out with my Algerian grandmother, but she was a little girl and she was showing me the mountains of Kabylia. It was a real journey.

Rob Doyle book cover

4. Reserve

Rob Doyle’s autobibliography

Basically it’s her reading story: she chooses 52 books – Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Svetlana Alexievich’s The non-female face of war – and goes through his personal relationship with each of them. They are all very fragmented, but as he progresses she begins to descend into more obscure and autobiographical sketches. So what starts out as a kind of stereotypical rereading ends up getting quite shocking, exposing snippets of borderline self-exhibition and self-tearing. But it also pretty much serves as an incredibly useful guide to what you might read next.

5. Movie

Discussions (Dir Mick Jackson, 1984)

Karen Meagher in Discussions.
Karen Meagher in Discussions. Photograph: BBC

I thought now would be a great time for everyone to review Wires, Sheffield-based Armageddon, now that the Cold War is back in fashion. It’s a weird time for suddenly being a prospect again, as if things weren’t bad enough. The fact that it’s set in Sheffield somehow really adds to the pain. I associate that accent with my mother, so there’s an inherent innocence in all of the characters that makes it absolutely visceral. I think if it were more synthetic and Hollywood, it wouldn’t evoke the same terror, but because the ’80s production is a bit shoddy, it feels more believable.

6. Album

Purple Mountains of Purple Mountains

I’m in a kind of musical bind at the moment: I’m listening to ambient or Bob Dylan. But I thought about choosing David Berman’s latest album, Silver Jewish, released in 2019. It’s probably the biggest suicide note in music history: listening to the lyrics, the conclusion you draw is inevitable, which means you have to having had it in mind, that he was about to leave. It has to be one of the bravest and most daring records he’s heard in years – it’s the brutal honesty combined with the sour spirit of lyricism that does it for me. I can’t stop listening to him.