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In the Mood For… Artists as Consumers

And now for something completely different. Yesterday I talked about the evils of capitalism and consumerism. Today, I want to share a fantastic feature that NME did back in the 80’s called, “Portrait of the Artist as a Consumer.”

Some really legit people contributed the short-lived feature. The idea behind “Portrait of the Artist as a Consumer” was just to get straight lists of what kind of shit (books, comedians, mottos, music, whatever) the person was into at the time. It really humanizes musicians that a lot of people over-admire to the point of idoaltry. Like, “Oh you’re an obsessive Morrissey fan? Well Morrissey is an obsessive ________ fan.”

In addition to good things, folks like Nick Cave had a “deathlist” and Lydia Lunch shared her “hates.” What I love about the whole set up is that, okay, no, you’re not going to get some detailed, profound thought. But I think people’s consumption habits say a lot about them. And this is a quick, no-bullshit way to instantly share content. When it’s from someone I respect, well that’s fun and interesting, and it makes me want to google things from the lists that I don’t know about. Hoards of cool stuff for later, you know?

In the spirit of fun and consumerism, I even wrote a “Portrait of La Lengua as a Consumer” about myself. Enjoy:

Books: (currently reading or recently purchased)
I Remember More
Stone Butch Blues
We Got Power
Fuck You: A Magazine of Arts
The New Fuck You
House of Leaves

Musix: (right now)
Savages
Dinosaur L
No Bone
Burmese
The Outcasts
Wanda Jackson
Minor Threat

Bars:
El Rio (SF)
Bender’s (SF)
3300 Club (SF)
Knockout (SF)
Blackbird (Alburquerque)
Matador (Santa Fe)
American Bar (Gallup)

Beverages:
Coffee
Whiskey
Diet Coke
Coffee
Vodka
Coffee
Coffee

Wear:
Black chelsea boots
Fringe
Liquid eyeliner
Nooworks dresses
DIY jackets
Black tights (AD/ED.)

Other:
Picnics
Rez dogs
All dogs

Deathlist:
Disneyland
Tom Waits
Stuff about babies and kids
Cultural appropriation of Navajo designs
That annoying Mumford and stuff band
Most of TX
Douchebags
Homophobes

The moral of the story? Consume, I guess. But in doing so support underground artists, weird old films, independent record stores, and small local businesses. Not Target or Walmart or malls and department stores.

4 comments on “In the Mood For… Artists as Consumers

  1. TommyTopHat
    February 22, 2013

    House of Leaves! 😀 Fantastic book! I once tried to read the author’s other book, Only Revolutions, but failed miserably. Someday I shall succeed, however!

    This list idea seems really groovy. I’d love to know what my favourite artists buy. I’d say I’d probably be surprised. A lot of stuff I’m into pretty much contradicts my personality completely. Somehow, I love Throbbing Gristle despite being the innocent out of my friends. And then there’s my obsession with childrens’ cartoons…

    Books: Haven’t had the chance to read much because of exams, but I read a few Richard Brautigan stories when I can. Also I was given some weird Japanese novel as a present recently.
    Music (currently): Klaus Nomi, TG, The Residents, Aurelio Voltaire, Emilie Autumn, NIN, Aphex Twin, Skinny Puppy, Diamanda Galas.
    Bars: Only ever been to one in my life so far. My friends insisted on bringing me to one after I turned 18.
    Beverages: Lemonade, Koppaberg, hot chocolate.
    Wear: Top hat, poet shirt (black), and these two really pretty dresses I got recently (the first I ever got to purchase and try on in a changing room, actually- they feel so good).
    Other: Edward Gorey (it’s his birthday today), comics and animation, fingernails, eyeballs in top hats, cyberpunk, minimalism, Serial Experiments Lain.
    Death List: People who are ignorant about gender, my horrible all-boys’ school, dogs (they terrify me), cheese.

    • ribbonaroundabomb
      February 22, 2013

      Ugh why are you so wonderful?? You should not be at a restrictive “all boys school” but be in San Francisco- the most genderqueer-friendly city in the world!

      +1 Residents, Galas, Gorey, nails and minimalism!

      Children’s cartoons, eh? Have you ever watched Adventure Time? It’s pretty much fantastic!

      • TommyTopHat
        February 22, 2013

        Thank you for your kindness. 😀 I really wish I could visit San Francisco someday. From what I have heard, it sounds amazing. At the moment I’m stuck in a small town in Ireland though, which isn’t a great place to be if you’re genderqueer. Still, when I came out to my friends they were all extremely supportive and okay with it. 😀 Thankfully, I only have a few months of school left, and then it’ll all be over.

        A good many people seem to adore Adventure Time, so I really need to start watching it. The art looks brilliant…

  2. SiouxsieSuitcase
    March 23, 2014

    Ugh, looking back at my comments I’m embarrassed at some of the stuff I used to be into just a year ago. 😛 I’m glad I got out of my top hats and NIN phase.

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