Momus (musician)

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Momus
Born
Nicholas Currie

(1960-02-11) 11 February 1960 (age 58)
Paisley, Scotland
Residence Berlin, Germany
Other namesMomus
Occupation
  • Songwriter
  • author
  • journalist
Years active1985–present
Musical career
Genres
Labels
Website imomus.com

Nicholas "Nick" Currie (born 11 February 1960), more popularly known under the artist name Momus (after the Greek god of mockery), is a Scottish songwriter, author, blogger, and former journalist for Wired .

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For over thirty years he has been releasing albums on labels in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Japan. In his lyrics and his other writing he makes seemingly random use of decontextualized pieces of continental (mostly French) philosophy, and has built up a personal world he says is "dominated by values like diversity, orientalism, and a respect for otherness." [1]

Career

Musical

His album Don't Stop The Night included the single "The Hairstyle of the Devil" which peaked at No. 94 in the UK Singles Charts in May 1989, and was a local hit, coming in at #32 on a year-end list, at San Francisco's KITS Live 105 radio station. [2]

As author and other activities

Momus said in 1991 that "In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen people", which has evolved into a meme, "On the web, everyone will be famous to fifteen people". [3] The quip parodies Andy Warhol's famous prediction that, "In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes".

The Fotolog.Book with texts by Momus on photoblogging was published in April 2006 by British publishers Thames & Hudson.

Momus has published several books. The Book of Jokes and The Book of Scotlands have received positive reviews in the LA Times and the Guardian. The Book of Scotlands (Sternberg Press) was shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Council's First Book prize. He published The Book of Japans in 2011, also on Sternberg Press, and UnAmerica in 2014 (Penny-Ante Editions).

Personal life

In the last two decades, Momus has lived in London, Paris, Tokyo, New York and Berlin. He made Osaka his home from 2010 to 2018, and currently resides in Berlin. He is an atheist. [4]

In December 1997, he contracted acanthamoeba keratitis in his right eye due to a contact lens mishap sustained whilst on holiday in Greece, causing loss of vision on that side. [5] [6] Although his sight subsequently improved following surgery, [7] he has suffered lingering effects from the infection since, causing him to often be photographed in an eyepatch, very dark glasses, or squinting.

His cousin is musician Justin Currie, the lead singer and songwriter of Del Amitri.

Discography

Studio albums

Album nameRelease year
Circus Maximus 1986
The Poison Boyfriend 1987
Tender Pervert 1988
Don’t Stop The Night1989
Hippopotamomus 1991
The Ultraconformist (Live Whilst Out of Fashion)1992
Voyager
Timelord1993
Slender Sherbert1995
The Philosophy of Momus
Ping Pong 1997
The Little Red Songbook 1998
Stars Forever 1999
Folktronic 2001
Oskar Tennis Champion 2003
Summerisle, a collaboration with Anne Laplantine2004
Otto Spooky 2005
Ocky Milk2006
Joemus, a collaboration with Joe Howe2008
Hypnoprism2010
Thunderclown, a collaboration with John Henriksson2011
Bibliotek 2012
In Samoa2012
Sunbutler, a collaboration with Joe Howe2012
MOMUSMCCLYMONT, a collaboration with David McClymont2013
Bambi 2013
MOMUSMCCLYMONT II", a collaboration with David McClymont2014
Turpsycore 2015
Glyptothek 2015
Scobberlotchers 2016
Pillycock2017
Pantaloon2018

Compilations

Album nameRelease year
Monsters of Love1990
Learning to Be Human1994
Twenty Vodka Jellies 1996
Forbidden Software Timemachine2003
Pubic Intellectual: An Anthology 1986-2016 (3 CD Box set)2016

Singles and EPs

Album nameRelease year
The Beast With 3 Backs1985
Murderers, The Hope of Women1986
Nicky1986
The Hairstyle of the Devil UK #941989
Spacewalk1992
The Sadness of Things1995
The Thunderclown2011

References

  1. "Pubic Intellectual - An Anthology". Rough Trade . Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  2. http://www.rocklists.com/kits-1989.html
  3. Momus (1991). "POP STARS? NEIN DANKE! In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen people..." Grimsby Fishmarket. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  4. Thompson, Stephen (6 September 2000). "Is there a God?". The A.V. Club . Retrieved 2009-09-04.
  5. Gerry Visco (13 October 2007). "Momus Revisited". New York Press. Archived from the original on 22 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  6. Momus (April 1998). "Story of an Eye" . Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  7. http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Momus.aspx
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