PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: PAUL GARNER


Paul GarnerTELEVISION

I love Jeremy Brett as Sherlock as well having a soft spot for Richard Griffiths in Pie in the Sky. Growing up it was Not the Nine O’Clock News and Tiswas and Murphys Mob.

I have a realistic recollection of The Tube – most of it was pants with the occasional flash of fantastic-ness very much the same as The Whistle Test, Rock Goes to College, The Word etc.

BOOKS

I have a predilection towards detective and noir in general since reading the “Alfred Hitchcock’s Three Investigators” series by Robert Arthur Jr as a 10 year old kid from the north east of England attending an American school in Togo, West Africa. I read Block, Hiaasen, Doyle and Chandler.

I do enjoy Poe, Jules Verne and HP Lovecraft and I could bang on about Jean Paul Sartre however as with music I am a big fan of escapism and irrelevance.  I read a lot of Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.

Music writing is a bit hit and miss however, Julian Copes’ book Head On is excellent as is a book called Our Band Could be Your Life by Michael Azerrad. Lester Bangs writes about the best bands but mainly about himself sadly.

FILMS

Withnail and I, Big Lebowski, Mullholland Drive, The Black Dahlia, Grosse Point Blank, Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush, Return of the Living Dead.

MUSIC

My first musical memory is Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep by Middle of the road and it still echoes today. After that my main memory as a child was Blondie and the specials!

I was brought up musically by some excellent people – mainly whilst loitering / helping out in my local second hand record emporium “The Other Record Shop”.

There is a fantastic Mini LP by The Unholy Trinity called “Rise to the occasion” made by half of the Sid Presley Experience (the other half formed The Godfathers) which I stumbled across aged 15 and still listen to today.

At school during the 80’s I found The Cramps, Rain Parade, Husker Du, Minutemen, Sonic Youth, Minor Threat, Robyn Hitchcock, The Jesus and Mary Chain, American Music Club, Thin White Rope, Loop and Spacemen 3 which I still listen to today and as fantastic as Bob Mould is I urge people to check out Grant Hart’s solo and Nova Mob stuff!

I love the “classics” the Velvets, Stooges, Can, Hawkwind, Dolls, Creedance, Elevators, Television, Clash, Wire, Yardbirds, Buzzcocks, Pop Group, Throbbing Gristle , Traffic

I managed to talk my way backstage aged 15 to interview Primal Scream and Pop Will Eat Itself for a fanzine I’d made up on the spot….

Thee Strawberry Mynde was born from a desire to try and get people into Billy Childish, Graham Day, The Fuzztones, Sonics, Elevators and the bands from the Pebbles Comps.

We have some world beaters in our area at the moment check out – Onlooker, Heel Turn, King Mojo, Fret, Mouses, Sleaze Queens, Milk Lizards, MT. Misery, GG Allen Partridge, Shakin Nightmares to name just a few

TRAVEL: Broadens the mind, lightens the wallet do it as often as you can!

FOOD: I have an intolerance to garlic!

DRINK: Love a good Single Malt, Rum or an ale.

ART: Big fan of Narbi Price and Slutmouth – Check them out great North East Based Talent.

OTHER: If you have friends who write, draw, paint, sculpt, strum, blow, sing, bang or drone give them a like and share their posts – it helps more than you can imagine x.

BIO:  Founder and main songwriter for Thee Strawberry Mynde a garage punk band from the North East of England – check out our Bandcamp page for releases – https://theestrawberrymynde.bandcamp.com/. Many. many side projects on the go once I get round to them …

 

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