OK, dawg, this blawg is usually in swedish, but today we’re switching to the international language of love – the swengrish. That’s english with a swedish attitude for all you foreigners. For a couple of years now there’s been this mysterious figure – who calls himself The Mongonaut – that writes about all the bands and all the stuff that we love here at Our Favourite. Stuff like Brainbombs, J.O. Mallander, Skull Defekts, The Shells, Helen Keller, Niche Homo, Index, The Savoys, Todd Solondz, McCarthy, Can, Irma Thomas, Pheromoans, The Rebel and Pillow Talk (if anybody remembers them). He has also put out a really extraordinary series of mixtapes called ”And always remember, kids, politics is pigshit!”. They’re these kinda well made mixes where fantastic lo-fi-songs float into classic mono- och dialogues from tv shows, documentaries and feature films. And last night we got this e-mail from the dude himself, telling us that he had a new super fresh installment of ”And always remember, kids, politics is pigshit!” ready for release. Right away we decided to get in touch with The Mighty Mongonaut to ask him a few questions about his mission in life.
There’s this rumor that you are from Svalbard and Jan Mayen, is that true?
Nah, man, I lived there for a while, but not anymore. Too cold. Too many ice bears. Too isolated. And also, I don’t eat sushi. I only eat double cheeseburgers and bagels with pastrami. And the only things the swalbardians eat are raw fish and meat from seals and penguins. So I had to leave that place.
Nowadays I’m one of them travelling peoples. In fact, I just got thrown out of France, just because I lived in a caravan. What the fuck! That’s some ass weak shit. A real bummer. There I was minding my own, with my mind on my money, and my money on my mind. Hanging out with David-Ivar, Neman, Pierre, Bastien, The Subtle Turnhips-people and Laurent Bigot from Anteenagers MC, when the fuckin man showed up and told me to pack up my stuff and leave. That I wasn’t wanted in the country anymore. Like I was that travellin salesman in Dylan’s ”Motorpsycho Nightmare”. Just like that! All I got to say is ”Fuck you, Mr. Sarkozy!”
So at the moment I’m hangin’ out in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Checking out all the kewl bands. And the girls in pinstriped shirts, short skirts and pink Converse. So cute. So tough. Just tryin to do my thang. Last night I was over at Kim & Thurston’s place. Nate [Young from Wolf Eyes, ed.] came over and we helped Thurston to alphabetize his noise cassettes. Great fun, man, great fun. Livin’ it up. Large.
So, what can you tell us about your latest creation in the ”And always remember, kids, politics is pigshit-series”?
I don’t know, man, I really don’t know. I think I wanted to capture this feeling I had when I woke up a couple of days ago. You know, I woke up and there were piss stains all over the sheets. On the pillow. Yellow stains all over the bed. Not from me. Of course not. But from this skank I dragged home from this place called ”Odin’s Kebab Bar – Food for Real Vikings”. I tell you man, it was fucking disgusting. That’s the feeling I wanted to catch. The feeling you get when you wake up all wet, smelly, pissed on/off and hangover. Annoyed. You know what I mean, man?
So this one goes out too Roxanne – if that’s her real name – and I choose to call it ”Is it too late to change my mind?” I think this is one of the better tapes I made this last year. A good mix between old and new. And I hope you enjoy it.
So what songs and movie and TV snippets are you giving us this time?
Something new, something old, something borrowed and something blue balled?
Nah, I threw in some great new songs by Sic Alps (in Sweden they have this genre called ”If the prog dudes ever grew balls” and I think that’s where they place The Alps at this really awful hipster record store called Pet Sounds on Södermalm), Tyvek (very wiresque), Deaf Wish (if Captain Beefheart got punched in the throat by a drunk Daniel Higgs), Red Mass (I personally think that ”To All the Good People” – together with ”Kinda Funny” – is one of this year’s best songs, do I need to tell you that I absolutely adore Red Mass) and ”Laser Beams” from Demon’s Claw’s latest LP.
All thrillers, no fillers!
It’s almost as good as that video of James Brown, Michael Jackson and Prince, where Prince has taken too many drugs and really fucks up before he finish his whole performance by falling of the stage. Classic stuff, just classic stuff.
There are also some stone cold classics on the tape, like Lollipop Shoppe’s ”You Must Be a Witch”, Sawdust Caesars’ ”Fuck You” and the absolutely amazing ”Where You Gonna Go?” by the The Unrelated Segments (like the best sixties garage band ever).
I also put some songs for the girls in there. You know stuff like Crystal Stilts and H.U.N.X. Personally I hate that dancey, shitty, girly stuff. But, you know, girls like to dance, and The Mongonaut likes to get pussy. No biggie!
Snippetwise there some dialogue from Lost Highway, some stuff from a documentary about music as a weapon and tool for torture, short interviews with Iggy – where he talks about punk rock, Johnny Rotten and Sigmund Freud – and Jimmy Pursey – talkin’ ‘bout skinheads and anarchy -, some pretentious babble – as always – from Thurston Moore and Barak Obama’s inauguration speech.
In other words, it’ all good.
Any last words for the readers and listeners out there?
Nah, if you don’t like it, you don’t. And if you’re one of them tacky and weak minded persons, then I leave you with the good words of Freestone:
Suck my dick!
Eat my ass!
Lick my balls!
Is it too late to change my mind?
1. That Jackson is my favourite poet
2. Sawdust Caesars: Fuck you!
3. It’s been a pleasure talking to you
4. Sic Alps: The First Man to Touch Californian Soil
5. We wanna have a good time
6. The Unrelated Segments: Where you gonna go
7. It’s a term based in satanism
8. Red Mass: To All the Good People
9. We wanna show you what anarchy really is about
10. H.U.N.X.: Loco-Motion
11. Music is the best form of manipulation
12. Freestone: Bummer Bitch
13. Obama can’t stand This Heat
14. Jimmy Curtiss: Psychedelic Situation
15. Christina Aguilera music was played
16. Tyvek: 4312
17. They better learn to sell pussy in Island
18. Deaf Wish: Man/Manbeast
19. One good thing about music when it hits you, you feel no pain
20. The Lollipop Shope: You Must Be a Witch
21. We don’t deconstruct as a rule
22. Crystal Stilts: Shake the Shackles
23. President John McCain
24. Demon’s Claws: Laser Beams
25. I wanna see Black Flag
26. Question Mark & The Mysterians: Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby