The Guardian newspaper's Readers recommend is a simple game played each week. They ask us to nominate our favourite songs on a certain topic. Someone pores through the song suggestions, and curates a playlist featuring an idiosyncratic selection and derives an interesting article from the choices - this was mine:
Here's a story from RANTaGHOST, made up using the titles or lines from each song picked for this week's playlist:
The RR screen fades to 24 carat black - the credits roll, there is no hero to be seen - as if an existential French movie was being superimposed with classical film noir. Pardon me brother, as you stand in your glory, I know you won't mind if I tell the whole story…
It began: Black, like the planet that they fear. Black, like the slave ship that later brought us here … society, filled with propaganda, why do we meander? I heard the projectionist lace up the reel. Then observed the shadowy man deliver the box of chocolates. In my dream I blended the confectionary selections, each of which produced a different tone …. "You have got to be the man, can't just be in the back row, you have got to steal the show" I heard the usher scream.
My mind span into the darker vortex …The deeper you go the funkier it gets, I thought. That's amour - amour - what is amore? Mumbo jumbo, I thought. Black mambo take me and slide, black mambo rip me inside. I thought.
1 24 Carat Black - 24 Carat Black Theme
2 Curtis Mayfield - We the People Who Are Darker than Blue
3 Black Star - Astronomy
4 Jungle Brothers - Black is Black
5 The Adicts - Black Sheep
6 Barry Adamson - Black Amour
7 PIG - Black Mambo
The interval was tense. The light too bright. I wanted the dark depths back. I could see in your black eyes, I hoped you were hiding, in your black eyes you were hiding. The lights dimmed, the screen glowed, I was transported back to the black sand and I wondered where you were now. Was this a portal to reach missing-in-action musicians or just a date at midnight with Nosferatu? I realise somebody’s gonna get hurt, I hope it’s not me … but I suspect it’s going to have to be.
We knew it had been a rush job, the FBI arrived forewarned. The film canisters were labeled and numbered and we were informed they would be used as evidence against us .. in a brief fleeting moment of confusion, we realised this could be our chance - the fuses blew on the neon lights illuminating the picture house, while a cloud covered the shinny dime of the moon….. "Off Panther" we shouted - a code for us all to Bolt.
8 Snowden - Black Eyes
9 Bark Psychosis - Black Meat
10 Type O Negative - Black No.1
11 Mountain Goats & Kaki King - Black Pear Tree
12 Kirk Degiorgio's Offworld - Black Magic
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