I don’t really have to babble on about missing London these days. London knows how much I miss it! As do New York, D.C., NC, LA, SF and the folks in those places. I am very happy that London has decided to send its (unofficial) mayor and one of its finest advocates and citizens out here to Portland, Oregon, to check up on me. That’s right, folks. We are lucky to be able to announce this event for the PDX pop kids…
chickfactor is super-excited to present…
a POP QUIZ HOSTED BY BOB STANLEY from London pop group SAINT ETIENNE
and a screening of FINISTERRE, the gorgeous film about the delovely city of London made by Paul Kelly and Kieran Evans
Watch the Finisterre trailer
About Finisterre (from the Plexi website)…
London has always been a source of influence, inspiration and curiosity. Paul Kelly and Kieran Evans’ FINISTERRE tries to identify the dreams that London holds for so many, and the reality of the city — the spaces between the landmarks, the spaces Londoners inhabit.
Presented and scored by Saint Etienne, the film takes us on a journey from the suburbs into the heart of the city over an imaginary 24 hours. Along the way we hear from characters that have influenced or been a part of the Saint Etienne story. FINISTERRE features the observations and reminiscences of Lawrence from Felt/Denim, Mark Perry, the editor of original punk fanzine Sniffin’ Glue, as well as Vic Godard from Subway Sect and artist Julian Opie, folk singer Vashti Bunyan, London-centric author Shena Mackay, and Nick Sanderson from Earl Brutus. Through the interviews and imagery we see London from an insider’s perspective. The result is a hymn to London, and an extraordinary record of the city today.
“Enraptured by the possibilities the city offers for creating exhilarating forms of social and cultural life… FINISTERRE should serve as an inspiration to London Lovers everywhere.”
-Sight & Sound
“Beauty, pathos, magic — FINISTERRE, like the city it chronicles so lovingly, has it all.”
**** [four stars] “A feature-length love letter to a pop-art metropolis. The camera’s unequivocally seduced by the dazzle and the drizzle of the wonderland.”
One of the most important groups to emerge from Britain in the early 1990s, Saint Etienne first turned the music scene back to the pop aesthetic of the ’60s, combining it with danceable club beats. In 1990, they released their debut single, a cover of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”, which became a massive club hit, priming fans for the 1992 debut album, “Fox Base Alpha”. The album was a hit and several other singles followed. They have subsequently gone on to release over ten albums. Their latest, “Tales from Turnpike House”, was recently released in the UK by Sanctuary Records.
There will be some kinda prize(s) for pop know-it-alls, to be sure. It’s all happening at Beulahland on Thursday, October 6 at 7pm!