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    I have the feeling that this was actually inspired by that Vice story:

    hairless cats prowl the streets
    snails desert their shells
    black shoots pierce the concrete
    death from below!

    swarm under, death!

    you will trip up one day
    and fall into the underworld
    stalagtites and stalagmites
    glistening like gristle

    you will trip up one day
    on your untied laces
    and the souls of the damned
    will yodel in triumph

    the souls of the damned
    will pause in their rotation
    and sing like schoolchildren
    from their microwave ovens

    the facts are compelling
    they yodel in unison
    the souls of schoolchildren
    are 90% gristle

    in the fatal urinal
    where you trail your laces
    they sing out from the plugholes
    in minatory gurgles

    join us! join us!

    you will stumble one day
    and then we will have you
    straight down the piss-chutes
    and into the ovens

    black vines grasp your ankles
    snails schlupp up your trouser-leg
    waving their tentacles
    sniffing for gristle

    down with the stalagtites
    up with the stalagmites
    in the ghastly quarter-light
    of the eternal Reich

    the facts are compelling
    they swill down the plughole
    the souls of the damned
    are ineffably lovable

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    One of the funny things about Nick Land is how sometimes he's pastiching a kind of lurid French Symbolist Gothic, werewolves, vampires, oozing pus, grinning death and sometimes it's neuromancer.

    Fluctuating between one century and another.

    Not that that's got anything to do with Kate Tempest.

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    I'm oddly proud of it. It's puerile and dashed-off, but it has a bit of vim about it. My inner teenager having a laugh.

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    You have to make it into a song at once

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    I demand this in musical form

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    Seconded. I volunteer to produce an instrumental track to go with it.
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    Gonna break out the Spitfire Labs scary strings and try Scott Walkering it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poetix View Post
    Gonna break out the Spitfire Labs scary strings and try Scott Walkering it up.
    You must.

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    Say some clever stuff on that revolution thread for me I have to go to work. Do your brainiac thing.

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    Relevant: not sewers per se, but Exeter has a system of underground passages dating from the middle ages, dug to supply fresh water to the city, which I think are unique in this country. You can go on a tour of them, which I did with some work colleagues a couple of years ago. Really atmospheric but not an experience for those inclined to claustrophobia! At one point the tour guide (after asking us if it was OK) turned off the lights in the section we were in. It's not often you ever experience absolute and total darkness, the sort that starts to lead to closed-eye hallucinations almost straight away - the old 'prisoner's cinema' experienced by those put in total darkness as an extra punishment.

    It was quite weird seeing ferns growing that far underground, at least in areas where there are lights installed.

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