Seek A Sound So Rare originally appeared on The Kidnapping Of Akira The Don By Joey2tits. It’s working title was Beck, because Joseph (AKA Joey2tits) thought the beat he’d made with Jim (AKA Evil James Harrison I, fellow Ysgol Friars alumni) sounded a bit Beck-ish. Which was timely, as I’d been spending a fair amount of time pondering my whole racism-against-scientologists issue.
I wrote the song very quickly – much of it had come to me whilst cycling, as was the way with a lot of the Kidnapping material. I’d cycle along the edge of the canal between Hackney Wick and Walthamstow with no hands with instrumentals in my ears, freestyling out loud and furiously typing the best bits into my Blackberry (RIP).
I’d been wanting to put the line A Flight Of Stairs Falling Down a Flight Of Stairs into a song ever since I read it in Simon Williams’ review of an early Idelwild gig in the NME a decade earlier, and here, finally, was a beat that really did sound like a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs. Clatter! Crash! Pow! Naturally, the stairs thing got me thinking about pushing my little brother down the stairs when I was 2, which lead me to those those beautiful mullets my Dad gave us (and his hilarious Boy Named Sue excuse). It all felt very right, anyway. I do not know why these things happen the way they do, but if knew all the mysteries of the universe I’d be an Oracle of some sort, and I wouldn’t have time to write pop songs, so we can all consider ourselves most fortunate.
The video, just like the song, was made by me, Joey and Jim. I ran about in my shiny purple tracksuit and my beloved Pedo Bear Pope T-Shirt, and Joey and Jim filmed me running around Hackney Wick, and shouted at me to run faster, and that sort of thing. At one point I was cycling around Victoria Park with Joey and his camera strapped to my back like some vast giggling Kola Bear, and we Did Not Crash, and neither did we Die in a Ball of Flames, and that is because we are motherfucking ProFessionAlls.
Joey did the awesome (and in some places rather creepy) animations, and Jim edited the video, which was the first time he ever did such a thing in his life, and I am very bloody impressed with the lad.
Annoyingly, I don’t have a picture of us all from the shoot, so here’s one of me and Joey on a swing.
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