Category Archives: Recollections

The Trauma Of Losing Your Luggage

Sarah's missing luggage, not shown.

Sarah’s missing luggage, not shown.

Five years ago Sarah lost her luggage on a trip to Vegas.

It was very traumatic for her at the time and it still burns even to this day.

She wrote about this feeling in a new essay for Racked.

To read it go here.

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David Bowie & Doctor Who: Proof That The Thin White Duke Is A Time Lord

David Bowie and David Tennant

David Bowie and David Tennant

David Bowie likes to flash back into relevance once a decade. Like a passing TARDIS, he enters deep space to cobble together fresh art before swinging by earth once again, delivering shiny new singles.

“Where Are We Now,” the singer’s first release in 10 years is quite a curious tune. It represents a softer phase for a man who has put down the saxophones and the sex, and begun looking back.

Which is odd because there is no past for David Bowie. That is because he lives forever… or at least until his alien organs give out. You see, the Thin White Duke is a Time Lord.

What’s a Time Lord you ask? Well, it’s a humanoid creature from the planet Gallifrey made popular on the BBC show Doctor Who. We’re pretty sure Bowie has been trying to tell us this for about four decades now, so we went ahead and put together some striking evidence. There’s also some SPOILERS below, so if you haven’t seen the most recent season, don’t read this.

Let’s Dematerialize!

The Sound of Time Travel

“Then the loud sound did seem to fade/Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase/That weren’t no DJ, that was hazy cosmic jive,” Bowie sings on 1972’s “Starman,” pretty much describing the very whooshing noise of the TARDIS.

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“This ain’t rock ‘n’ roll. This is genocide!”

The Doctor hates nothing more than when an entire race of aliens are blown to smithereens or killed by superior beings. He wouldn’t even wish total annihilation on his mortal enemies, the Daleks. Bowie’s intro to Diamond Dogs called “Future Legend” speaks of a distant dystopia, filled with “fleas the size of rats [sucking] on rats the size of cats.” He didn’t make it up. Bowie’s been there, and it’s called New New York.

Cosmic Connection to Billie Piper

Billie Piper

Billie Piper

The greatest — and most tragic — love story in the Doctor Who canon is undoubtedly between “Number Ten” (David Tennant) and Rose Tyler, better known as pop singer and star of the lurid show Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Billie Piper. Thing is, 10 wasn’t the only one with a connection to Piper. Piper and Bowie share a heat as intense as a thousand Cybermen x-ray lasers.

Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey

Changes & Regenerations

If ever there was a song that thinly disguised the existential angst of a Time Lord it would be “Changes” from David Bowie’s 1971 album Hunky Dory. Bowie’s chameleon-like shifts in appearance and personality are all summed up in four simple lines:

Ch-ch-Changes
Just gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

Indeed, you can’t trace time. In fact, another Time Lord confirmed that (see above video).

David Bowie in a scarf

David Bowie in a scarf

Love of Scarves

If “Fourth Doctor” Tom Baker proved anything during his time in the TARDIS between 1974-81 it’s that Time Lords love scarves. The fourth Doctor had a signature extra long number that would drag on the ground and need constant adjusting. Not coincidentally, David Bowie loves scarves, too. He’s been photographed wearing an assortment of neck-cessories with a higher-than-normal frequency over the years.

“Still Not Ginger!”

David Bowie

David Bowie

Ginger-Obsessive

Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust era saw the spacey singer as a fiery redhead, a regeneration trait that many a Doctor has sought after, especially “Number Eleven.”

Back in Time With Bowie

The John Simm Connection

John Simm, the actor who played the Doctor’s arch nemesis the Master, also starred as Sam Tyler in BBC’s Life on Mars, a crime drama featuring a policeman who travels back in time. Bowie has a song called “Life on Mars.” And a sequel to the television series was called “Ashes to Ashes.” There’s a cosmic connection here that’s no accident.

This story was originally published January 9, 2013 on AOL Spinner and was co-written with Cameron Matthews.

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Living A Real-Life Twin Peaks

RIP Laura Palmer

RIP Laura Palmer

When Twin Peaks debuted in 1990 it basically launched a genre — pretty blonde girl gets murdered in small town, everything goes bonkers.

But what if you actually lived in a real town where something like that happened?

Sarah did. She lived in Welland, Ontario around the time the truly evil pair of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka were terrorizing the Niagara area.

She wrote about what it was like at that time in a feature story for Consequence of Sound’s Twin Peaks Week series.

To read the full story go here.

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John le Carré’s Sad Spies Represent A Better Masculinity

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

The Risky Fuel household is particularly pro-John le Carré and pretty much support all the author does while writing about spies with father issues who constantly get betrayed by the institutions they served.

Sarah argues these broken men, full of feelings, represent a better vision for masculinity than the traditional dude hero type.

She explained why in an essay for Electric Lit.

To read it go here.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’s Lessons In Womanhood

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, according to Sarah, has some merits that may not be obvious on the surface of the camp horror film.

That’s why she wrote “Nothing Has Prepared Me For The Reality of Womanhood Better Than ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2′” for Electric Literature.

To read the whole essay click here.

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Matt Good Tried To Create His Own Broken Social Scene

Matthew Good

Matthew Good

Matthew Good, Can-rock’s number one provocateur, says he attempted to create his own Vancouver version of Broken Social Scene, Toronto’s critically-lauded space jam indie rock outfit.

“I’ve tried to. I’ve tried to,” says Good, explaining how the BSS-imitation was one of many artistic ventures he’s embarked on since the Matthew Good Band officially dissolved in 2001. “I’ve tried to form tons of different side-projects. But you get involved with people and — a lot of the people I’ve been involved with — they just, it just turns into a power struggle. And all I ever want to do in those bands is just play rhythm guitar. I don’t even want to sing.”

As part of an interview for the cover story of Chart Magazine’s upcoming September 2004 issue — his first interview with the mag since ’01 — Good discussed BSS, as well as a wide range of topics including the final days of MGB, his new album (White Light Rock & Roll Review), his humanitarian efforts and related fights with right-wing organizations, his affection for country music, and some of the artistic ventures he hopes to tackle in the future.

Good’s Social Scene attempt came after listening to BSS’s You Forgot It In People album, one of his recent favourites.

“The last Broken Social Scene record I listened to quite a bit and I thought was really interesting,” he says. “A lot of the ideas on it were really, really good.”

Don’t think Good’s motives were all pure, though. Seeing how Good has been the rock ‘n’ roll point- person/figurehead for the last 10 years as a band leader and solo artist, being part of a jam-out gang would have given him some time to, in Don Cherryspeak, have a few “pops.”

“My idea of paradise is going on tour once in my life where I don’t have to go to bed early because I have to sing the next day,” he says. “I can just have a beer and talk to people and play guitar. Paradise.

“The collective idea is really interesting. It would probably be more interesting to see how long it would last really. ‘Cuz it can get a little convoluted… And it does have that kinda really cool factor to it.”

This news piece was originally published August 13, 2004 via Chart Communications.

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Franz Ferdinand, Hot-Blooded Girls And Fan Fiction

Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

A long time ago in a publishing galaxy far, far away, Sarah once interviewed Franz Ferdinand about “hot-blooded girls” (the band’s words) who wrote fan fiction pairing them up with Morrissey.

At the time she thought she had started something fun… and now she’s not too sure.

To read the whole story, head over to A.Side by clicking here.

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