PULP WAVE (10)
December 20, 2022
PULP WAVE: INTRO by Charles Leech | PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, LET ME GET WHAT I WANT | PLANET CLAIRE | ONE OF OUR SUBMARINES | LET ME GO | PERFECT KISS | BELA LUGOSI’S DEAD | JUST LIKE HEAVEN | HAPPY HOUR | SHOUT | FALL ON ME. PS: Here’s a Spotify playlist. Also see: QUIRK YOUR ENTHUSIASM series | POPSZTÁR SAMIZDAT series | FILE X series | SURVIVAL SAMPLER.
An REM track from 1986’s Life’s Rich Pageant. I’d always loved the weary cynicism of ‘here’s the progress: we have found a way to talk around the problem’, but that proved very difficult to visualize in a cover. Although Stipe now demurs on the issue, the origin of the song was about acid rain, and the growing environmental concern about it (and the depletion of the ozone layer) prevalent in the mid-80s.
So, I went hunting for acid rain, the-sky-is-falling paperback covers, and quickly found this marvellous cover by Irving Freeman and Mark Rubin for the first edition of John Brunner’s sci-fi classic ‘The Sheep Look Up’. It’s a dystopian, post-apocalyptic story of environmental chaos, including polluted oceans, air — and acid rain. Highly poisonous acid rain. Don’t fall on me? Eh, it’s hard rain: it’s gonna fall.
CURATED SERIES at HILOBROW: LINOCUT 2022 by Lawry Hutcheson | PULP WAVE by Charles Leech | DRAWING TABLE WORLD by Theo Ellsworth | PARAMAX by Max Glenn | YUKO ODA by Yuko Oda | PLAGUE YEAR by Rick Pinchera | NOOSFERA by Charles Glaubitz | A SILENT HALLUCINATION by Alex Gerasev | BUNNY CITY by Gary Panter | HOP UP by Lucy Sante | HERE BE MONSTERS by Mister Reusch | DOWNTOWNE by Bradley Peterson | OUTBOUND TO MONTEVIDEO by Mimi Lipson | STERANKOISMS by Douglas Wolk | COOLING OFF THE COMMOTION by Chenjerai Kumanyika | UNFLOWN by Jacob Covey | ADEQUATED by Franklin Bruno | PINAKOTHEK by Lucy Sante | BIGFOOT ISLAND by Michael Lewy | DAILY DRUMPF by Rick Pinchera | WINDS OF MAGIC by James Parker | MUSEUM OF FEMORIBILIA by Lynn Peril | ROBOTS + MONSTERS by Joe Alterio | ANNOTATED GIF by Kerry Callen | NOMADBROW by Erik Davis | & many others.