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February 1, 2012

Book Notes - Courtney Taylor-Taylor - "One Model Nation"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, David Peace, Myla Goldberg, and many others.

One Model Nation is an ambitious graphic novel written by Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor that tells the story of a German band that rises to stardom only to mysteriously disappear in the 1970s.

The fictional band featured in the book, One Model Nation, released an EP, Totalwerks Vol. 1 (1969-1977) this week.

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In his own words, here is Courtney Taylor-Taylor's Book Notes music playlist for his graphic novel, One Model Nation:


Neu - "Negativland"

This is a band that only occasionally crosses over into the OMN thing for me. And it's this track which obviously influenced My Bloody Valentine that I strive for or that makes "Gypsum Noggur" somehow vintage German-y art.

Gary Numan - "Metal"

Pretty much anything off The Pleasure Principle or Tubeway Army would fit right in here. He had that big looping synth sound which came directly from that Kraftwerk-y thing. The militant style and aesthetic is omnipresent. Always just enough to understand the sexuality of a uniform in a dance club.


Laibach - "Life"

This track and this video really walloped me as a teen. Wtf! Well I guess its artsy to wear a fascist military uniform and sing patriotic songs. Cool. This band, again: a uniform is sexy on the dance floor.


Nitzer Ebb - "Control I'm Here"

Finally some clanging and banging. This is another huge formative band. When I was fourteen this seemed a lot more noisy than it does now but still my memory of it helped to push the banging on things agenda in the studio.


Belfegore - "All That I Wanted"

Okay this is the baddest thing I may have ever heard. This is where hard rock and industrial and Goth met in whatever year it was they met in. This track is probably my favorite of all these. I mean: "I painted a picture of your body to the wall. I painted your heart to a cross of fire. I painted your lips to the back of a spider." Man I actually believe he did.


Kraftwerk - "Das Model"

Besides inspiring the name and everything, this song just happened to be the Kraftwerk track that really sent me as a kid. It told me about being in a European dance club where everyone was beautiful artsy lonely and having a fabulous time.


Suicide - "Ghost Rider"

This is what the OMN track "Midnight Now You're Walking" does to me a bit. This is a band that is rarely imitated and I can’t understand why. If you were to say any band was cooler than Suicide you'd be wrong.


Crime and the City Solution- "Six Bells Chime"

I just really wanted to live in this scene from Wings of Desire and what with it being during the wall-era German art rock scene it certainly must have had a pretty serious effect on this project cuz it certainly had one on me. By the way, it sounds nothing like One Model Nation.


Courtney Taylor-Taylor and One Model Nation links:

the author's Wikipedia entry
the book's website
excerpt from the book
video trailer for the book

ComicBook.com review

Comic Book Resources profile of the author
Flavorwire guest post by the author (favorite graphic novels)
Huffington Post guest post by the author
MTV Geek interview with the author
Newsarama profile of the author
Suicide Girls interview with the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Book Notes playlists (authors create music playlists for their book)

List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
List of 2011 Year-End Online Music Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
52 Books, 52 Weeks (weekly book reviews)
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from the week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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