Starring Rowdy Roddy Piper and released in 1988, ‘They Live’ was fuelled by Carpenter’s disdain for Reaganism, mass consumerism and the ‘unrestrained capitalism’ of the era. BUBBLEGUM examines the social commentary, enduring graphical impact and referential legacy of an often slept-on entry in John Carpenter’s body of work.
“He didn’t skate like a kid. He skated like a man and, obviously if you look at his footage now, he still skates like a fucking man.”
“The notion that skateboarding needs a critic is, of course, absurd. Skateboarding speaks for itself, and doesn’t need a commentator. With Instagram, however, when we post skateboarding clips, we are, even if subconsciously, looking for feedback, or approval.”
“I started to feel really uncomfortable, I was sending out the message that my life was only the fantasy.”
As a musician who lovingly imbues the conventions of country and folk with Yorkshire-based nuance, The Tandem Café in Meanwood is perhaps the most fitting venue for a Serious Sam Barrett gig…
“With a place like Palestine, a lot of people feel quite neglected; like the world has forgotten about them and doesn’t really care so the welcoming is overwhelming. It’s quite motivating and makes you want to continue to do that work because you can see the positive effect it has on the community.”
“I broke up with my girlfriend right in the middle of that part and that affected it a little bit. Which is basically what happened with my ‘Vase’ part too…”