Thursday, May 31, 2007

Scott and Stott

With the famously enigmatic Scott Walker giving interviews left, right and centre these days, I found myself idly musing about Wally Stott, the genius arranger behind many of his best songs. Whatever became of Wally, I wondered? The somewhat hair-raising answer is here. Food for thought...

10 comments:

  1. Did you get Scott W's last album, The Drift, Nige? I bought it but I admit one listen has proved enough for me.

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  2. Gave up on him long ago, Andrew - but still enjoy the old stuff once in a while (on vinyl). It is/was a great voice, and Wally/Angela a great arranger.

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  3. First Wilson, Kepple & Betty, and now Wally "I Used to be a Man" Scott. Esoteric realms. I think a good pointer towards art is to ask oneself that question of how would the Nazis have judged it, and I fear Wally would have to be judged degenerate.
    And Scott Walker a vinyl kind of person all right. Have you got his new album, The Drift? It's great- I listen to it all the time.

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  4. Sorry- just checked again, Wally STott. Amazing arranger all right...stuff like Boychild.
    Bit bizarre Scott Walker & Wally Stott, in fact very bizarre...I'm referring to the strange mirror image similarity between two very rare names, be they stage or not.

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  5. I mean that Scott Walker & Wally Stott would have worked together, not that the existence of the two names in themselves is bizarre Half an exclamation mark.

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  6. Andrew, if you don't mind my interrupting you, I'm curious to know more about Wally/Angela. I wonder if s/he was inspired to do his/her sex change by James/Jan Morris who had hers done in 1972. I'm convinced the unconscious mind -- the creative mind -- often embodies the opposite sex. (I know I write more than half of my short stories from a male p.o.v.) I wonder if for Stott/Morley and Morris there was even more to it-- something to do with England in those years?

    What do you guys -- I mean *lads* -- think? And where are the gals -- I mean *birds* (is that word still used?) -- in this discussion? All genders and sexualities, feel free to add to the discussion.

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  7. my two bits, susan - it's all bollocks.

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  8. Yes, but what if the bollocks has been removed, Ian?

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